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The Best New Amazon Prime Video Arrivals Of July 2019

July 2019 promises to be a big month for Amazon Prime's original and exclusive content. The day before the United States celebrates its Independence Day, the Amazon original film Peterloo premieres on the streaming service, portraying the infamous 19th century massacre of English citizens demanding parliamentary reform in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. In spite of the unfortunate cancellation of The Tick in May, July proves Amazon hasn't given up on original shows for superhero fans, though the superheroes themselves may wish they had. Toward the end of July, the first season of The Boys follows the brutal and darkly comic exploits of a group dedicated to punishing corrupt superheroes. 

Again targeting comic book fans, the Epix series Pennyworth will be available for streaming a couple of days after The Boys rears its head. Pennyworth chronicles the early adventures of Alfred Pennyworth, best known as butler to DC Comics' Batman.

There will be plenty of non-Amazon films and TV shows available, particularly when it comes to action, thrills, and bloodletting. Along with five Star Trek films becoming available on Prime, 2019's Hellboy joins the collection, along with shoot-'em-ups and period action stretching from the Boer War to the age of Vikings. There are also thrillers like the acclaimed Gone Baby Gone, the 1968 horror classic Rosemary's Baby, and more contemporary fright fare like 2003's Jeepers Creepers 2.

Keep reading to find out more about these and other new catalog additions available on Amazon Prime this July.

Peterloo - July 3

While it was released in Great Britain in October 2018, the historical drama Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh, airs for Amazon Prime subscribers on July 3 — the day before we celebrate our victory against Great Britain's rule. Just as our founding fathers struggled for our independence, Peterloo chronicles a bloody massacre Britain's military unleashed on its own people. The stirring Peterloo trailer ends with English protestors crying out "Liberty or death!" — and the British cavalrymen took the second half of the phrase far too seriously.

After over a decade of the bloody Napoleonic Wars finally ended, England was in rough shape. Responding to widespread poverty, unemployment, and famine among other ills, somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 peaceful protesters gathered in Manchester, England on August 10, 1819 to demand parliamentary reform, including granting universal suffrage. The meeting was interrupted by cavalrymen attempting to arrest the resistance leaders and eventually charging into the crowds on horseback. 

The Boys - July 26

In 2016's Captain America: Civil War — along with the 2006 Marvel Comics event on which the film is based — we saw the aftermath of superheroes unintentionally hurting innocent people while fighting villains. When writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson premiered their brutally amusing comic The Boys in 2006, they weren't so forgiving towards the capes crowd. The superheroes of The Boys, for the most part, are examples of what happens when you give godlike physical power to the least responsible, most twisted individuals you can find. The series' heroes, the Boys themselves, are the ones who put those superheroes down when they stray too far outside the lines.

Karl Urban stars in Amazon's The Boys as Billy Butcher, leader of the vigilante group dedicated to taking down the Justice-League-like team the Seven. He recruits the young Hughie (Jack Quaid) after the superhero speedster A-Train (Jessie Usher) unintentionally (and very grossly) kills Hughie's girlfriend Robin (Jess Salgueiro) by running through her at super speed. Alongside Elisabeth Shue of Karate Kid fame, famous actor/nerd Simon Pegg appears in a recurring role as Hughie's father — fitting, since Pegg was the inspiration for the comic book's Hughie. 

Judging by the action-packed and darkly funny trailerThe Boys promises to be just as unapologetically bloody and hilarious as the source material. Check it out on July 26.

Pennyworth - July 28

Just as Gotham's penultimate season came to an end in May 2018, fans of the Dark Knight learned that it wouldn't be the last Batman-related prequel series on television. The premium cable network Epix ordered ten episodes of Pennyworth, a series taking its name from Batman's famous butler Alfred PennyworthWhile Pennyworth and Gotham don't exist within the same narrative, it seems likely the longer time in the spotlight offered that show's version of Alfred (Sean Pertwee) helped make Pennyworth a reality.

Set in 1960s London, Pennyworth gives us a much younger Alfred than we're used to, played by Jack Bannon. Fresh out of the British SAS, Pennyworth starts a security company and his connections to the larger story we already know are forged when he's hired by Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), the doomed father whose death will eventually lead to the rise of Batman. 

Pennyworth's trailer looks fun, sexy, and thrilling, and definitely worth a look when the first season is ready to be streamed on July 28.


July is injecting a lot of Star Trek into Amazon Prime. Five Star Trek films come to the service on July 31, including 1996's Star Trek: First Contact, which was the first of the films to star only the crew of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. Directed by Jonathan Frakes — known better as the actor who plays First Officer and ladies' man William Riker in both the Next Generation and the movies based on the series – First Contact brought the popular cybernetic hive-mind bad guys the Borg to the big screen for the first time. The original crew won't be left out in the cold, either: The classic 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home will be available on Prime, as will the first crew's final film, 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

If you're not interested in the future, a number of Amazon's July action offerings delve into the past. Outlaw Dutch Albert (John Cusack) and undertaker Patrick Tate (Emile Hirsch) face off in the gritty western Never Grow Old on July 13. Later in the month you can see the acclaimed New Zealand-made action-thriller Tracker. Ray Winstone plays Arjan, a master tracker from the South African side of the Second Boer War tasked with finding and capturing a man accused of murdering a British soldier.

July 13
Never Grow Old (2019)

July 19
Trading Paint (2019)

July 23
Hellboy (2019)

July 31
A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day (2013)

S.W.A.T. (2003)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Tracker (2010)


Thriller and horror offerings bring mystery, time travel, demons, and devil babies to Amazon Prime in July. 

On the more thrilling side of things, Ben Affleck's critically adored mystery Gone Baby Gone arrives on Prime on July 12, while at the end of the month, Bruce Willis travels through time to save the world from Brad Pitt in 1995's Twelve Monkeys

Prime isn't short on the bloodier fare either, though a lot of the scarier stuff doesn't land until the very end of the month. On July 29, viewers can watch The Haunting of Sharon Tate, based on the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders. The last day of the month brings to Prime the 2009 slasher flick My Bloody ValentineJeepers Creepers 2, and the 1968 horror classic Rosemary's Baby. Based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin, Rosemary's Baby tells the chilling story of a woman who unwittingly gives birth to the Antichrist.

July 1
Under the Silver Lake (2019)

July 12
Gone Baby Gone (2007)

July 29
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019)

July 31
Hackers (1995)

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Twelve Monkeys (1995)


After Peterloo, Amazon's drama offerings are scarce, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality. Ironically, two icy films premiering on Prime at the end of July — a month not traditionally known for its blizzards — are both about things starting to get dark and cold. 

Starting July 28, Prime subscribers can watch After Darkness starring Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things fame, former Closer lead Kyra Sedgwick, and Valorie Curry, who plays Dot on Amazon's The Tick. The sun is dying, and as the world grows dark the Beaty family prays for rescue while facing the skeletons in the family closet. On the final day of July, the survival drama Arctic appears on Prime. Mads Mikkelsen stars in the Icelandic film as a man struggling to survive after his plane crashes in the Arctic Circle.

July 3
Peterloo (2019)

July 28
After Darkness (2018)

July 31
Arctic (2018) 


At the very end of July, Tim Burton's stop-motion musical comedy Corpse Bride arrives on Prime. When the young Victor (Johnny Depp) practices his wedding vows, he's overheard by the deceased Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter), who inexplicably believes the vows were meant for her, and that the two are now married. The animated ghost story was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2005, but lost to Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Ten days earlier, Prime subscribers can watch Time Freak, about a young physics prodigy who is much more intentional about his love for a girl than Corpse Bride's Victor. After the genius Stillman (Asa Butterfield) is dumped by his girlfriend Debbie (Sophie Turner), he invents a time machine and — with best buddy Evan (Skyler Gisondo) — goes back in time over and over again to try to figure out what went wrong with Debbie and fix the relationship. Kind of like Groundhog Day, but more stalker-y.

July 14
Tabaluga (2018)

July 21
Time Freak (2018)

July 31
Corpse Bride (2005)


Arctic isn't the only thing Iceland is sending Amazon Prime in July. On July 10, the second season of the Icelandic mystery drama Trapped will be available for streaming. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson stars in Trapped as Andri Olafsson, the police chief of a small Iceland town. In the first season, Olafsson searched for a murderer after a mutilated torso surfaced in the local harbor. Things get more political, literally, in the second season. Having moved to Reykjavik after the the events of the first season's finale, Olafsson is forced to return to his hometown when a local politician is assaulted.

Trapped's first season earned an impressive 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes – with its audience rating of 97% not far behind. Ceri Radford of The Telegraph writes, "Even without all these promising plot angles, Trapped was worth watching for its chill beauty alone."

July 10
Trapped: Season 2 (2016 — 2019)

July 26 
The Boys: Season 1 (2019)

July 28
Pennyworth: Season 1 (2019)