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Streaming Guide – July 2024

Monday, July 1, 2024

Each month, The Steampunk Explorer offers a guide to steampunk-related films and series arriving on the top streaming services. We look for titles likely to draw interest from steampunk fans in some way, not necessarily those that fall squarely within the genre.

Mortal Engines was a disappointment to many steampunk fans, but it had great visuals despite its flaws, and this month it moves from Netflix to a new streaming home on Hulu. Other notable arrivals include Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events on both Paramount+ and Prime Video.

Unless otherwise noted, these titles debut July 1. We can only confirm new arrivals in the U.S., but some titles may also be available on these streaming services in other countries.

Hulu

Steampunk fans had high hopes for Mortal Engines, the 2018 film adaptation of Philip Reeve’s post-apocalyptic steampunk novel. Sadly, it proved to be a critical flop and a box office disaster. It’s been streaming on Netflix since April 1, but this month it jumps to Hulu. Viewers outside the U.S. may be able to see it on Disney+.

The movie is set in a far-future world where London is a motorized predator city. Even the negative reviews acknowledged the movie’s eye-popping visuals, and at least one critic thinks this might be time for a reappraisal.

Mark Hill of Inverse observed that when the film came out, movie-goers were getting tired of young adult dystopias.

“The story ultimately proves meandering and melodramatic, but Mortal Engines is visually inventive in the way most YA sludge wasn’t, from its treadwheels the size of skyscrapers to the industrial but decadent design of this neo-Victorian London,” he wrote in December. “Even just five years after its release it’s difficult to imagine a new movie taking swings this big, which makes Mortal Engines hard to dislike, even at its stupidest.”

Mortal Engines
Photo: Universal Pictures and MRC

Hulu subscribers can also look forward to new episodes of Futurama, the animated sci-fi series from Matt Groening. Depending on how you’re counting, it’s either Season 12 or Part 2 of Season 8. Hulu revived the series last year after a lengthy hiatus. The new season premieres July 29,

Also arriving: Alita: Battle Angel (2019) plus three films in the Alien franchise (though not Ridley Scott’s 1979 original): Aliens (1986), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), and Alien: Covenant (2017).

This month’s departures include Van Helsing (2004), which leaves on July 31.

Max

Godzilla X Kong
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Everyone’s favorite oversized monsters returned to theaters in March, and now Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire gets its streaming premiere just a few months later on Max. The film received mixed reviews but scored well at the box office. In addition to the standard release, Max will show an exclusive ASL version. Both arrive on July 4.

Netflix

Netflix subscribers can revisit the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown as all three Back to the Future movies arrive this month on Netflix. The third installment is of particular interest to steampunk fans as it takes the characters to 1885.

Also arriving, on July 11: The third and final season of Vikings: Valhalla, a historical drama set toward the end of the Viking Age in the 11th century. The series, a Netflix Original, is a sequel to the popular History Channel drama Vikings.

Paramount+

July’s big arrival for steampunk fans is Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, the 2004 adaptation of the popular children’s book series. The film tells the story of three orphans who undergo a series of mishaps in a neo-Victorian world. Jim Carrey steals the show as the villainous Count Olaf.

The movie has been making the rounds of streaming services for the past few years, and also arrives this month on Prime Video.

Also arriving: The first 10 Star Trek films, the ones featuring the casts of the original Star Trek TV series and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Paramount+ has traditionally been the streaming home of the entire franchise, but the movies hopped over to Max in January. Now they’ve hopped back. Six of the movies (Star Trek III through Star Trek: Nemesis) arrive this month on Prime Video as well.

Peacock

Anthony Hopkins portrays the Roman emperor Vespasian in Those About to Die, a 10-episode drama series about gladiators in Ancient Rome. It arrives July 18 exclusively on Peacock.

Other notable arrivals include James Cameron’s Titanic, Luc Besson’s sci-fi classic The Fifth Element, and all three Men In Black movies.

Prime Video

Lisa Frankenstein
Photo: Focus Features

As noted above, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events arrives this month on Prime Video, along with a large batch of Star Trek films.

Also arriving, at the end of the month, is Lisa Frankenstein, the 2024 horror comedy about a goth teen who accidentally brings a handsome Victorian-era corpse back to life. The film, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Zelda Williams, received mixed reviews and scored poorly at the box office. It’s been streaming on Peacock since late March.

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