By Meg Shields · Published on August 1st, 2021

Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the horror content coming to and leaving from your favorite streaming services. Here’s what horror movies you need to stream in August 2021.


Last month, we all came to a consensus that it is “hot goth summer.” Which, to be fair, is every summer because the inherent cool factor of all-black outfits comes at a very sweaty price. Considering our vampiric pick of the month, let this be your official August reminder. The sun is a giant cancer-causing fireball trying to kill you. Apply your sunscreen and apply it often.

I’m happy to report that this month, the horror train is chugging smoothly along. Brace yourself for all manner of devilish delights sure to tide you over until the sweat festive release of fall. We’ve got the aforementioned blood-sucking counterpoint to middle-aged ennui, balanced out with a notoriously difficult to find expressionist terror trip.

The horror streaming docket this August also includes a collection of movies themed around some of genre cinema’s nastier corners. Finally, get hyped for an essential British folk horror offering sure to make you look twice at passing teens.

Be sure to peruse the complete list below, calendar in hand, for a full picture of what horror movies are coming and going from your favorite streaming services in August 2021. Keep in mind that all dates listed below may not apply to viewers outside the United States.

Horror Streaming Highlights for August 2021

 

Pick of the Month: Jakob’s Wife(2021)

Jakob's Wife

Synopsis: Thirty years into her marriage to a small-town minister, Anne Fedder feels like her life is starting to ebb and shrink. She’s docile, demure, and yearning for, well, more. Then, she has a gruesome encounter with a mysterious entity. Reeling from her gore-soaked awakening, Anne discovers a new zest for life as a member of the undead. Unfortunately, the pep in her step comes with a steep body count.

It’s no secret that around these parts we stan the scream queen Barbara Crampton (Re: Animator, You’re Next). So you can bet your afterlife that we’re going to recommend her latest ooky spooky effort, Jakob’s Wife, as the horror movie to catch on the small screen this month.

Reviewing the movie at SWSW, our own Rob Hunter praised Jakob’s Wife as a “bloody ride filled with prosthetic goodness.” The two lead performances are a clear highlight with Crampton showing off her comedic chops, “embrac[ing] Anne’s liberation with excitement, glee, and sexual confidence.” As the enthusiastically faithful Jakob, Larry Fessenden mines comedic potential out of panic.

Jakob’s Wife marks Travis Stevens‘ decidedly goofier follow-up to the equally fluid-filled, but way more serious horror movie Girl on the Third Floor. And what his latest effort lacks in tonal consistency it more than makes up for in blood and two banger leads having an absolute blast. All hail the Cramptonaissance.

Available on Shudder on August 19th


A wordless proto-Lynchian psychosexual horror noir

Dementia

Synopsis: A tormented young woman awakens from a nightmare. But it was just a dream, right? Leaving her flea-bitten lodgings, the woman wanders out into the night. There, she’s met with an onslaught of groping hands, predatory men, and the haunting memory of her homicidal childhood. But how reliable is her fractured memory? And would she lean into her killer instincts once more, given the chance?

Banned by the New York State Film Board during its original run, in 1955, John Parker‘s Dementia is truly, emphatically, one of a kind. Often cited as Hollywood’s first Freudian American horror film, Dementia‘s sensational presentation of female violence is a smokescreen for more enigmatic and surreal concerns. A silent picture rife with spine-tingling soundscapes and devoid of dialogue, Dementia (later recut under the title Daughter of Horror) fell into the obscurity destined for a film on the outs of both commercial and arthouse spaces. Genuinely unique, vulgar, and for a long time impossible to find, few nightmares are as soul-shaking as Dementia.

Leaves The Criterion Channel on August 31st


More video nasties and silver screen perversions than you can wag a finger at

Orgies Of Edo Horror Streaming august 2021

Synopsis: From one of the central pillars of Japan’s infamously perverse “Pink” genre to two (count’em two!) documentaries about the icky history of the “video nasty” in the UK, ARROW presents all manner of deliciously sick filth in this collection of films sure to court moral outrage of all stripes.

That’s right, ya freaks: it’s time to swan dive into the deep end of depravity. Hope you brought your water wings. This mid-month season, the sick [REDACTED]s at ARROW bring together some of the nastiest, most sinful filth that horror cinema has to offer:

Promising to bring together sex workers, scream queens, and two excellent documentaries, gird your morals and prepare to be corrupted! Titles in the series (“Ban this Sick Filth Presents: Moral Outrage”) include:

  • Vice Academy (1989), students at police academy take to the streets to win “points” that go towards their graduation.
  • Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape (2010), a definitive documentary guide to the scandalous Video Nasties era of Britain.
  • Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014), the delightfully salacious sequel to the above.
  • Orgies of Edo (1969), an anthology about sado-masochism in the Edo period.
  • Underwater Love (2011), a more recent Pink film (that is also a musical!) about a woman who falls in love with a kappa, a.k.a. a water sprite, who is the reincarnation of her old crush.

Available on ARROW on August 16th


Kids these days, always unearthing the fetid remains of hell beasts and starting death cults in the woods

The Blood On Satan's Claw streaming horror august 2021

Synopsis: A misshapen, putrid corpse is accidentally exhumed in a small 18th-century village. Before long, superstition grips the countryside; a mounting paranoia that encourages the local children to engage in all manner of diabolic games. Under the iron grip of an enigmatic young girl, the kids begin to worship the corpse as a devilish relic. A stern judge takes it upon himself to put a stop to the demonic influence.

The kids, it turns out, are absolutely not alright. Like: “performing ritualistic sacrifices in a dilapidated church” levels of not alright. You can’t talk about the folk horror genre without talking about 1971’s The Blood on Satan’s Claw. Quite literally: the film’s director, Piers Haggard, coined the subgenre in a 2003 interview with Fangoria.

Lush and shocking, The Blood on Satan’s Claw is a key pillar of the unholy trinity of foundational British folk horror films (along with The Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man). Featuring an eerie performance by Linda Hayden as the devious and debauched cult leader, the film hits the sweet spot between thick atmosphere and unflinching brutality. A terrifying and at times cheezy ride from start to finish, in this instance, genre fans can’t afford not to play with dead things.

Available on Paramount+ on August 1st; Also available on Hulu on August 1st (and leaving August 31st)


All the Horror New to Streaming in August 2021

Fresh blood: A list of all the horror content coming to streaming services in August 2021.

Streaming Service Movie Date
Amazon Prime Video Aliens (1986) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Anaconda (1997) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Attack the Block (2011) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Jaws: The Revenge (1987) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Jaws (1975) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Jaws 2 (1978) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Jaws 3 (1983) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Predator (1987) August 1
Amazon Prime Video The Roommate (2011) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Slither (2006) August 1
Amazon Prime Video Killer Among Us (2021) August 20
ARROW Blind Beast (1969) August 2
ARROW Final Girl (2015) August 2
ARROW A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) August 2
ARROW Suture (1993) August 2
ARROW The Cured (2017) August 6
ARROW Bloodline (2018) August 13
ARROW Blood Theater (1984) August 13
ARROW Hobgoblins (1988) August 13
ARROW Goodbye Old Friend [short] (2018) August 13
ARROW Momma Don’t Go [short] (2020) August 13
ARROW Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape (2010) August 16
ARROW Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014) August 16
The Criterion Channel Les abysses (1963) August 1
The Criterion Channel The Devil’s Harmony (2019) August 10
The Criterion Channel Thelma (2017) August 20
The Criterion Channel The Phantom of the Monastery (1934) August 27
HBO Max Black Death (2010) August 1
HBO Max Constantine (2005) August 1
HBO Max Horror of Dracula (1958) August 1
HBO Max Nurse 3D (2013) August 1
HBO Max One Hour Photo (2002) August 1
HBO Max Red Riding Hood (2011) August 1
HBO Max Scary Movie (2000) August 1
HBO Max Spawn (1997) August 1
HBO Max Thirteen Ghosts (2001) August 1
HBO Max Jurassic Park (1993) August 14
HBO Max Jurassic Park III (2001) August 14
HBO Max The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) August 14
HBO Max Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) August 17
Hulu 30 Days of Night (2007) August 1
Hulu Attack the Block (2011) August 1
Hulu Black Swan (2010) August 1
Hulu The Beast Within (1982) August 1
Hulu Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970) August 1
Hulu Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) August 1
Hulu Christina’s House (2001) August 1
Hulu The Final Girls (2015) August 1
Hulu The Grudge (2004) August 1
Hulu I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) August 1
Hulu My Bloody Valentine (1981) August 1
Hulu Special Effects (1984) August 1
Hulu The Vatican Tapes (2015) August 1
Hulu Held (2020) August 12
Hulu Silo (2019) August 15
Hulu Unsane (2018) August 18
Hulu Love and Monsters (2020) August 26
Hulu Spell (2020) August 30
IMDb TV Ghostbusters (1984) August 1
IMDb TV Ghostbusters II (1989) August 1
Netflix Deep Blue Sea (1999) August 1
Netflix The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) August 1
Netflix Aftermath (2021) August 4
Netflix The Old Ways (2020) August 5
Netflix The Swarm (2020) August 6
Paramount+ Addams Family Values (1993) August 1
Paramount+ Blood On Satan’s Claw (1971) August 1
Paramount+ Christina’s House (2000) August 1
Paramount+ Ghost (1990) August 1
Paramount+ I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) August 1
Paramount+ Special Effects (1984) August 1
Paramount+ The Beast Within (1982) August 1
Paramount+ Spell (2020) August 30
Peacock Candyman (1992) August 1
Peacock Dead in Tombstone (2013) August 1
Peacock Extraordinary Tales (2015) August 1
Peacock The Exorcist (1973) August 1
Peacock Haunted Hospital: Heilstatten (2018) August 1
Peacock A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) August 1
Peacock A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) August 1
Peacock A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) August 1
Peacock A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) August 1
Peacock A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) August 1
Peacock A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) August 1
Peacock Rigor Mortis (2013) August 1
Peacock Train to Busan (2016) August 1
Peacock Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017) August 1
Peacock Van Helsing (2004) August 1
Shudder Dead Calm (1989) August 1
Shudder Dolls (1986) August 1
Shudder Pumpkinhead (1988) August 1
Shudder Witchfinder General (1968) August 1
Shudder Good Manners (2017) August 3
Shudder Teddy (2020) August 5
Shudder Bloodthirsty (2020) August 9
Shudder The Dead Pit (1989) August 9
Shudder Heaven Knows What (2014) August 9
Shudder Bleed With Me (2020) August 10
Shudder Borgman (2013) August 16
Shudder A Field in England (2013) August 16
Shudder Jakob’s Wife (2021) August 19
Shudder Cheap Thrills (2013) August 23
Shudder Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013) August 23
Shudder Mosquito State (2020) August 26
Tubi Alien (1979) August 1
Tubi Aliens (1986) August 1
Tubi Alien vs. Predator (2004) August 1
Tubi Black Rock (2012) August 1
Tubi Jaws (1975) August 1
Tubi Jaws 2 (1978) August 1
Tubi Jaws 3 (1983) August 1
Tubi Jaws: The Revenge (1987) August 1
Tubi Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (2009) August 1
Tubi Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) August 1
Tubi The Descent (2005) August 1
Tubi The Descent Part 2 (2009) August 1
Tubi The New Daughter (2009) August 1
Tubi Queen of the Damned (2002) August 1
Tubi Flatliners (2017) August 28


All the Horror Leaving Streaming in August 2021

Streaming Service Movie Date
The Criterion Channel The Infernal Cauldron (1903) August 31
The Criterion Channel The Merry Frolics of Satan (1906) August 31
The Criterion Channel The Witch (1906) August 31
The Criterion Channel Dementia (1955) August 31
HBO Max Dead Silence (2007) August 27
HBO Max White Noise (2005) August 27
HBO Max The Bay (2012) August 31
HBO Max Blade (1998) August 31
HBO Max The Crow (1994) August 31
HBO Max The Crow: City of Angels (1996) August 31
HBO Max The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2006) August 31
HBO Max Eight Legged Freaks (2002) August 31
HBO Max Freddy vs. Jason (2003) August 31
HBO Max The Last Exorcism, (2012) August 31
HBO Max The Omega Man (1971) August 31
HBO Max Prometheu (2012) August 31
HBO Max Saw (Extended Version) (2004) August 31
HBO Max Saw II (Director’s Cut) (2005) August 31
HBO Max Saw III (Director’s Cut) (2006) August 31
HBO Max Saw IV (Director’s Cut) (2007) August 31
HBO Max Saw V (Director’s Cut) (2008) August 31
HBO Max Saw VI (Director’s Cut) (2009) August 31
HBO Max Saw: The Final Chapter (Director’s Cut) (2010) August 31
HBO Max Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) August 31
HBO Max Within (2016) August 31
HBO Max Wolves at the Door (2016) August 31
Hulu The Shape of Water (2017) August 14
Hulu Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) August 31
Hulu Arachnophobia (1990) August 31
Hulu The Beast Within (1982) August 31
Hulu Beetlejuice (1988) August 31
Hulu The Blair Witch Project (1999) August 31
Hulu The Blair Witch Project: Book of Shadows (2000) August 31
Hulu Blood On Satan’s Claw (1970) August 31
Hulu The Dead Zone (1983) August 31
Hulu The Haunting (1999) August 31
Hulu I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) August 31
Hulu Jennifer’s Body (2009) August 31
Hulu Lady in a Cage (1964) August 31
Hulu The Last House on the Left (2009) August 31
Hulu Predators (2009) August 31
Hulu Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) August 31
Hulu Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) August 31
Hulu Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) August 31
Hulu The Skull (1965) August 31
Hulu Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift (1990) August 31
Netflix Scary Movie V (2013) August 12
Netflix 1BR (2019) August 22
Netflix Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) August 31
Netflix Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) August 31
Netflix The Ring (2002) August 31

That’s it for what horror to stream in August 2021. See you next month boils and ghouls!

Related Topics: Dementia, Horror, Horrorscope, Jakob’s Wife

Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior contributor at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How’d They Do That?, and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer for hire. Meg can be found screaming about John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’ on Twitter here: @TheWorstNun. (She/Her).