Netflix has updated their July streaming list! …but not much horror has been added. Here are some notable horror adds:
Here Alone (July 1)
A post-apocalyptic film directed by Rod Blackhurst. Written by David Ebeltoft, the film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically on March 30, 2017.
Spawn (July 1)
A 1997 American supernatural superhero horror film based on the comic book character of the same name. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. Dippé, the film stars Michael Jai White in the title role, and is the first film to feature an African American portraying a major comic book superhero.
Spawn depicts the origin story of the title character, beginning with the murder of soldier/assassin Al Simmons. He is resurrected as Spawn, the reluctant, demonic leader of Hell’s army. He ultimately refuses to lead Hell’s army in the war against Heaven and turns away from evil. The film co-stars John Leguizamo (as Clown/The Violator, Al’s demonic guide and enemy of the film’s antagonist) and Nicol Williamson (as Al’s mentor, Cogliostro).
The film was Williamson’s final film appearance before his death on December 16, 2011. Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, D. B. Sweeney, Melinda Clarke, and Frank Welker (as the voice of Malebolgia) also star in the film.
Taking Lives (July 1)
A 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. The film was marketed with the tagline “He would kill to be you.”
The original music score was composed by Philip Glass and the main title’s theme was composed by Austrian Walter Werzowa, best known for the Intel jingle and his work in the band Edelweiss. The film was loosely adapted from a 1999 thriller novel by Michael Pye of the same title.
iZombie: Season 3 (July 5)
iZombie is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW. It is a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The series premiered on March 17, 2015.
The Void (July 6)
A 2016 Canadian horror film written and directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, and produced by Jonathan Bronfman and Casey Walker. It stars Aaron Poole as deputy Daniel Carter, Kenneth Welsh as Dr. Powell, Daniel Fathers as Vincent, Kathleen Munroe as Allison, and Ellen Wong as Kim. The plot follows a group of people who have been trapped in a hospital by a gathering of hooded cultists. The group soon discovers that the hospital has been inhabited by grotesque creatures.
The film was originally crowdfunded on Indiegogo and had raised $82,510. The film was originally shown at the 2016 Fantastic Fest and later at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. It was given a limited theatrical release in April 2017, initially opening in 31 theaters and later expanding to 50. It grossed an estimated $55,000 on its opening weekend. The film received generally positive reviews from critics with many citing comparisons to horror films from the 1980s.
Castelavania: Season 1 (July 7) –Netflix Original
Castlevania is an upcoming Canadian-American animated series. It has been announced by the streaming service Netflixas part of its original programming. The show is being showrun by Adi Shankar, who had previously teased plans for an animated mini-series based on Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse in 2015.
Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of Frederator Studios will also co-produce. Animation will be done by Powerhouse Animation Studios and directed by Sam Deats. The series will be written by Warren Ellis. Two seasons of this show have been planned, with the first season to release on July 7, 2017 and the second season sometime in 2018. The first season is anticipated to be four parts long at 30 minutes each.