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The Best Movie Releases in August: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Fargo, and Spawn

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As fall approaches, HBO and Max are seeing the release of three movies and a new TV series season – and we’re excited. We’ve got gore, we’ve got classic sci-fi, a beloved comic adaptation, and some new events for a hit anthology. So, let’s dive right in and see what the month promises!

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Our first release for August is A Nightmare on Elm Street, filmed in 1984 and still a horror classic you need to watch at least once. It’s been almost forty years, but Nightmare can still leave a deep impression. After all, the premise of a tormenting clawed killer that hunts you in your dreams (and can kill you in real life) is still genius. 

The HBO release comes right at the time Vincent DiSanti, Rene Rivas, and Cecil Laird’s new fan film sequel announcement for “Dylan’s New Nightmare”, an unofficial short movie that picks up 25 years after what we saw in New Nightmare and follows Dylan Porter, the son of Heather Longenkamp. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Second, on this list, we got Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie created in 2014 and directed by Matt Reeves. The film, a sequel to Rise of the Planet of The Apes (and second in the franchise as a whole) follows Caesar and a group of human survivors that need to stay alive in the midst of the deadly Simian Flu pandemic. 

Dawn of the Apes was actually a huge success at the box office, and some critics even called it “the summer’s best popcorn film” of 2014. So, we’re definitely looking forward to this one.


Our third release is not a movie but a long-awaited season for what’s become an incredibly popular series. We’re talking, of course, about Fargo, an anthology filled with crime, betrayal, and cover-ups. 

As you might be used to by now, each season of Fargo follows a different story. In the last one, we went back to the 1950s and followed the Cannon Limited Family and Chris Rock. The new show features Juno Temple, Jenniffer Jason Leigh, and Jon Hamm (quite an impressive cast, isn’t it?) and is set in Minnesota. The story will include a kidnapping plot and might be the closing chapter for Fargo


HBO is also releasing a superhero adaptation from 1997: Spawn, directed by Mark Z.Z. Dippé and featuring John Leguizamo,  Michael Jai White, and Martin Sheen. Now, hear us out. This movie did receive negative reviews (although it did manage to make a $40 million profit) – but many critics have claimed it is just like the comic… for both the right and the wrong reasons. 

The film does have stunning visuals and an amazing cape, although the story is a classic “let’s stop the bad guy”. Still, if you keep your expectations realistic, you will surely enjoy this classic wreck.

It is just a sampling of some of the best content on HBO & Max this month. Check out the current “What’s On” post for more

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