3 new horror movies releasing this week, including MaXXXine

MaXXXine is sure to be the talk of the summer.
Mia Goth in MaXXXine, Credit: Justin Lubin/A24
Mia Goth in MaXXXine, Credit: Justin Lubin/A24 /

The beginning of July brings with it a handful of new horror films and shows to watch, including one of the year's biggest releases, Ti West's latest MaXXXine, a direct sequel to the 2022 slasher X. Mia Goth returns in the title role as Maxine Minx.

Two award-winning independent horror films debut this week, the horror mystery Dead Whisper and surreal thriller Cold Blows the Wind. Television-wise, we've got new episodes of Apple TV+ thriller Presumed Innocent, Evil on Paramount+, and the latest installment of Shudder's hit show The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.

MaXXXine (Theaters, July 5)

Aspiring actress Maxine Minx (Mia Goth) escaped a massacre in Texas and landed her big break in Los Angeles, but her troubles are far from over. Now, she must contend with the infamous and prolific Night Stalker killing up-and-coming starlets—will Maxine survive another brush with a crazed killer and finally achieve her dreams of stardom?

The conclusion to Ti West's epic X trilogy that kicked off in 2022, MaXXXine boasts a star-studded cast that includes Kevin Bacon, Halsey, Elizabeth Debicki, Sophie Thatcher, Giancarlo Esposito, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale, and Lily Collins.

Cold Blows the Wind (VOD, July 2)

Blending the vibes of films like Don't Breathe, Mandy, and The Rental, Cold Blows the Wind follows a couple who mistakenly hit a jogger after driving drunk.

Desperate to hide the body, they bury it near a remote cabin where a mysterious stranger offers to keep their secret in exchange for protection. Not having much of a choice, Dean and Tasha agree to help him and their night soon turns from bad to worse.

Dead Whisper (Theaters, July 5)

An indie horror film marking Conor Soucy's feature directorial debut, Dead Whisper has a little of everything: time warps, a creepy remote island, and dead people returning (?).

Struggling with the unresolved trauma of his daughter's death, lawyer Elliot Campbell receives a mysterious invite to a secluded island where he's tormented by visions that put his life in peril and tempt him into reuniting with his daughter. In select theaters on July 5 and on demand everywhere beginning July 9.

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