Crime and the supernatural seem to be the theme this month, bringing you horror and magic at every turn. For psycho-killer realness, tune in to Mindhunter season 2, for flirtatious faeries, go straight to Carnival Row, and for stories to scare you stiff, look no further than The Terror: Infamy.
From the real to the unreal, here are all the shows to binge this month.
Mindhunter Season 2
We know how much you like a crime show, and Mindhunter is one of the best. Season one set the scene of a 1970s America where two FBI agents and a psychiatrist work to define the difference between murderers who kill at random, and murderers who not only have a plan, but a style. Their efforts to understand the mind of a psychopath lead them to interview some of the world’s most well-known and horrific killers, finally coining the term we still use today: serial killer. Season two is all about the hunt, and the desperate attempt to get ahead of a man whose name still inspires fear: Charles Manson. You might think you know the story of how he was caught… but do you really? Mindhunter is out Netflix August 16.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
How do we even begin to describe The Dark Crystal? Um… legendary. The story of The Dark Crystal started in 1982 as the wildly creative, slightly spooky, brainchild of Jim Henson and Frank Oz (of muppets fame) so, yes, it was an entirely puppeteered feature film. It followed the quest of Jen, the last of the Gelflings race, to find a missing shard of the Dark Crystal and restore balance to the world. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel to Jen’s adventure, focussing on three young Gelflings as they lead an uprising against the evil Emperor. Even better? It’s now puppets and CGI. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is out on Netflix August 30.
Have you been missing sexy supernatural shows since True Blood ended all that time ago? Then please gird your loins for Carnival Row. Being different is dangerous for the mythological creatures that have immigrated to this human city, and it doesn’t get any easier when a string of murders puts the town edge. Perhaps a human detective (Orlando Bloom) can put things to rights? If his forbidden affair with a faerie (Cara Delevingne) doesn’t undo him first, that is. Set in the Victorian era, Carnival Row is Sherlock Holmes meets every kinky fantasy novel you’ve ever read. Carnival Row is out on Amazon Prime Video August 30.
As Childish Gambino would say, this is America. Rapper Meek Mill was incarcerated at 19 years old, spending the next 11 years on probation. It’s a long time, especially for someone who shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. But, it was the word of a police officer against a young black man, and so Mill joined the millions of other African Americans behind bars. Free Meek, produced by Jay-Z, is a docuseries exploring allegations of police corruption, and how one man’s arrest became the symbol for criminal justice reform. Free Meek hits Amazon Prime Video August 9.
The Terror: Infamy
The internment of Japanese Americans after WWII is a hideous stain on the pages of history, and spirits never forget… or forgive. A vengeful spectre haunts a Japanese American community, causing a series of gruesome deaths. It pursues them wherever they go; a horror story from the old country come to life. One young man is now forced to understand the angry soul, and find a way to defeat it. You may need to watch this one through your fingers. The Terror: Infamy is out on Amazon Prime Video August 16.
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