Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the horror content coming to and leaving from your favorite streaming services. Here’s what to watch in June 2022:
Believe it or not folks, we’re halfway through the year. If you’re anything like me, your 2022 watchlist has already shamefully bloated to an unwieldy size. But fear not, dear reader. Or rather do, because if you’re a horror fan I’ve got you covered, and fear is the name of the game! There may be blooming flowers and long sunny days in our future. But streaming services continue to diligently add a steady stream of spooky offerings to their catalogs. Lucky us! That watchlist will wane in no time.
I mentioned this last month, but it bears repeating because inflation is real: Freevee, formerly known as IMDb TV, as its name suggests, is free! Tubi, which has one of the best libraries out there, is also free.
So all that said, be sure to peruse the complete list below, calendar in hand, for a full picture of what horror movies are coming and going from your favorite streaming services in June 2022. Keep in mind that all dates listed below may not apply to viewers outside the US.
June 2022 Horror Streaming Cheat Sheet
- Celebrate Pride Month over at Shudder with their LGBTQ+ collection of Queer chillers, which sees the addition of five films from prolific gay Spanish filmmaker Eloy de la Iglesia as of June 1st.
- In other curation news, ARROW is adding and bulking up six (six!) collections: The Art of Cult and The Trancers Collection (on June 1st); The Vinegar Syndrome Collection (June 6th); I Think You Should Leave (June 10th); Should Have Seen It Coming (June 16th), and the AGFA Collection (June 20th).
- If you’ve ever wanted to blitz through the Alien franchise, pop over to Hulu on June 1st to catch Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien V. Predator (2004), and Alien V. Predator: Requiem (2007). You could even make a real meal of things and pop over to the free-to-watch Freevee to watch Prometheus (2012), which also arrives on June 1st.
- Rejoice, fans of our two greatest living actors — Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart — the whole Twilight Saga arrives on Prime Video at the beginning of the month.
- The first three films in The Mummy trilogy (a.k.a. The Mummy (1999); The Mummy Returns (2001), and The Scorpion King (2002)) leave HBO Max on June 30th.
- The first four Jaws films are set to hit Peacock on June 13th.
- The very silly and seasonally appropriate I Know What You Did Last Summer hits HBO Max on June 1st.
- Incredible, restored copies of the first two Alligator films are hitting streaming this month. The first film is one of the finest performances from the great Robert Forster and I would encourage you to let that information guide your mouse cursor (over to Shudder … on June 2nd).
- As far as new releases go, The Accused (2021) hits Hulu on June 7th; The Dustwalker (2020) and Carrion (2020) are leaving Hulu on June 30th; Offseason hits Shudder on June 10th; Revealer (2022) hits Shudder on June 23rd, and The Long Night (2022) arrives on Shudder on June 30th. Read on for two more new releases that we’ve decided to give special shout-outs to!
Horror Streaming Highlights for June 2022
Pick of the Month: Mad God (2021)
Synopsis: A rusty diving bell is lowered into the bowels of a bombed-out city. As the masked Assassin descends further and further into the abyss, through senseless carnage, dusty idols, and voracious predators around every corner, their mysterious purpose is transmogrified into a cosmic journey with unimaginable consequences.
If that plot summary sounded a bit vague — you’re absolutely right: it was! Mad God is an evasive, experimental viewing experience: a wordless visual nightmare that took its creator, the great Phil Tippett, three decades to complete. Combining stop-motion, live-action, miniatures, and other dark movie magic, Mad God is a miracle, a curse, and a delight from start to finish. I truly have not seen anything before quite like Mad God, which reeks of that unmistakable uniqueness born from grotesque labors of love. But in the interest of converting skeptics and saving souls: it is as if Cyberdream’s 1995 point-and-click adaptation of I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream got into a Cronenbergian car-wreck with Dante’s Inferno and 1982’s The Wall. Intrigued? Terrified? That’s the spirit. Dive in as blind as you can (for all its subconscious nightmare logic, surprises abound. This is one of those films where half the fun is coming away with your own interpretations).
Available on Shudder June 16th.
A body horror sci-fi nightmare starring Rock Hudson
Synopsis: Middle-aged banker Arthur Hamilton is unhappy with his life. By chance, he’s offered the chance to start anew when he receives a phone call from his old friend Charlie … who was supposed to be dead. As Arthur listens in disbelief, Charlie explains that he represents a company that offers a service that seems too good to be true: a new body, new face, and new lease on life. With a new identity based on his subconscious desires, Arthur re-enters the world as Tony Wilson, a successful painter. But when Arthur/Tony struggles to adapt to his new, ostensibly “better” life, will the company understand?
A sinister genre hybrid (sci-fi! horror! thriller! drama!) directed by John Frankenheimer, Seconds is a film drenched in paranoia and identity squirminess that left ample thumbprints all over genre cinema. With disarming risk-taking for a Hollywood film (bolstered by queasy, leering photography by the legendary Chinese-American DP James Wong Howe, Seconds also boasts one of the most alarming editing the mid-1960s had to offer (courtesy of Ferris Webster and David Newhouse).
(Also — if you’re feeling a bit intimidated by the size of the horror offerings on other streaming services, Seconds is literally the only horror movie being added to The Criterion Channel this month. Easy peasy!).
Available on The Criterion Channel on June 1st.
A stark slow-burn psycho-thriller that sent a chill through Fantasia
Synopsis: Set against the brooding backdrop of rural Newfoundland, a former priest reeling from the tragic death of his adopted daughter is struggling to maintain his faith. Then, when a young man arrives wounded on his doorstep, the priest sees an opportunity for redemption. When things take a dark turn, it’s unclear if the stranger is an emissary of God’s wrath … or a messenger from the Devil himself.
Premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival in 2021, The Righteous is a remarkable feature film debut from Mark O’Brien who also co-stars, writes, and executive produces (astute readers might remember O’Brien as Alex, the young groom, in 2019’s Ready or Not). The Righteous waltzed away with Fantasia’s Best Screenplay award as well as the Best Cinematography award at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Indeed, these are two of the film’s strongest points: a dense, involving script and a stark, black-and-white aesthetic. All told, if you’re a fan of performance-led, tension-filled thrillers and like to get on the ground floor of promising talent, you’d do well to seek this Canadian chiller out.
Available on ARROW June 10th.
A suburb-set horror-comedy about the Satanic Panic
Synopsis: An antsy suburbanite with way too much time on his hands grows increasingly convinced that the oddball new family next door are members of a Satanic cult. Naturally, the only sane and hinged (that’s the opposite of unhinged, right?) thing to do is to invade their privacy, break into their home, and expose the truth.
First of all, a moment of respectful silence for the casting director who lobbied for Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher as a suburban married couple. Chef’s kiss. Second of all, the 1989 horror comedy, The ‘Burbs, is certainly enjoyable in its own right. I’d argue that what sends this flick into the stratosphere is its engagement with the Satanic Panic; the paranoid period in American history that saw occult rumblings around every corner. ‘The Burbs does an incredible (and hilarious) job of pointing out the irony that obsessive moralism has an unmistakably cult-y, fundamentalist bent to it.
Directed by the great Joe Dante (which explains why Dick Miller is in the above image), The ‘Burbs is also a great watch this June because it’s one of those horror films that capture the vibe that summer is around the corner. Big porch party vibes. Enormous “let’s have some cold brewskis on our perfectly manicured lawn” energy. Pun intended: hell yeah.
Available on Peacock June 1st.
Streamable Horror Incoming This MonthFresh blood: A list of all the horror content coming to streaming services in June 2022.
|ARROW||Torso (1973)||June 1|
|ARROW||The Psychic (1977)||June 1|
|ARROW||Hell High (1989)||June 1|
|ARROW||The Righteous (2021)||June 10|
|ARROW||Intruder (1989)||June 13|
|ARROW||Blood Dolls (1999)||June 17|
|The Criterion Channel||Seconds (1966)||June 1|
|Freevee||Prometheus (2012)||June 1|
|HBO Max||Assassination Nation (2018)||June 1|
|HBO Max||Day Breakers (2009)||June 1|
|HBO Max||I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)||June 1|
|HBO Max||I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)||June 1|
|HBO Max||I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)||June 1|
|Hulu||Alien (1979)||June 1|
|Hulu||Aliens (1986)||June 1|
|Hulu||Alien 3 (1992)||June 1|
|Hulu||Alien: Resurrection (1997)||June 1|
|Hulu||Alien V. Predator (2004)||June 1|
|Hulu||Alien V. Predator: Requiem (2007)||June 1|
|Hulu||Cabin Fever (2003)||June 1|
|Hulu||Predator (1987)||June 1|
|Hulu||Predator II (1990)||June 1|
|Hulu||Predators (2010)||June 1|
|Hulu||When a Stranger Calls (2006)||June 1|
|Hulu||The Accursed (2021)||June 7|
|Hulu||Scary Movie 5 (2013)||June 15|
|Netflix||It (2017)||June 19|
|Paramount+||Friday The 13th (unclear which version)||June 1|
|Paramount+||Interview with the Vampire (1994)||June 1|
|Paramount+||Scream 4 (2011)||June 1|
|Peacock||The ‘Burbs (1989)||June 1|
|Peacock||Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)||June 1|
|Peacock||The Thing (1982)||June 1|
|Peacock||Van Helsing (2004)||June 1|
|Peacock||Jaws (1975)||June 13|
|Peacock||Jaws 2 (1983)||June 13|
|Peacock||Jaws 3-D (1983)||June 13|
|Peacock||Jaws: The Revenge (1987)||June 13|
|Prime Video||Black Swan (2010)||June 1|
|Prime Video||The Hills Have Eyes (2006)||June 1|
|Prime Video||The Hills Have Eyes Unrated (2006)||June 1|
|Prime Video||Mother! (2017)||June 1|
|Prime Video||Shaun of the Dead (2004)||June 1|
|Prime Video||Twilight (2008)||June 1|
|Prime Video||The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)||June 1|
|Prime Video||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)||June 1|
|Prime Video||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)||June 1|
|Prime Video||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)|
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
|Prime Video||Rosemary’s Baby (1968)||June 1|
|Prime Video||Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)||June 12|
|Shudder||Eye of the Cat (1969)||June 1|
|Shudder||In the Mouth of Madness (1994)||June 1|
|Shudder||Poltergeist (unclear which version)||June 1|
|Shudder||Mary, Mary Bloody Mary (1975)||June 1|
|Shudder||Alligator (1980)||June 2|
|Shudder||Alligator II: The Mutilation (1981)||June 2|
|Shudder||Backcountry (2014)||June 6|
|Shudder||A Lonely Place to Die (2011)||June 6|
|Shudder||The Wild Boys (2017)||June 6|
|Shudder||Offseason (2022)||June 10|
|Shudder||The Clovehitch Killer (2018)||June 13|
|Shudder||Mad God (2021)||June 16|
|Shudder||The Freakmaker (1974)||June 20|
|Shudder||Grizzly (1976)||June 20|
|Shudder||Day of the Animals (1977)||June 20|
|Shudder||Revealer (2022)||June 23|
|Shudder||The Long Night (2022)||June 30|
|Tubi||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)||June 1|
|Tubi||The Conjuring (2013)||June 1|
|Tubi||Titanic 666 (2022)||June 1|
|Tubi||Brightburn (2019)||June 5|
Horror Titles Expiring from Streaming Soon
|HBO Max||Amityville 3-D (1983)||June 30|
|HBO Max||Amityville II: The Possession (1982)||June 30|
|HBO Max||Dark Water (2005)||June 30|
|HBO Max||Disturbia (2007)||June 30|
|HBO Max||Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)||June 30|
|HBO Max||John Dies at the End (2012)||June 30|
|HBO Max||The Mummy (1999)||June 30|
|HBO Max||The Mummy Returns (2001)||June 30|
|HBO Max||The Scorpion King (2002)||June 30|
|Hulu||The Dustwalker (2020)||June 14|
|Hulu||Carrion (2020)||June 23|
|Hulu||The Limehouse Golem (2016)||June 30|
|Hulu||Alien (1979)||June 30|
|Hulu||Aliens (1986)||June 30|
|Hulu||Alien 3 (1992)||June 30|
|Hulu||Alien: Resurrection (1997)||June 30|
|Hulu||Carnage Park (2016)||June 30|
|Hulu||The Cured (2018)||June 30|
|Hulu||Drag Me to Hell (2009)||June 30|
|Hulu||Hellions (2015)||June 30|
|Hulu||The House That Jack Built (2018)||June 30|
|Hulu||I Know Who Killed Me (2007)||June 30|
|Hulu||John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)||June 30|
|Hulu||Manic (2013)||June 30|
|Hulu||Shelley (2016)||June 30|
|Netflix||Vampire Academy (2014)||June 6|
|Netflix||Corpse Bride (2005)||June 30|
|Netflix||The Exorcist (1973)||June 30|
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