It’s officially summer, but apparently HBO, Netflix and Amazon are determined to keep us indoors all month with this bounty of true crime documentaries and murdery movies. Here’s what I definitely plan to tune in for:
July 1 – Under the Silver Lake (Amazon Prime)
A hilariously demented spin on L.A. noir, directed by the mastermind behind one of my favorite horror movies, It Follows. Andrew Garfield stars as Sam, a paranoid scrub who becomes obsessed with the solving the sudden disappearance of his new neighbor. It’s described as Lynchian, so I’m in.
July 3 – The Last Czars (Netflix)
We’ve seen the production quality Netflix is capable of on The Crown, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much they pour into this part-reenactment and part- documentary series about the Romanov family.
July 7 – Sicilian Ghost Story (Netflix)
When a 13-year-old boy mysteriously disappears at the edge of a spooky forest (!!!), his classmate Luna is determined to find out what happened to him. After ravenously consuming the second season of Dark, this looks like a great foreign language follow-up.
July 9 – I Love You, Now Die (HBO)
Tune in at 8 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday for this two-part documentary about the 2014 texting suicide case of Michelle Carter, who seemingly encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend to end his life via text.
July 10 – Trapped Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
One of my favorite Nordic noir series returns! Apparently a lot of people have caught on to this show in the three years since it debuted, and I’m personally grateful to Amazon for making it easy to access a version with English subtitles. Get ready for dark snowy ambiance, small town secrets and super Scandanavian sweaters.
July 16 – Behind Closed Doors (HBO)
Another two-parter, this documentary reconstructs and explores the double murder of a 13-year-old girl and her family’s servant in their home in Noida, India.
July 23 – Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (HBO)
In a third two-part event, HBO will air this documentary about a 12-year-old boy who was found murdered inside his family’s New York apartment in 2011. I can’t seem to find a trailer yet, but you can read an interview with director Liz Garbus here.
July 27 – The Vigilante (Amazon Prime)
Not sure if this’ll be good, but the concept of Olivia Wilde a domestic violence survivor taking drastic measures to help other women in abusive relationships sounds mildly fantastic.
July 29 – The Haunting of Sharon Tate (HBO)
An interesting addition to a seemingly Manson-heavy year, starring Hillary Duff of all people. (Curious side note: Rosemary’s Baby will also be available for streaming on the same platform by July 31.)