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’s what to watch: summer scares, friendly giants, and adventurous ape-men

As an entertainment icon returns to theaters, a modern horror franchise reaches its third installment and a beloved director adapts an equally beloved kids book. Meanwhile, the creators of Once Upon a Time take us back to the 80s with a slasher summer camp series!

Harry Potter director David Yates hopes to continue his box office success with a project about another orphaned boy with advanced abilities. Instead of magic, The Legend of Tarzan will revolve around a man raised in the jungle who utilizes those relationships to save the woman he loves and his home from the machinations of Christoph Waltz’s villain.

With Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie in the Tarzan and Jane roles, the project seems ready to remind moviegoers why these two have been wowing generations since Edgar Rice Burroughs debuted them in 1912.

Huge kudos the makers of the Purge: Election Year commercials for so perfectly capturing the disturbing energy of actual political ads in their spots for the upcoming film.

The third entry in James DeMonaco’s Purge series focuses on Elizabeth Mitchell’s anti-Purge champion Senator Charlene Roan as she becomes a target during the annual event where all laws are suspended. Luckily for her, Frank Grillo’s Leo Barnes survived the previous film to be her head of security this time around.

The man who single-handedly revolutioned family entertainment in the 80s by directing movies like E.T. and producing the likes of The Goonies returns to his all-ages roots with The BFG. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s 1982 classic kids novel looks to capture that same awe and wonder we felt as kids while using all kinds of updated movie-making magic.

The 80s slasher heyday might be well behind us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t revisit it from time to time. Occasionally, that means popping in that Blu-ray of Sleepaway Camp II while others it means creating a whole series around the concept like Freeform’s Dead of Summer.

The show debuted last Tuesday with another new episode hitting this week. We’re definitely intrigued about what’s going to happen, specifically how well the writers can keep us interested (hoping for more Scream than Slasher).

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