What to watch in July

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.

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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.)


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