Welcome to July, where the big story this month is the wide launch of NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service, which is bringing the ambitious sci-fi series Brave New World along as an A-list launch title. Beyond that, most major services are also bringing some new shows and movies along for the ride — so let’s dig in.
Peacock launches on July 15, with a deep catalog of TV shows and movies, plus Brave New World to get us hooked. Netflix is also bringing a whole lot of genre stuff to the table, most notably Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy. The new Charlize Theron film The Old Guard also drops, along with the wild fantasy thriller Warrior Nun, and the new Arthurian twist Cursed. Hulu is also bringing a splashy original, with Andy Samberg’s time-loop comedy Palm Springs. Amazon’s Prime Video isn’t sitting this month out, either, with Season 2 of action-thriller Hanna.
Digging deeper, HBO Max has a ton of new movies, along with new episodes of Doom Patrol (which are also dropping on DC Universe, of course). If you want something scary, Shudder has a fresh batch of terrifying horror fare, plus a fascinating docu-series looking deep into some rare gems of the genre.
Check out the full rundown below and let us know what you’ll be streaming in July.
Warrior Nun: The streamer’s latest original series — think Buffy but more bananas: Caught in the middle of an ancient war between good and evil, a young girl wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers. Her search for answers brings her to The Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil. While juggling her responsibilities as the chosen one with the normal obstacles of a teenage girl, this mysterious fantasy drama is full of mystery, action, adventure, and teenage romance, proving our main character might fight in the name of good, but she’s no angel.
The Old Guard: Netflix’s new original film starring Charlize Theron, and based on Greg Rucka’s acclaimed graphic novel: Led by a warrior named Andy, a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and the team’s newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary.
Cursed: The Arthurian legend gets a girl-power twist, as the lady of the lake goes on an adventure of her own. The project comes from Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler, and stars Katherine Langford.
The Umbrella Academy (Season 2): One of the coolest, weirdest superhero shows is finally back in action. From the minds of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy is the story of a super-dysfunctional family of superheroes who have eight days to get it together and save the world.
Splice Sucker Punch
Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix Original)
Warrior Nun (Netflix Original)
Ju-On Origins (Netflix Original)
The Old Guard (Netflix Film)
Treehouse Detectives (Netflix Family)
The Hollow (Netflix Original)
Cursed (Netflix Original)
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 (Netflix Original)
A new month also brings a new streaming service launch. NBCUniversal’s Peacock service is going live on July 15, and is expected to bring with it the debut of the service’s high-profile Brave New World original series. The service is also looking to drop a deep catalog of other stuff, as well, including things like the OG Sci-Fi Channel (before it was SYFY) run of Battlestar Galactica, plus films such as Jurassic Park, E.T., and Shrek.
The service is also developing a revival of Battlestar Galactica, though it won’t be ready for a while.
Palm Springs: This buzzy indie flick puts a fresh twist on the old time-loop story: When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
Into the Dark: The Current Occupant (Hulu Original): The latest episode of Hulu’s long-running horror anthology is back, this time with a story set around the theme of Independence Day. The episode follows a man stuck in an asylum who comes to believe he’s actually the President of the United States, and trapped in a nefarious scheme.
Ghost Hunters Season 1
Psychic Kids Season 1
The UnXplained with William Shatner Season 1
UFOs: Secret Alien Technology
UFOs: Secret Missions Exposed
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
The Devil's Candy
The Devil's Rejects
Die Hard 4 (Live Free or Die Hard)
The Eye 2
Freddy Vs Jason
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
House of 1000 Corpses
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
The Ninth Gate
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Room of Death
Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man
Things to Come
BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense Season 1, Episodes 1-8 (DUBBED)
Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Season 1, Episodes 1-8 (DUBBED)
Palm Springs (Hulu Original)
Smile Down the Runway Season 1, Episodes 1-8 (DUBBED)
The Secret of Life on Earth
Plunderer Season 1, Episodes 1-12 (DUBBED)
Promised Neverland Season 1 (DUBBED)
Into the Dark: The Current Occupant (Hulu Original)
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 1, Episodes 1-9 (DUBBED)
2099: The Soldier Protocol
Infinite Dendrogram Season 1, Episodes 1-8 (DUBBED)
A Certain Scientific Railgun T Season 3, Episodes 1-11 (DUBBED)
Hanna Season 2: The second season of Prime Video’s buzzy action thriller: Keep an eye out for Hanna. Now that she’s found others just like her, Utrax will do anything to control her.
Vivarium: A twisty horror-thriller that shows the unescapable underbelly of suburbia. The film follows a couple (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) who become trapped in a cookie-cutter suburb with no escape. It only gets weirder from there.
Big Fish (2003)
Edge Of Darkness (2010)
Iron Eagle IV - On The Attack (1999)
Panic Room (2002)
The Bounty (1984)
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
The Eye (2008)
The Eye 2 (2004)
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Arthur Season 1 (PBS Kids)
Lego City Adventures Season 1
Lone Ranger Season 1 (Best Westerns Ever)
Hanna Season 2 - Amazon Original Series
Shakuntala Devi: The Human Computer (2020)
Absentia Season 3 - Amazon Original Series
Radioactive (2019) - Amazon Original Movie
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker: The Batman Beyond series took its own shot at the Joker mythology with this spinoff film. It’s mature, twisty, and positively terrifying. A fantastic addition to the future-set mythos.
Doom Patrol: The second season of DC Universe’s hit original series continues, as the D-list heroes try to not just save the world, but find a way to live in it. The first three episodes dropped at once, and new installments are now rolling out on a weekly basis.
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker
Batman vs. Robin
Son of Batman
Superman vs The Elite
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Wonder Woman (2009)
Doom Patrol “Sex Patrol”
Stargirl “Shiv Part Two”
Doom Patrol “Finger Patrol”
Doom Patrol “Space Patrol”
Stargirl “Brainwave Jr.”
Doom Patrol “Dumb Patrol”
Stargirl “Shining Knight”
Doom Patrol “Dad Patrol”
Obviously, Hamilton is the big story this month on Disney+ — but that’s not exactly genre. On the sci-fi side, Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to the service, along with the series premiere of the Muppet talk show series Muppets Now, which already has a laundry list of AAA stars in the lineup, including Seth Rogen, Aubrey Plaza, RuPaul, Taye Diggs, Danny Trejo, and Linda Cardellini.
Ice Age: Collision Course
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Lost City of Machu Picchu
The Mousketeers at Walt Disney World
A Pre-Opening Report From Disneyland
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Seasons 1-2
Cradle of the Gods
Lost Temple of the Inca
Marvel Funko Seasons 1-2
Muppets Now (Series Premiere )
A ton of animated DC stuff, plus new episodes of Doom Patrol: The HBO streamer is beefing up its DC animated fare this month, with a catalog of Batman animated films, a deep bench of Justice League animated films, and a bit of Green Lantern action. There are also some old-school Superman flicks, as well, plus fresh episodes of DC Universe original Doom Patrol.
The Matrix trilogy: With a fourth installment on the way, now is the perfect time to catch up on the OG Matrix trilogy. The action is still wild, and considering the mythology could get a bit convoluted, it never hurts to score a refresher.
Osmosis Jones: Time for a deep cut. The 2001 live-action/animated comedy hits streaming. The story bounces between the real world and inside the body of a man, where a battle is raging between a white blood cell cop out to stop a virus. It was a box office bomb, but has developed a bit of a cult appreciation in the years since for just being so bizarre and ambitious.
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero
Batman and Harley Quinn
Batman vs. Two-Face
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Batman: Year One
Death Becomes Her
Enemy of the State
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
Free Willy 3: The Rescue
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove
Freedom Fighters: The Ray
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
Green Lantern: First Flight
Jeepers Creepers 2
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Justice League: Doom
Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: The New Frontier
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Justice League: War
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash
Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High
Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash
Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Necessary Evil: The Super-Villains of DC Comics: Documentary Premiere
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Spies Like Us
Star Trek Sudden Impact
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Superman: The Movie
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
The Adventures of Pinocchio
The Batman vs. Dracula
The Exorcist The Polar Express
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
New Looney Tunes
Blue Exorcist Seasons 1-2
Smurfs Season 1
The Beach House: A Shudder original about a family that escapes off to a beach house in an effort to reconnect. But things take a turn when an infection breaks out, and there’s a whole lot to fear about this contagion.
Impetigore: This one was a 2020 Sundance selection, and picks up on a woman who survives a murder attempt only to learn she may inherit a home in her ancestral village. She returns to the village but doesn’t realize the people there have been trying to find her to stop a curse that has plagued them for years. The film stars Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, Marissa Anita, Christine Hakim, and Asmara Abigail; and was directed by Joko Anwar.
In Search of Darkness: This four-hour documentary series explores ‘80s horror films year-by-year, taking a deep dive into obscure and straight-to-video films of the era. Topics include practical effects; the home-video revolution; poster art and project marketing; creative and budgetary challenges; sound design and musical scores; the 3-D resurgence; heroes and villains; sex, nudity, and “the final girl” controversy; and the pop culture context that fueled the genre.
Return of the Living Dead
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers
Sleepaway Campers III: Teenage Wasteland
The Beach House
Maniac Cop 2
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence
Lake of Death
In Search of Darkness
CBS ALL ACCESS
The CBS streaming service, which is gearing up for a soft reboot down the line, dropped Season 2 of its The Twilight Zone revival last month. For July, there doesn’t look to be much in the high-profile launch lineup. But don’t forget, CBS All Access is the home of Star Trek — and there’s a whole lot of cool stuff coming down the pipe. The animated Star Trek: Lower Deck series, new seasons of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery, the Star Trek: Strange New World spinoff, and more. Just, you know, not this month.
The upstart, short-form streaming service is going through some post-launch problems, with adoption relatively low. But the service does have some cool genre fare, including horror series The Stranger, 50 States of Fright, Most Dangerous Game, Survive and more. An adaptation of The Fugitive is also on the way, though it won’t arrive until August.