Russell Crowe's The Exorcism and 13 more horror movies and shows releasing this week (plus books and games!)

The Exorcism - Fred Norris/Lightsavior Productions, LLC
The Exorcism - Fred Norris/Lightsavior Productions, LLC /

Another week of great horror and thriller content is upon us! We're expanding our list moving forward to also include new books and video games that will likely appeal to horror fans.

This week, the biggest release is the theatrical debut of Russell Crowe's film The Exorcism, which hits theaters on Fridays. A new episode of Evil starts streaming on Thursday on Paramount+ and Presumed Innocent continues on Apple TV+ on Wednesday.

Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown (Hulu)

National Geographic releases this three-part documentary series on the infamous Jonestown cult led by Jim Jones from the Emmy Award-winning team behind One Day In America. Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown features new interviews with eyewitnesses and survivors, along with rare recordings from Jones and additional footage.

Now streaming on Hulu and Disney+ (with Hulu bundle).

Alien Encounters: Fact or Fiction (Discovery Channel)

For those who believe the truth is out there, you'll want to check out this new series that examines the truth behing supposed "real-life" extraterrestrial experiences. UFO experts Mitch Horowitz and Chrissy Newton will visit Roswell, New Mexico to chat with people who have supposedly experienced "strange and unexplainable encounters."

Premiering this Wednesday, June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) on the Discovery Channel and will also stream on Max.

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School finale (Max)

All will finally be revealed in the upcoming Pretty Little Liars: Summer School finale. Titled "Final Exam," the latest episode will see our little liars continue trying to narrow down their lists of Bloody Rose Waters suspects, leading to a harrowing night that lets them uncover her true identity once and for all.

Streaming on Max this Thursday, June 20.

The Exorcism (Theaters)

Russell Crowe stars in this meta exorcism film as a troubled actor who starts unraveling while filming a horror movie. His daughter starts to question if the line between fiction and reality is beginning to blur. Sam Worthington, Lee Simpkins, and Chloe Bailey also star.

Releases in theaters on Friday, June 21.

Perfect Wife: The Mysterious Disappearance of Sherri Papini (Hulu)

Hulu is the place to be this week for true crime as this docuseries will explore the 2016 kidnapping hoax involving Sherri and Keith Papini. A Lifetime film on the case was released last year, starring Jaime King. In real life, Papini mysteriously disappeared on November 2, 2016 before returning three weeks later, claiming her captors had released her. It was later revealed she had been staying with a former boyfriend. She was arrested for making false statements to law enforcement.

Streaming on Hulu on June 20.

Kinds of Kindness (Theaters)

While not technically classified as a horror film, Kinds of Kindness is the latest from The Killing of the Sacred Deer and Poor Things creator Yorgos Lanthimos. Anticipate a darkly funny and disturbing new film that is described as a "triptych fable" and features three, loosely interconnected stories. The cast features stars like Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, and Hunter Schafer.

Kinds of Kindness begins playing in theaters on Friday, June 21.

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person (Theaters)

This French-Canadian dark comedy follows a teen vampire named Sasha who struggles with the concept of killing people to drink their blood. When her parents take away her supply, she enters a pact with a suicidal boy named Paul on the condition that she has to help him accomplish several things on his final night alive.

Releasing in select theaters on Thursday, June 20.

New horror video games & books releasing this week

Still Wakes the Deep

A claustrophobic, narrative-driven, survival horror game from the developers who brought us Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Still Wakes the Deep promises to be a haunting first-person experience as you play someone on a creepy oil rig in the North Sea. Set in 1975, players will have to navigate environmental puzzles and seek a way to escape amid harsh weather and a prowling creature.

Releasing on June 18 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.

Middle of the Night by Riley Sager

Riley Sager's newest book Middle of the Night is coming out tomorrow, June 18! From the author who brought us Lock Every Door, The Only One Left, The House Across the Lake, and many other horror/thriller titles, his new book promises to be yet another compelling mystery as protagonist Ethan Marsh investigates the long-ago disappearance of his childhood best friend.

We Used to Live Here by Marcus Kliewer

In a thriller that's being described as Get Out meets Parasite, We Used to Live Here centers on a young queer couple who move into a new house and have their lives turned upside down when the former owners suddenly pay them a visit.

More horror novels to check out this week!

  • Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil by Ananda Lima - Surreal fiction
  • How to Make a Horror Movie and Survive by Craig DiLouie - Darkly humorous horror novel
  • The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley - Thriller described as Blair Witch meets Fyre Festival

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