Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Streaming June 2021: Netflix, Disney+


The first three RoboCop films are streaming this month.

The first three RoboCop movies are streaming this month.
Photo: Orion

Though loads of movie theaters are as soon as once more again to full perform, the safer possibility for leisure stays streaming, and followers who select to remain house and take benefit are consistently rewarded with tons of latest content material. At the start of each month, most streamers—Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney+, and HBO Max—do some shuffle, including new films and taking some away. io9 is right here that can assist you slender down your decision-making.

Welcome to the Nerd’s Watch, our month-to-month column the place we curate probably the most fascinating sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies (and tv exhibits) coming to the largest streaming companies. There is plenty of new content material available for July 2021, so let’s get to it.


What’s coming to Netflix in July?

All the Twilight movies are coming to Netflix.

All the Twilight films are coming to Netflix.
Photo: Lionsgate

Available July 1

Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway – Our personal James Whitbrook is very excited about this one. The characteristic movie is described as follows: “After Char’s rebellion, Hathaway Noa leads an insurgency against Earth Federation, but meeting an enemy officer and a mysterious woman alters his fate.”

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember – In which each you and Austin Powers journey again to a different time and revisit this mega-hit comedy franchise starring Mike Myers.

Charlie’s Angels – McG’s stylized motion adaptation of the classic TV show is far more enjoyable than it must be, principally due to stars Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore.

Congo – While this Michael Crichton adaptation a couple of hyper-intelligent gorilla (and a complete bunch of different stuff) in all probability brings up reminiscences each good and unhealthy for a lot of filmgoers, once I give it some thought all I hear is “Tickle Amy.”

The Game – David Fincher’s underrated crime thriller stars Michael Douglas as a person caught in a really unhealthy scenario which will or might not be really taking place.

The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part II, The Karate Kid Part III – With the upcoming season of Cobra Kai set to focus on the events of Karate Kid Part III, now you possibly can compensate for this legendary film franchise.

Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan are only a few of the individuals who lend their voices to this glorious, hilarious animated movie franchise.

Mortal Kombat (1995) – While the new one is surprisingly good, it’s exhausting to beat the tremendous tacky 1995 model (with the unimaginable techno beats) that got here out within the midst of the sport’s reputation.

Star Trek – J.J. Abrams’ finest Star film involves Netflix. Oh, and it’s not even shut.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day – One of the most effective sci-fi movies, and sequels, of all time, involves Netflix just in time for its 30th anniversary. James Cameron, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, you possibly can’t beat it.

Underworld, Underworld: Awakening, Underworld: Rise of the LycansKate Beckinsale finds herself smack dab in the course of a battle between werewolves and vampires on this darkish sci-fi horror franchise. These are three of the collection’ 5 movies. (These three are additionally on Hulu, the place you additionally get Underworld Evolution, which can be on Amazon. But simply that one. Streaming rights are bizarre.)

What Dreams May Come – Robin Williams goes someplace past actuality on this luxurious, Oscar-winning drama.

Zathura: A Space Adventure – There’s an excessive amount of to say about this Jon Favreau Jumanji spin-off, so head here to read our full Retro Review.

Available July 2

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 The first of three movies based mostly on the R.L. Stine guide collection, all of that are connected and will be released in subsequent weeks. It looks like a brilliant cool, doubtlessly scary, experiment. Fear Street Part 2: 1978 is out July 9 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is out July 16.

Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi masterpiece stars Chris Evans as a person who has to battle his manner by a class-divided prepare that consistently circles round a frozen Earth. It’s past nice.

Available July 8

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Netflix’s new anime collection based mostly on the favored online game franchise that’s on no account, in any respect, political. Seriously. Not in any respect.

Available July 14

A Classic Horror Story We haven’t seen this Italian horror film simply but however wow does the trailer look excellent.

Gunpowder Milkshake Described as “the mother of all action movies,” this Netflix authentic stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett, so, yeah. That sounds about proper.

Available July 16

Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 – The tremendous in style tween franchise will quickly be discovered on Netflix. Let the vampire baseball, creepy CGI babies, and glowing pores and skin start.

Available July 21

The Movies That Made Us: Season 2The glorious Netflix documentary collection that dives behind the scenes of a few of your favourite movies is again. It’s unclear what’s coming this season however prior to now, it’s lined Die Hard, Ghostbusters, Home Alone, and extra.

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans A mega Netflix animated crossover sees characters from Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards group as much as save the world.

Available July 23

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Kevin Smith’s fan-service return to Eternia picks up the story of He-Man, Skeleton, and the remainder of the Masters of the Universe after the original show.


What’s coming to Hulu in July?

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is a sci-fi fantasy movie. You gotta see it.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is a sci-fi fantasy film. You gotta see it.
Photo: Lionsgate

Available July 1

28 Days Later, 28 Weeks LaterTwo of the most effective fashionable zombie films come to streaming, able to ship delights and frights with loads of fast-running undead.

BeetlejuiceTim Burton’s hilarious, gross, genius movie stars Michael Keaton as a ghost who goes off the rails as he tries to scare a household out of a home. Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara co-star.

Galaxy QuestIf J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is the most effective Star Wars film in current reminiscence, it’s in all probability protected to say this ingenious comedy starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman might be the most effective Star Trek film in current reminiscence too.

The Mask Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz star on this free comedian guide adaptation a couple of man who finds a masks that turns him right into a green-faced creature with zero inhibitions.

The NaturalIs The Natural only a regular sports activities film? I don’t suppose so. Robert Redford performs Roy Hobbs, whose comeback as a baseball icon who missed his prime and comes into possession of a magic bat is nearly as near fantasy as one can get with out being apparent.

The Polar ExpressSuper duper creepy efficiency seize expertise apart, this Robert Zemeckis/Tom Hanks collaboration is definitely a really good, heartwarming, vacation movie. If you may get previous its technical oddities.

RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3A franchise of diminishing returns, which is okay when the 1987 Paul Verhoeven authentic is a stone-cold masterpiece of violence and politics. A movie really forward of its time. The sequels? Less so.

Rookie of the Year Much in the best way The Natural is fantasy if you happen to squint your eyes at it, metaphorically talking, so is Rookie of the Year, the place a child will get an damage that permits him to pitch within the Major Leagues. So ridiculous, however so nice.

Space Jam With the sequel mere days away, the unique Michael Jordan hybrid exhibits up… on a competing streaming service. Odd however not less than it’s out there someplace.

Stand by MeRob Reiner directs this unimaginable, timeless story of friendship from the thoughts of Stephen King. Kiefer Sutherland, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell star.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: First Contact One was launched in 1986, the opposite 1996. Might be enjoyable to observe them again to again and see simply how far the Trek franchise went in a decade.

SunshineWith 28 Days Later additionally coming to Hulu, you possibly can have your self a superb Danny Boyle sci-fi marathon, particularly if you happen to pair that with this heady, superior deep-space journey co-starring Chris Evans and Cillian Murphy.

Take Shelter Michael Shannon stars on this slow-burn psychological thriller a couple of father who pleads together with his household that the world is coming to an finish. The query turns into, is it? Or is he simply going mad? Jessica Chastain co-stars.

The TerminatorA movie of big historic significance within the careers of everybody concerned, in addition to simply being an all-around participating, thrilling, terrifying sci-fi motion movie. Cameron, Arnold, Hamilton, Biehn, the most effective.

Universal SoldierJean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren star on this strong 1992 sci-fi motion movie as troopers who’re killed throughout Vietnam after which introduced again sooner or later to proceed to do battle. Check out our Retro Review.

Available July 2

Bill & Ted Face the MusicIf you missed out on of 2020’s hidden gems, a movie many years within the making that finally got made, and made nicely, you’ll have an opportunity to meet up with Bill and Ted on Hulu quickly.

Available July 9

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar On the floor, this Kristen Wiig comedy appears fairly simple. When you watch it although, a lot wild, bizarre, borderline unbelievable stuff occurs, nicely, it’s an io9 film for damned certain. And it’s hilarious. Highest attainable suggestion.

Available July 15

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever MadeA extremely entertaining documentary about a few buddies who got down to make a shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark once they had been youngsters, and the wrestle it takes to lastly end their lifelong dream.


What’s coming to Amazon in July?

Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy is coming to Amazon.

Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy is coming to Amazon.
Photo: Sony

Available July 1

Across the Universe – A gorgeous, lyrical, romantic movie set to the music of the Beatles. Great to observe and revel in, however even good to only placed on within the background.

Alien – If you’re studying this and don’t know what Alien is, I don’t know what to let you know. Well, besides that you must go to your calendar app and make an observation that on July 1, it’s time to have your thoughts blown with among the best films ever, over on Amazon.

Green Lantern – Oh certain, most individuals think about Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern film to be one of many worst superhero films ever, however if you happen to go in with that mindset, you’re sure to be pleasantly stunned. It’s unhealthy nevertheless it’s not that unhealthy. Some components are literally sort of nice.

HellboyHellboy looks like a film manner forward of its time. It’s a freaking Guillermo del Toro Hellboy film. And it’s tremendous nice. But it got here out in 2004 and perhaps the world wasn’t prepared for it but. Imagine 15 years later although if somebody right now stated “Guillermo del Toro is making Hellboy!” It could be enormous worldwide information. And but it already exists and barely will get talked about.

I, Robot – Will Smith, killer robots, fairly good motion, value a watch.

Only Lovers Left Alive – Tom Hiddleston co-stars with Tilda Swinton on this atmospheric, funny, truly interesting vampire film directed by Jim Jarmusch. Totally value searching for out if you happen to’ve by no means seen it.

The Mask of Zorro – Antonio Banderas stars on this superior interval motion movie based mostly on the traditional character, Zorro. It’s obtained a fantastic mix of that Fifties fashion and Nineteen Nineties appeal.

Available July 2

The Tomorrow WarBefore the pandemic, this was going to be one in every of Paramount Pictures’ large 2020 vacation releases, however then the world modified and Amazon purchased it. And regardless of lackluster trailers, we’re hoping this Chris Pratt time journey motion movie will not less than be value a watch.


What’s coming to Disney+ in July?

Black Widow is here. Finally.

Black Widow is right here. Finally.
Photo: Marvel

Available July 2

The Sandlot, The Sandlot 2 – OK, so I’m on a kick of sports activities films mixing fantasy on this column—and since there’s a mythic, killer canine in The Sandlot, I’m going to place it right here. The truth it’s in all probability my favourite sports activities film of all time has nothing to do with it. Also, there’s a sequel, however I’d by no means topic myself to that.

Available July 7

Monsters at Work – When Disney+ was introduced, one of many large promoting factors was the promise of Pixar TV exhibits. And whereas Pixar has supplied some strong, short-form authentic content material for the streamer, this present— the primary one set after the occasions in Monsters Inc.—fulfills that promise. Sort of. Pixar didn’t make it, it’s simply the corporate’s characters.

Available July 9

Black Widow – On July 9 you possibly can go to the theater, or you possibly can spend $30 and watch the most recent movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow, from the consolation of your individual house. Or you are able to do each! And excellent news, it’s a strong MCU movie with enormous motion and a few nice reveals as nicely. Keep a watch out for our full review.

Available July 21

Behind the Attraction – This must be superior. It’s a multi-part documentary show speaking in regards to the historical past of a bunch of classic Disney theme park rides, and it’s produced by Dwayne Johnson due to a movie two entries down from right here.

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Loki – As has been Disney’s sample, when Loki ends, the following week the studio will drop an hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary instead. These have been great and we hope this one is simply too.

Available July 30

Jungle Cruise – July brings two large Disney theatrical movies to the streamer. First is Black Widow, the second is that this long-in-development adaptation of the Disney ride starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. The trailer gives off big-time Pirates of the Caribbean vibes and if it’s half pretty much as good as that movie, it’ll be value the additional $30 to get it on the service.


What’s coming to HBO Max in July?

Demolition Man is just the best.

Demolition Man is simply the most effective.
Photo: Warner Bros.

Available July 1

Demolition ManGrab some Taco Bell and enjoy among the best sci-fi motion movies of the Nineteen Nineties that includes Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, and Denis Leary.

Firestarter – This movie, based mostly on a Stephen King novel, is currently being remade, so why not compensate for the Drew Barrymore authentic? She performs a lady who can begin fires at will. If you didn’t guess from the title.

Joe Versus the Volcano – Tom Hanks agrees to throw himself right into a volcano earlier than falling in love with Meg Ryan on this cult 1990 comedy.

Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes – Several of the original Apes films are coming to Max. I’ve solely ever seen the unique so now I’ve an opportunity to dive into a few of the relaxation.

Pleasantville – Two youngsters get caught in a Fifties sitcom on this pre-WandaVision movie from 1998 starring Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. It’s excellent.

Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher – The 2008 and 2017 movies respectively. The former has plenty of followers, the latter not as a lot, however I’m nearly obligated to place them on right here since Marvel is such an enormous deal as of late.

Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3 – But not Scream 4? Come on now! It’s great! (The others are as nicely. Yes, even half three.)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – This 2003 Michael Bay-produced remake, clearly, isn’t pretty much as good as the original. But by way of Michael Bay-produced remakes, of which there are numerous, that is undoubtedly on the higher finish of the spectrum.

Trick ‘R Treat – This Halloween anthology story featuring the creepy kid Sam continues to rise the charts in terms of must-watch horror films. Now you can check it out and get freaked if you haven’t seen it but.

Westworld – Now you possibly can watch both the present, or the unique Michael Crichton movie it’s based mostly on starring Yul Brenner.

Available July 8

Wellington Paranormal, Season 1What We Do In the Shadows followers, rejoice. As you anticipate the following season of that present, this spinoff is now available on HBO Max.

Available July 16

Space Jam: A New Legacy – Decades after Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny, LeBron James goes to do it on this long-awaited sequel. It’ll even be in theaters however, if you happen to pay for Max, it’ll be free the day of.

Available July 24

Freaky – Another gem from 2020 you might have missed options Vince Vaughn enjoying a serial killer who swaps our bodies with a highschool woman, performed by Kathryn Newton. Bloody, humorous hijinks ensue on this better-than-it-should-be film.


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