Disnenchantment Netflix

All the sci-fi TV and movies coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in August 2018

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Aug 1, 2018

As far as genre and genre-ish originals are concerned, both Netflix and Amazon are bringing some high-profile projects out this month — but there’s still a whole lot to watch pretty much everywhere.

Netflix’s biggest genre premiere this month looks to be Matt Groening’s new animated fantasy series Disenchantment, which should be a great fit for all the Simpsons and Futurama fans already lingering around. Netflix also drops the second season of NBC’s fantastic, high-concept comedy The Good Place, the fifth season of The 100, and an assortment of fun genre flicks (Constantine, Batman Begins, Fellowship of the Ring, Dreamcatcher, etc.).

Hulu doesn’t have much in the way of originals, but the streamer does have a lot of fresh stuff. The second season of Stan Against Evil, Darren Aronofsky’s controversial mother!, and the original Terminator are all hitting this month. Over at Amazon, the Prime streaming service is prepping for one of its biggest launches yet: the genre-adjacent, spy-fi action series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (starring A Quiet Place alum John Krasinski). The series will also debut some deep cut genre flicks, and the 1990s schlock thriller Species trilogy.

Sure, the options are a bit out there this month, but there’s still plenty to save us from the summer heat.

NETFLIX

HIGHLIGHTS

Disenchantment (Netflix Original): Matt Groening is getting back in the saddle with a new series, and it certainly looks to have the Simpsons-y, Futurama-y vibe fans have grown to know and love. But instead of the future or present, this series is set in a messy fantasy kingdom where things are not as cheery as you might expect. If you dig Groening, this one should be a treat.

 

Constantine: Before Matt Ryan was bringing the Hellblazer to life on the small screen, Keanu Reeves whoa-d his way through a battle with demons for a feature film. Is it great? Well, no. Not really. But it’s still pretty darn good — featuring some interesting performances, cool effects, and a story that actually holds up pretty well these years later. If it's been a while, roll the dice and give it another shot.

 

The Good Place (Season 2): One of the best sitcoms on television finally drops its second season on Netflix. Following a small group of silly souls as they navigate the afterlife, the series is one of the smartest, funniest, twistiest, and all-around fantastic shows on television. It asks big questions about philosophy, and the nature of good and evil, and will still leave you cackling (or crying) once it's all over.

 

August 1
Batman Begins
Chernobyl Diaries
Clerks
Constantine
Dreamcatcher
Eraser
The Golden Compass
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

August 9
The Originals: Season 5

August 10
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7 (Netflix Original)

August 15
The 100: Season 5

August 16
Evan Almighty

August 17
Disenchantment (Netflix Original)
Magic for Humans (Netflix Original)

August 24
Ask the StoryBots: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Ghoul (Netflix Original)
The Innocents (Netflix Original)
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 3 (Netflix Original)

August 28
The Good Place: Season 2

August 31
Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest (Netflix Original)


HULU

HIGHLIGHTS

mother!: Darren Aronofsky’s controversial horror thriller hits streaming this month, in case you missed the divisive flick on the big screen. It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple dealing with unwelcome guests. At this point, that’s all we’ll say, but be prepared for literally anything walking into this one. It’s a psychological, mind-bending mess.

 

The Terminator: Forget the reboots and sequels (except for The Sarah Connor Chronicles, that show was great) and head back to the OG killer machine from the future story. Judgment Day gets most of the acclaim, deservedly, but this one is still an absolute classic that filmmakers are still trying to emulate.

 

Stan Against Evil (Season 2): This wild horror-comedy is one of cable’s best-kept secrets, quietly rolling out on IFC. The series stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as an ex-sheriff battling evil forces in his small town. The tone perfectly balances dark humor and horror, and the series only got better in Season 2. With the full run on Hulu, it’s a great time to catch up.

 

August 1
American Ninja
American Ninja III: Blood Hunt
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
The Ninth Gate
The Rock
Scary Movie 3
Shaun of the Dead
Species
Species II
Species III
Stir of Echoes
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming
Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf Too
The Time Machine

August 7
Wraith

August 8
Blood Ties

August 9
Desolation

August 13
The Powerpuff Girls Complete Season 2

August 15
The Monkey King 3

August 16
Stan Against Evil (Season 2)

August 26
mother!

August 31
The Terminator


AMAZON PRIME

HIGHLIGHTS

Frequency: No, we’re not talking about the short-lived (and actually pretty decent) The CW series from a couple years ago. This is the 2000 film that inspired it. Starring Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Andre Braugher, and Elizabeth Mitchell, this little slice of family drama genre fare really is a tight, interesting what-if story about reconnecting with a loved one across space and time with the help of some fuzzy, analog tech.

 

Species (trilogy): The sexy, slimy sci-fi film series brings its first three installments to Amazon this month, in case you’re looking for a throwback bit of 1990s gore and thrills. Is it high art? Far from it. But this trilogy was a hit at the time, and can still make for a schlocky good time.

 

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 1): It’s not exactly genre, but it should be spy-fi and genre-adjacent, so we’ll mention it here. This marks one of Amazon’s biggest original series swings to date, with a massive IP, a big star (A Quiet Place’s John Krasinski), and a broad action drama that could prove to be one of the service's biggest hits yet. Needless to say, Amazon has a good bit riding on this one. Here’s hoping it's good.

 

August 1
American Ninja
American Ninja III: Blood Hunt
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Frequency
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Species
Species II
Species III
Stir of Echoes
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming
Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf Too
The Blair Witch Project
The Ninth Gate
The Time Machine
Watchmen

August 6
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams

August 8
Blood Ties

August 26
mother!

August 31
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season 1

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