Summer is still in full swing, but we’re getting closer and closer to Halloween season. Or has the Halloween season already started? If the packed slate is any indication, it could be in progress.
August brings home 2022 horror releases, cult gems, and a ton of all-new straight-to-stream titles.
Here are ten standout horror titles available to stream in August 2022 on some of the most popular streaming services, as well as when and where you can watch them.
The Devil’s Backbone –HBO Max
Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, this period ghost is set during the Spanish Civil War. Recently orphaned, young Carlos is taken to an orphanage in the middle of nowhere and discovers it is full of dark secrets. The key to unlocking them, of course, is through his ghosts. Like all of del Toro’s films, The The Devil’s Backbone isn’t just a simple horror movie, but rather uses horror to bolster a more poignant tale that will give you all the thrills. This orphanage is steeped in betrayal and tragedy. His ghost causes some scares, but above all it will break your heart.
evil Dead (2013) – First video
A hands-on, effects-packed remake that honors the original in every way while creating a new generation of fans. Jane Levy stars as Mia, the antagonist-turned-heroine deserving of her own spin-off franchise. Lou Taylor Pucci’s Eric is also notable as a bookish teacher tasked with unleashing demonic forces on his group of friends simply trying to get their friend off drugs. Poor Eric takes a beating here. Alvarez’s film is lean, mean and so bloody. It rains blood in the finale, in a torrential downpour no less. With Evil Dead Rise looming somewhere on the horizon, now is the perfect time to revisit evil Dead.
The Scorpion King – Peacock
One of Jordan Peele’s most surprising references (and jokes) Nope has been The Mummy spin-off prequel The Scorpion King. Wouldn’t you know? You can now find it available to stream in August on Peacock. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays the title character, a desert warrior who rebels against an evil army destroying his land. Chuck Russell (The Blob, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) directed.
Prey – Hulu, August 5
Set in the Great Plains in 1719, Prey features Naru (Amber Midthunder), a young Comanche indifferent to fulfilling the domestic role that her tribe expects of her. Naru wants to hunt, like his brother and respected hunter Taabe (Dakota Beavers). She misses her first chance to prove her skills in a rite of passage when she notices something wrong Ridge. Naru realizes that he brings a large and unknown threat and sets to test his mettle and protect his tribe. Prey is inspired by the years 1987 Predator in terms of simplicity and gory action-horror. Its cultural specificity and period setting lends an epic period feel and introduces emotional stakes through its memorable characters.
highway– Chill, August 8
Little Red Riding Hood gets a modern and unexpected makeover. Reese Witherspoon plays Vanessa, a teenage girl on the run after her mother and stepfather are arrested for prostitution and drug trafficking. On her way to her grandmother’s house, she crosses paths with the movie version of the Big Bad Wolf, serial killer Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland). An over-the-top satire, this version of the fairy tale isn’t conventional horror, but it does blur the lines with its brutality. As if serial murder wasn’t enough, Bob is a violent pedophile. Emphasis on violence. Witherspoon and Sutherland turn in fantastic performances here.
Day shift – Netflix, August 12
Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg team up to slay vampires this summer in Netflix’s new horror-comedy. Foxx stars as a hard-working blue-collar father who wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter. Of course, his mundane job cleaning pools in the San Fernando Valley is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an international union of hunters.
Innocents – Thrill, August 18
Innocents is a provocative look at the fine razor line between good and evil and the dark side of innocence. Four compelling performances ground the disturbing horror, adding complex emotion and morality to fuel the tension. Writer/director Eskil Vogt paints a stunning portrait of childhood morality with the story of four children discovering supernatural abilities over the course of a summer. Vogt twists the knife further by placing it under the bright northern sun; the terror these children commit happens under the noses of adults, often in plain sight, with no one being the wiser. The emotional authenticity heightens the horror, creating one of the most viscerally disturbing depictions of childhood in recent memory.
Orphan: first murder – Paramount+, August 19
Esther is back! Isabelle Fuhrman takes over the role of Esther in Orphan: first murder, this time in a prequel exploring her first targets after escaping from an Estonian mental institution. Esther assumes the identity of the missing daughter of a wealthy family, and things quickly go awry. William Brent Bell (The boy) takes the lead. Rossif Sutherland and Julia Stiles star alongside Isabelle Fuhrman.
Observer – Chill, August 26
American Julia (Maika Monroe) is left almost entirely on her own to adjust to a new country and culture, and it’s made even harder by the language barrier. Alone all day and increasingly at night, Julia looks out the window and notices a strange face staring at him. This feeling of being watched turns into full-fledged paranoia. But is anyone following Julia, or is it a byproduct of loneliness and culture shock? Chloe Okuno’s ability to create uncanny unease from a simple premise impresses. It’s a measured, brooding psychodrama that allows Okuno to wear his influences on his sleeves, making them his own, all the way to a bloody, satisfying finale.
pussy cake – SCREAMBOX, August 30
If you need another bloody game perfect for the midnight crowd, then pussy cake is for you. In the film, a struggling all-girl rock band embarks on a new tour, hoping to rekindle their popularity. However, things start off badly when they show up for their first gig to find the town deserted. After attracting the attention of horrors beyond our reality, the band realizes that being overlooked by their fans is the least of their problems. Expect chaotic energy, monsters, and lots of blood and guts.