9 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Titles Coming to Netflix in August
Utopia Season 1 - August 1
This acclaimed and popular British series follows a small group of people who find themselves in possession of the manuscript sequel of a cult graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments which is rumored to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century. It's set for an American adaptation directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara, but it's also a great show in its own right, and is worth checking out if you don't mind spoilers.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein - August 1
This is, predictably, a very different take on the Frankenstein story, with Mary Shelley's classic monster returning Alvin's lost teddy bear and befriending the adorable chipmunks.
Okay, so this is sort of a joke. But really, who doesn't love Alvin and the Chipmunks?
Chronic-Con, Episode 420: A New Dope - August 3
A response to Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Com: A Fan's Hope, comedian Doug Benson stars in a documentary about experiencing "nerd prom" San Diego Comic-Con while high. This silly documentary also features "fellow pot and film fanatics" Kevin Smith, Brian Posehn, Joe Rogan and even Spurlock himself.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead - August 4
Wyrnwood, which follows a mechanic who is attacked by a zombie horde, was only released in Australia, so this is most Americans' first chance to see it. But it received positive reviews from both Australian and American outlets, with critics praising its original script and its nods to greats like Dawn of the Dead, The Evil Dead, Bad Taste, Re-Animator and even Mad Max.
Doctor Who Series 8 - August 8
Peter Capaldi's first season as the Twelfth Doctor has been met with positive buzz from fans and critics alike, featuring a complex dynamic between the Doctor and Jenna Coleman's Clara, that controversial kiss between Jenny and Vastra, and the game-changing reveal of the Master's identity. Catch up before season nine, in which Capaldi, Coleman, and Michelle Gomez (who plays Missy) will all reprise their roles.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death - August 12
We can't exactly recommend Woman in Black 2, as it doesn't nearly live up to the atmospheric dread of the first film. Plus, it's much more difficult to get excited about a movie that doesn't star Harry Potter. But if you're a fan of the mythology of the first movie, it's an entertaining diversion.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - August 16
Like the Fox series Last Man on Earth, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World takes an apocalyptic premise and creates some unlikely comedy, with the even more unlikely pair of Keira Knightley and Steve Carell. This could easily have been terrible, and by all accounts wasn't quite as successful as the aforementioned television series, but Carell and Knightley's performances and chemistry were widely praised and one critic even called it "one of the year's most emotionally affecting movies."
Byzantium - August 27
This little-known horror movie stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother-daughter vampire duo, with Dexter and Elementary's Jonny Lee Miller as a nefarious Navy officer. It received positive reviews, and the deathly pale Ronan is so well-cast as a vampire, we say it's worth a look.
Once Upon a Time Season 4
It was the year of Frozen in the Once Upon a Time universe, with the introduction of Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff, as well as the new antagonists Snow Queen and Queens of Darkness (Ursula, Maleficent, and Cruella De Vil). The villain for next season becomes clear by the end, and it's a game-changer, but I won't give it away for anyone who's binging before season five.
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