9 New Thriller & Horror Movies and Shows to Watch in July 2022
July is jam-packed with new horror and thriller options, including some highly-anticipated television shows and movies. Many people have already finished Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 2, but there are a few other shows’ premieres to keep viewers entertained throughout the rest of the month. Resident Evil‘s successful franchise continues with the new Netflix series, premiering in mid-July. Viewers won’t want to miss these significant movie releases either, covering multiple interesting concepts.
Stranger Things S4, Vol. 2 Comes to Netflix on July 1
This next installment of Stranger Things will conclude Season 4 of the series. Fans of the show are dedicated, having proved that by consuming Volume 1 within days of its release. This time, Stranger Things fans made Netflix crash on the first day of Volume 2’s release. Season 4, Volume 1 left audiences with many questions that needed answers, especially regarding the survival of Steve Harrington. Big revelations took place in Season 4, Episode 7, and Stranger Things fans are hoping for a righteous conclusion to the season.
What We Do in the Shadows Season 4 Returns to FX on July 12
The FX mockumentary comedy-horror series is back with Season 4, dropping the first two episodes on July 12th, 2022, and then continuing to premiere new episodes on Tuesdays for the rest of the season. What We Do in the Shadows is based on the mockumentary film of the same name, which was created by Jemaine Clement and Taika Watiti in 2014. The show has an average critical score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, ensuring this next season will be just as funny and great.
Resident Evil Moves to a New Medium on Netflix on July 14
The Resident Evil franchise has garnered fans from multiple mediums, including games, movies and, more recently, television shows. Resident Evil draws people in with its promise of zombie-killing and creative storylines. The show will consist of eight episodes for its first season, which will premiere on Netflix, and fans of the franchise are highly anticipating this release, excited to watch Resident Evil continue to succeed.
The Gray Man Is Set for a Limited Release in Theaters on July 15
Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans star in the action thriller film The Gray Man, which will release in theaters for a short time before coming to Netflix on July 22, 2022. The production budget for this film was $200 million, which makes it the most expensive Netflix film ever made. Co-direction from the Russo brothers combined with strong leads for the film can guarantee an interesting story created by some of the industry’s established talent. There are no critics’ reviews for the film yet, but the casting choices should provide insight into the film’s future success.
Witches Return in She Will, Coming to Theaters on July 15
Movies featuring the mysteries behind witches in the countryside have been on the rise in the last decade, particularly in critically acclaimed Robert Eggers films such as The Witch and The Northman. She Will follows an aging film star as she retires to the Scottish countryside with her nurse to recover from surgery. The film has a 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the trailer implies elements of psychological horror and disturbing imagery. This won’t be a film to miss for fans of edgy, feminist horror stories about witchcraft.
Find Out Whodunnit When Where the Crawdads Sing Hits Theaters on July 15
Based on a novel of the same name, Where the Crawdads Sing promises to be a different type of thriller, focusing on the innocence of a young woman who is ostracized by her community. The orphaned main character has few options for companionship in the small North Carolina town. When her prospective future husband dies mysteriously moments after their big blow-up fight, Catherine is blamed for his death. Who can she turn to when the entire town is against her?
Jordan Peele Fans Can Finally See Nope in Theaters on July 22
Iconic director Jordan Peele returns with the new horror film Nope after garnering praise and critical acclaim from Get Out, Us, and Candyman. The first trailer for Nope was released on February 13th, 2022, attracting horror fans who enjoyed Peele’s first few films. Nope is a science fiction horror film that seems to feature extraterrestrial life. Most people don’t know much more about the movie except that it’ll be horrifying and feature a great cast, including Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther), Keke Palmer (Lightyear) and Steven Yeun (Walking Dead).
Resurrection’s Limited Release Hits Theaters on July 29
IFC Films produced Resurrection, which features one woman’s struggle to move on from a dangerous ex-boyfriend. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2022, receiving critical acclaim for Rebecca Hall’s performance. Resurrection has an 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is sure to take audiences on a psychologically thrilling ride. Critics have said the movie is “uneven yet steadily absorbing,” rivaling Hall’s previous psychological horror film, The Night House.
Join the Girl Gang When Medusa Hits Theaters on July 29
The Portuguese film Medusa has a 79 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, drawing the attention of American audiences. The story features a young woman named Mari and her friends who project the false image that they are pure and perfect. Beneath it all, they harbor deep rage, and their true colors are shown only at night as a vigilante girl gang that tracks down sinners. The consensus from critics is that Medusa is “a stylish and well-acted tonal blend” that “confronts religious hypocrisy and sexism with invigorating anger.” Viewers will find themselves unable to look away from the horrors this film will provide.