With the multiplexes bare for the next two weeks, now’s the ideal time to catch up on the best features set to leave Netflix in September.
If there’s a relatively dead time of each movie year, it’s the waning days of August, when studios see fit to drop some of their least exciting—and financially promising—efforts into theaters. Thus, with the multiplexes bare for the next two weeks, now’s the ideal time to catch up on the best features set to leave Netflix in September. The streaming service’s upcoming cut list isn’t too long, but it does feature quite a few genre gems (including the late Bill Paxton’s directorial debut) that movie-lovers will definitely want to catch while they still can.
Frailty (Sept. 1)
Bill Paxton both directs and co-stars (alongside Matthew McConaughey) in this underrated 2001 horror film about two children whose father believes he’s been tasked with killing demons disguised as humans.
Jackass: The Movie (Sept. 1)
The one that started it all, Johnny Knoxville and Co.’s big-screen debut isn’t the wildest installment in the franchise, but it still delivers the gonzo-stunt goods.
The Omen (Sept. 1)
Gregory Peck discovers that his son is the spawn of Satan—666 scalp birthmark and all!—in Richard Donner’s enduringly creepy-cheesy 1976 saga.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sept. 1)
Tim Burton enlists Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter for his gothic adaptation of Steven Sondheim’s 1979 musical about a malevolent English barber who knows how to wield a razor.
Tears of the Sun (Sept. 1)
Bruce Willis is the commander of a Navy SEAL team on a mission to rescue an aid worker (Monica Bellucci) caught in the middle of Nigeria’s civil war in this action film from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Enforcer).
Scream (Sept. 1)
Wes Craven ushered in an age of self-referential genre cinema with this 1996 slasher film, about a mysterious killer known as “Ghostface” who’s preying on a group of teens at a California high school.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Sept. 1)
One of horror’s true classics, Wes Craven’s 1984 film charts the efforts of a group of teens (including a young Johnny Depp, in his cinematic debut) to deal with a clawed fiend, Freddy Krueger, who stalks them in their dreams.
Lilo & Stitch (Sept. 5)
Arguably the most undervalued animated Disney movie of the past 15 years, this 2002 hit concerns a young Hawaiian girl’s friendship with a mischievous alien she adopts as her “dog.”
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (Sept. 16)
Technically the fourth installment in the franchise, this direct-to-video release delivers a host of outrageous unused footage from the 2011 Jackass 3D shoot.
Déjà Vu (Sept. 24)
Denzel Washington is an ATF agent who learns that the government has the technology to travel back in time, and then attempts to use it in order to pull off two simultaneous missions—stop a terrorist attack in New Orleans, and save the woman he loves (Paula Patton)—in this aesthetically daring thriller from director Tony Scott (Man on Fire).