Transfer over, Barbenheimer; this week’s all about horror. The most recent gems coming to streaming and theaters this week star monsters, ghosts, tremendous villains, and demons — some family-friendly, others, not a lot.
When you would possibly nonetheless be driving off that Barbie excessive (and we do not blame you), it is not a summer time film season with out contemporary frights to maintain you up at evening. So with out additional ado, here is every little thing new coming to streaming and theaters this week. Summer time horror season is formally in full swing.
Harley Quinn Season 4
Credit score: Max
Gotham’s favourite blonde bombshell returns for an additional season, and it is as fabulously wacky as you’d hope for one Harleen Quinzel (voiced by Kaley Cuoco). For 3 seasons, Harley Quinn has adopted the mischievous misadventures of its eponymous lead as she ventures on a journey of self-discovery after her breakup with the Joker (voiced by Alan Tudyk). From icy encounters with Mr. Freeze (voiced by Alfred Molina) to a blossoming relationship with Poison Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell), Harley’s seen all of it, and the brand new season has an entire lot of recent adventures and fan-favorite characters to fall in love with.
What we thought: “Whereas Season 4 would not begin off as robust as Season 3’s ‘Eat Bang Kill Tour,’ the later episodes trace at a return to kind that might make all of the distinction… So, here is hoping Ivy and Harley’s paths will collide spectacularly to complete the season robust.” — Kristy Puchko, Movie Editor
The right way to watch: All seasons of Harley Quinn are actually streaming on Max.
Credit score: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Whether or not you are a fan of the journey or the 2003 movie, you are going to wish to see Disney’s new Haunted Mansion. The most recent adaptation impressed by the twisted tales of the grim grinning ghosts, follows Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) and Travis (Chase W. Dillon), a mom and son who steadily start to appreciate that they are not the one individuals residing of their new dwelling. Because the ghosts start to creep in, Gabbie enlists the assistance of a ragtag group of ghostbusters (hilariously helmed by Owen Wilson, LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, and Danny DeVito) to place a cease to the Hatbox Ghost (Jared Leto) and his many buddies, together with a sure Madame Leota (Jamie Lee Curtis).
What we thought: “I can guarantee you that Haunted Mansion is bloody good enjoyable for kiddos (of all ages) who take pleasure in a scary story and a rollicking thrill journey.” — Okay.P.
The right way to watch: Haunted Mansion is now enjoying in theaters.
Speak to Me
Credit score: Matthew Thorne/ A24
Nothing beats a summer time horror film evening. Speak to Me is the most recent horrifying flick from A24, which simply so occurs to be the highest-rated horror movie of 2023 on Rotten Tomatoes (to this point), and for good cause. The movie follows a bunch of buddies who uncover an embalmed hand that may conjure spirits. Naturally, reasonably than avoiding the hand and leaving it alone, the group decides to mess with it and conjure spirits for funsies! That’s, up till a terrifying supernatural entity is unleashed and all havoc is wrecked. Whereas Speak to Me‘s premise won’t look like something new, the movie has a few twists, turns, and ghastly tips up its sleeve to maintain you hooked (and scared to your life).
What we thought: “Speak to Me is a terrifically scary horror providing because of highly effective performances, creepy creature designs, a splash of blood and gore, and sensible results that’ll blow your thoughts and chill your backbone… In case you’re in search of some freaky horrifying enjoyable, you should definitely attain out and contact this one.” — Okay.P.
The right way to watch: Speak to Me is now enjoying in theaters.
The Witcher Season 3, Vol. 2
Credit score: Susie Allnutt / Netflix
Based mostly on Andrzej Sapkowski’s e-book collection of the identical title, The Witcher invitations us into the Continent, a far-off land crammed with medieval mayhem, thrilling adventures, and above all, monsters. For the previous few seasons, the present has been following monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), and Princess Ciri (Freya Allan) as they work to unravel the future tying all of them collectively. Whereas Vol. 1 of Season 3 was stuffed with terrifying new beasts, lavish balls, and weaponry you in all probability must be paying nearer consideration to, Vol. 2 guarantees much more thrill and solutions to that wild cliffhanger.
What we considered Vol. 1: “The Witcher Season 3 sends our heroes on the run, severely ups the ugly monster recreation, delivers these complicated politics, and lets Ciri kick some severe ass. Throw in a season-stealing episode totally set on the Met Gala of the Continent and the closest parallels but to the most well-liked Witcher recreation, and you have a successful begin to the third season of the collection.” — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor
The right way to watch: The Witcher Season 3, Vol. 2 is now streaming on Netflix.