Summer is almost upon us and the streaming options are more overwhelming than ever. A good problem to have, of course. June brings the heat with tons of new releases, including underseen animal attack horror movies, Lovecraftian gems, genre-benders, and more.
Here are ten must-watch horror titles available to stream this month – June 2022 – on some of the most popular streaming services, plus when and where you can watch them.
Alligator – Thrill
The plot, borrowed from a popular urban legend, follows a baby alligator flushed down the toilet. It ends up in the sewers, the exact spot used as a dumping ground for growth hormones and waste by a local lab. This cute baby alligator becomes a monstrous beast and wreaks havoc on the city. Only Robert Forster’s officer, David, can stop him. From director Lewis Teague (Cujo, cat eye), Alligator is legitimately good. He also earns major points for having the nerve to kill a child in a memorably suspenseful scene.
Annabelle Comes Home – Tubi
The Annabelle Trilogy started out as a rough spin-off movie and morphed into the perfect companion series for the heart and fear of Conspiracy. The third entry in the annabelle the series feels like a spooky trip to a carnival haunted house in the best possible way. Or maybe more like a haunted toy box that comes to life. Mckenna Grace carries the torch well as Judith Warren, and the treasure trove of spooky new entities provides a ghostly buffet. It is an entertaining game.
Colossal –HBO Max
Nacho Vigalondo’s genre-bender stars Anne Hathaway as Gloria, a mess of a party girl forced to go home when her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) throws her on the sidewalk. As she slowly gets back to her feet, a giant monster attacks Seoul. Gloria realizes that she might be linked to this strange phenomenon. Vigalondo applies the kaiju format to engaging character study. What begins as a life crisis comedy-drama slowly becomes more unsettling and the genre moves forward as Gloria’s tenuous relationship with her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) turns dark. It’s a solid bet if you’re looking for something outside the norm.
Good manners – AMC+, Kanopy, Frisson
Written and directed by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas, Good manners is a fabled horror story about lonely nurse Clara and the unexpected bond she forms with her wealthy employer Ana. Ana hires Clara to be her unborn child’s nanny, and although they come from vastly different backgrounds, the pair form a strong bond that is forever altered on one fateful night of terror. Playing out in two distinct narrative halves connected by that fateful night, the less you know about Good manners get in, the better. This dark fairy tale is a beautiful and often bloody entry into a beloved subgenre and offers plenty of heartfelt and heartbreaking surprises.
In the mouth of madness – AMC+, thrill
Do you read Sutter Cane? Of course you do. Written by Michael De Luca and directed by John Carpenter, this descent into madness isn’t taken directly from the works of Lovecraft, but looks like it could be. Sam Neill plays John Trent, an insurance investigator hired to search for a missing bestselling author whose books affect his fans in brutal ways. The further the investigation goes into John, the more surreal and dangerous things become. Hobb’s End is an insidious little town full of madness, creatures and death. In the mouth of madness closes Carpenter’s apocalyptic trilogy, this time adding Lovecraftian horror to fate.
The thing – Peacock
John Carpenter’s paranoia-laden masterpiece is a pinnacle of practical effects. Its snowy Antarctic setting plays a central role in isolation, paranoia and the struggle for survival. Running away from the shape-shifting alien who has infiltrated the ranks of a research team isn’t easy, thanks to his ability to assimilate humans as well as the storm raging outside. This classic keeps getting better with each new watch. If you need another excuse to come back, The thing turns 40 this month.
The man from the north – Peacock (June 3)
Alexander Skarsgård plays Amleth, the son of war raven king Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke). As a child, Amleth barely escapes with his life and flees into the sea after witnessing his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang) murder his father and claim his mother, Queen Gudrún (Nicole Kidman), as his wife. Years later, Amleth’s assimilation into a marauding clan directs his deep fury toward plunder and combat until a seer (Björk) hauntingly reminds him of his vows. Now old enough to fulfill them, Amleth embarks on a bloody quest to fulfill his destiny. Director Robert Eggers, who co-wrote The man from the north with Sjon (Lamb), again displays a meticulously researched vision that ambiguously blurs the lines between realism and the supernatural.
Out of season – Chill (June 10)
This Southern Gothic tale uses the logic and atmosphere of the dream, creating a captivating cosmic horror story directed by Jocelin Donahue. She travels to her hometown and finds herself trapped in an increasingly nightmarish scenario. This dream logic bears a striking resemblance to evil messiah in a weird tone, but writer/director Mickey Keating draws inspiration from David Lynch and Robert Altman. Many of Keating’s frequent collaborators appear, including stalwart Larry Fessenden. All of this makes for a very Lovecraftian tale.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Disney+ (June 22)
Multiverse of Madness uses two powerful assets for Doctor Strange’s latest outing: Sam Raimi and Elizabeth Olsen. Raimi easily returns to his horror movie roots and manages to infuse this sequel with as much horror as the MCU allows. The scenario of Loki Writer Michael Waldron lets demons and zombies run wild, but Raimi takes things a step further with his physical horror and comedy horror sensibilities. Eyeballs are gouged out, the dead injured, characters literally struggle with their inner demons, and the demonic POV tracking shot comes into view. Callbacks to past works creep in for the eagle-eyed fan, and Raimi even injects some effective jump scares in his attempt to make the antagonist a hulking and intimidating figure. It may follow the same MCU formula, but Raimi makes it fun.
Mist – Netflix (June 22)
Frank Darabont’s dark 2007 horror film may have been an adaptation of Stephen King’s short story, but both channeled Lovecraft for this gnarly tale. A violent storm unleashes a strange thick mist that passes through a lake and a town and envelops them. And that fog brings all sorts of bloodthirsty and deadly creatures, trapping survivors in a supermarket to fight for their lives. The monsters themselves, especially the massive ones, feel straight out of a Lovecraft story; but so are the characters. Faced with the unknowable horrors lurking in the mist, some supermarket dwellers are turning to religious fanaticism. Some are driven mad. Many of them die grotesquely. Above all, Mist delivers a dark sense of desperation that will leave you craving something uplifting to watch next.