September has arrived and that means summer is winding down. But to horror fans, the arrival of September means the spooky season is in full swing and that makes our blackened hearts sing. With the dawning of a new month comes a new lineup of genre offerings from streaming giant Netflix. Because we care and because we want to make life a little easier for our cool readers, we sorted through what’s hitting the platform over the course of September and broke it down to what we think will be of greatest interest to our audience.
More specifically, we have collected all the horror films, thrillers, and true crime programming. Check out the five selections we are most excited about directly below, along with a bit of commentary. Or scroll to the very bottom of the post for the entire September lineup without the commentary.
Read on for what’s new on Netflix this September.
The Jaws Collection
You guys! All of the Jaws movies are coming to Netflix! And the timing could not be more perfect. All four films (each of which sees a killer shark causing mayhem in various bodies of water) are slated to hit the platform on September 1st. The flicks arrive just in time for late-summer viewing. Since the films are sure to hang around on the platform for a spell, they’re an obvious choice for a Halloween-season movie marathon. Considering the Jaws flicks range from top-tier cinema to groan-inducing schlock, the franchise could make for a diverse quadruple feature.
The Crank Movies
I am such a fan of Jason Statham. The dreamy thespian has had my undivided attention since he first popped up in The Transporter in 2002. But can you honestly blame me? He’s a dashing gent with an irresistible accent and abs that you could wash laundry on. What’s not to like?
Though the Crank films may not be for everyone, I really enjoy both of them. Each cinematic effort sees the dashing Chev Chelios (Statham) caught up in dire situations that find him desperately attempting to stimulate the flow of adrenaline (by absolutely any means necessary) to keep his heart from stopping.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Neveldine/Taylor) imbue both pictures with an energy reminiscent of the grindhouse pictures of yesteryear. That distinction is particularly evident in the second film, which is visceral, sexually charged, and boundary-pushing. Both pictures offer moments of dark comedy and balls-to-the-wall action.
Those fond of the intersection of escapist action pictures and neo-exploitation cinema should find plenty to enjoy about the Crank films. Those fond of neither will still have Jason Statham to enjoy.
The late Roald Dahl was a prolific purveyor of kindertrauma and Matilda is a great example of exactly that. The book is so dark. But the film adaptation isn’t exactly filled with lighthearted fun.
Poor Matilda (played by Mara Wilson in this 1996 adaptation of the book) has horrid, neglectful parents and a masochistic principle. The former makes Matilda’s life a living hell by confining the poor child in a tiny closet full of sharp objects. But when Matilda discovers she has special powers, she is finally given the chance to stand up to those who have hurt her.
Wilson is as charming as ever in the titular role. And Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are pitch-perfect as Matilda’s vile parents.
If you have children of appropriate age, I highly recommend sharing this contemporary adaptation of a literary classic with them when it hits Netflix on September 1st.
El Conde/The Count
This dark, vampire comedy was shrouded in secrecy during its production. But with its September 15th premiere on Netflix looming, we now have a bit more information. The flick imagines a reality where Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet lives as a vampire. At 250 years old, he wants to be left to die in peace. But life (or should I say death?) has other plans for the titular character.
If the trailer is any indication of what we’re in for, the film is likely to serve up a pitch-black sense of humor, hilarious deadpan delivery, and plenty of chuckle-inducing gags.
Wow. I am really excited about this one. The Spanish-language film Nowhere checks multiple boxes for me. I love a containment thriller and I really enjoy a story that unfolds on the open water. So, this is already sounding like my jam.
The setup sees Mia (Anna Castillo), a young woman who is with child, escaping her homeland by hiding inside a shipping container on a cargo vessel. After the container becomes dislodged from the ship, Mia gives birth and then must figure out how to survive and care for her newborn baby while stranded in the middle of the ocean.
Below is every horror movie, thriller film, and true crime series/doc hitting Netflix in September.
Ice Cold: Murder, Coffee and Jessica Wongso
A Day and a Half
Jaws: The Revenge
Crank: High Voltage
Scout’s Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America
Gamera Rebirth (Season 1)
Burning Body (Season 1)
Rosa Peral’s Tapes
El Conde / The Count
Hard Broken (Season 1)
Kengan Ashura (Season 2)
Scissor Seven (Season 4)
The Black Book
Who Killed Jill Dando?
Encounters (Limited Series)
Castlevania: Nocturne (Season 1)
The Darkness within La Luz del Mundo (Season 1)