3/04/2021

Shudder: April 2021 Will Be Huge with Train to Busan: Peninsula, In Search of Darkness 2, New Seasons of Creepshow, The Last Drive In, & Much More!

 SHUDDER TURNS APRIL INTO ‘HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN MONTH’ WITH ITS BIGGEST SLATE OF PROGRAMMING EVER

Featuring a New Season of Hit Series Creepshow, the Return of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs and a New Exclusive Movie Every Week

 

Film Slate Includes Yeon Sang-ho's Highly Anticipated Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula and The Power from BAFTA-Nominated Director Corrina Faith

 

Live ‘Halfway to Halloween Hotline’ Will Provide Members

With Personalized Horror Movie Recommendations

 

NEW YORK – March 4, 2021 – April showers bring a packed lineup of new horror films and series to Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, for its annual ‘Halfway to Halloween Month.’ With April marking the halfway point to Halloween, the streamer will celebrate its biggest month of programming yet with a loaded slate of Shudder original films and series, an exclusive documentary, a library of cult classic favorites and the return of ‘Halfway to Halloween Hotline.’

 

“Some do Christmas in July but at Shudder we celebrate Halloween in April to mark the halfway point to the greatest holiday of the year,” said Craig Engler, general manager of Shudder. “‘Halfway to Halloween Month’ is going to be the biggest month of programming in Shudder history with new movies, series, a killer documentary and more.”

 

This year’s ‘Halfway to Halloween’ lineup includes two Shudder Original series, five new Shudder Original and Shudder Exclusive premieres, an exclusive documentary, the 2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards and more. 

 

Highlights include:

  • The season premiere of the Shudder Original series Creepshow and the return of the Shudder Original series The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs.
  • The highly anticipated follow up to Yeon Sang-ho's Train to Busan and Seoul Station, Peninsula.
  • The Power starring Rose Williams (Sanditon) and written and directed by BAFTA nominated British filmmaker Corrina Faith, which appeared on 2018’s Brit List of best unproduced scripts.
  • Christopher Smith’s The Banishing starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible franchise).
  • Boys from County Hell, which /Film called “legendary in its own right” upon its North American premiere at the 2020 Nightstream virtual film festival.
  • Making its US premiere after appearing as a 2020 CANNESERIES Horror Short Form contender, Australian anthology series Deadhouse Dark.
  • An exclusive documentary, In Search of Darkness: Part II, which continues to explore the impact of beloved ‘80s horror films.
  • The 2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, hosted by actor and writer David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man and the Wasp).
  • The Val Lewton Collection: seven classic titles from the 1940s, including Cat PeopleI Walked With A ZombieThe Leopard ManThe Seventh VictimCurse of the Cat PeopleThe Body Snatcher and Isle of the Dead.
  • An Alex de la Iglesia double feature: the mid ‘90s cult classics, Day of the Beast and Dance with the Devil.
  • ‘Halfway to Halloween Hotline’ in which Shudder’s director of programming, Samuel Zimmerman, provides callers with real-time movie recommendations.

 

Series and film details included below.

 

NEW SHUDDER ORIGINALS & EXCLUSIVES

 

*Screeners Available Upon Request*

 

Creepshow, Season 2 – Premieres April 1, New Episodes Every Thursday **Shudder Original Series

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(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, the anthology Creepshow returns for a second season and is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable.  You never know what will be on the next page. Executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero, Creepshow’s second season will feature guest stars Kevin Dillon, Iman Benson, Josh McDermitt, Keith David, Molly Ringwald, Barbara Crampton, Justin Long, and D’Arcy Carden, among others. 


Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula – Premieres April 1 **Shudder Exclusive Film

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(Also available on Shudder CA)

Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in Train to Busan, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us Peninsula, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances. Upon Peninsula’s premiere, Shudder will be the only service in which viewers can watch Yeon Sang-ho's complete trilogy, including Train to Busan and Seoul Station, on a single platform.

 

The Power – Premieres April 8 **Shudder Exclusive Film

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

London, 1974. As Britain prepares for electrical blackouts to sweep across the country, trainee nurse Val (Rose Williams) arrives for her first day at the crumbling East London Royal Infirmary. With most of the patients and staff evacuated to another hospital, Val is forced to work the night shift, finding herself in a dark, near empty building. Within these walls lies a deadly secret, forcing Val to face both her own traumatic past and deepest fears in order to confront the malevolent force that’s intent on destroying everything around her.


The Banishing – Premieres April 15 **Shudder Original Film

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(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

From acclaimed director Chris Smith (CreepSeveranceTriangle) comes The Banishing, which tells the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist...or risk losing their daughter.


The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs – Premieres April 16, New Episodes Every Friday **Shudder Original Series

The hit original series returns with Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presenting eclectic horror movie double features, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. The show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended in the top 10 on Twitter in the US during the premiere of every episode and special, often reaching No. 1.


2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards – Premieres April 18 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT **Shudder TV Exclusive Event

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

In April 2021, Shudder partners with FANGORIA to bring the Chainsaw Awards, hosted by actor and writer David Dastmalchian, to fans across the globe. This year’s nominated films include The Invisible ManFreakyRelicColor Out of Space and Possessor as well as actors Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton and Elisabeth Moss. Since 1992, the Chainsaw Awards have honored top achievements in horror film and television, with past recipients including Jonathan Demme, Sam Raimi, Robert Eggers, Toni Collette and George Romero.

 

Boys from County Hell – Premieres April 22 **Shudder Exclusive Film

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Welcome to Six Mile Hill, a sleepy Irish backwater whose only claim to fame is the somewhat dubious local legend that Bram Stoker once spent a night in the local pub. It’s home to Eugene Moffat, a young man who fills most of his days drinking pints with his friends and pranking tourists who come to visit the gravesite of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire some believe to have inspired ‘Dracula.’ When a personal tragedy forces Eugene to go and work for his gruff, no-nonsense father, he finds himself on the site of a controversial new road development that threatens to destroy the town’s livelihood. But strange events unfold when Eugene and the crew tear down a famous cairn believed to be the final resting place of Abhartach, and they soon come under attack from a sinister force that has infected one of their workmates. As the night closes in, The Boys must fight for survival while discovering the true horror of a myth that hits much closer to home than any of them realize.


In Search of Darkness: Part II – Premieres April 26 **Shudder Exclusive Documentary

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Building on the hit 2019 superdoc that Forbes called “a scary good magnum opus,” In Search of Darkness: Part II dives deeper into the fabled practical-effects decade of iconic and eclectic ‘80s horror movies that changed the course of film history. Packed with over four hours of brand-new interviews, including such legendary horror icons as Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill), Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead), and special-effects wizard Tom Savini (Friday the 13th), Part II features 15 new faces alongside 40-plus returning members of the original In Search of Darkness cast to delve into more fan-favorite titles of ‘80s horror, year-by-year, expanding its scope to cover more international releases and spotlighting horror-career retrospectives. 

Deadhouse Dark – Premieres April 29 **Shudder Original Series

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

An anthology of six interconnected horror short films, Deadhouse Dark is anchored by a woman who receives a ‘mystery box’ from the dark web, each item within it gradually unveiling a dark and troubling truth. A boxful of dark and chilling tales of terror inspired by frighteningly familiar modern trends including dark web mystery boxes, dash cam footage and Insta-fame hungry vloggers. Deadhouse Dark is a giant mystery box of chocolates – while there is something in there to suit a variety of different tastes, in the end chocolate is still chocolate. And who doesn’t love chocolate?


HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN HOTLINE

 

Every Friday in April from 3pm-4pm ET, members are invited to call Samuel Zimmerman, Shudder’s director of programming, to discuss all things horror: from their favorite genre films of all time to the most highly anticipated horror releases of the year.  From those conversations, Sam will then use his horror expertise to offer customized viewing recommendations from Shudder’s expansive film collection.

 

A new hotline phone number will be announced each Friday on Shudder’s social media platforms.

 

**While recommendations are provided for free, please note that normal phone and long-distance charges may apply. Call volume is expected to be high, so please keep trying if a busy signal is received. There are no guarantees that every call will be answered, but Sam will get through as many as he can within the hour.**

 

NEW ADDITIONS TO SHUDDER’S MOVIE LIBRARY

 

April 1

·        Night of the Lepus (1972)

Coming to Shudder just in time for Easter, in this cult classic, an Arizona rancher dealing with massive rabbit overpopulation calls on a local college president, Elgin Clark, to help him. In order to humanely resolve the matter, Elgin brings in researchers who inject the rabbits with chemicals. However, they fail to anticipate the consequences of their actions.

 

·        The Haunting of Julia (1977)

After her daughter's death, wealthy American homemaker Julia Lofting moves to London to restart her life. All seems well until she is haunted by the ghosts of other children while mourning for her own.

 

·        The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface is up to his cannibalistic ways once again, along with the rest of his twisted clan. This time, the masked killer has set his sights on a pretty disc jockey, who teams up with a Texas lawman to battle the psychopath and his family deep within their lair, a macabre abandoned amusement park.

 

April 2

·        The Val Lewton Collection

Seven classic films from the influential writer and producer behind a series of atmospheric, psychologically rich horror classics: Cat People (1942), I Walked With A Zombie (1943), The Leopard Man (1943), The Seventh Victim (1943), Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945) and Isle of the Dead (1945)

 

April 5

·        Don’t Panic (1988)

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Best known as Mexico’s homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street, in this film, Michael is gifted a Ouija board from his best friend, Tony, on his seventeenth birthday. Tony unwittingly unlocks the evil forces of the board, unleashing a wave of violent killings, and the chief suspect appears to be Michael.

 

·        Zombie for Sale (2019)

(Also available on Shudder CA and Shudder UKI)

When the illegal human experiments of a Korean pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of its undead test subjects escapes and ends up in a gas station owned by the Park family. When the Park family uncovers the undead visitor, they hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth.

 

April 12

·        The McPherson Tape (1989)

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Known for being a pioneer in the found footage genre, this film centers on a typical fall evening in 1983 when a young man videotapes his niece's 5th birthday party. As the night's strange occurrences take place, he keeps his video camera running, recording the entire event.

 

·        Alex de la Iglesia Double Feature

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Two cult favorites from the acclaimed Spanish master of horror who most recently directed and co-wrote HBO Max’s 30 CoinsThe Day of the Beast (1995), in which a priest, TV psychic and Death Metal record store clerk team up to beat Satan and prevent the Apocalypse, and Dance with the Devil (a.k.a. Perdita Durango, 1997) starring Rosie Perez and Javier Bardem as a sadistic couple involved with human sacrifices, kidnapping, murder and fetus trafficking.

 

April 19

·        The Stepfather (1987)

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Jerry Blake is a family man, but he happens to have a series of families, with each one on the receiving end of his murderous ways. When Jerry sets his sights on a lovely widow named Susan and her headstrong daughter, Stephanie, it appears that his brutal pattern of killings will continue. However, Stephanie begins to suspect that there's something wrong with the seemingly well-adjusted Jerry, and a violent confrontation is inevitable.

 

·        Thale (2012)

Leo and Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy crime scene when Elvis accidentally finds a secret passage that leads to a subterranean living space. He encounters Thale, a beautiful young woman who sings but does not speak. The two are ill-prepared when others tracking Thale finally catch up to her.

 

·        The Conspiracy (2012)

(Also available on Shudder CA)

A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.

 

·        Housebound (2014)

(Also available on Shudder CA)

A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.

 

April 26

·        The Similiars (2015)

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Eight people experience a strange phenomenon while waiting for a bus at a remote station on a rainy October night.

 

·        The Diabolical (2015)

A single mother and her children are awoken nightly by an intense presence. She asks her scientist boyfriend to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to take on.

 

·        Attack of the Demons (2019)

(Also available on Shudder CA)

For centuries, a demonic cult has been plotting the destruction of mankind. When a small Colorado town is overrun by a legion of mutating demons, three non-demon hunter friends must use every skill their minds can fathom to stave off the demon apocalypse.

 

April 29

·        Horror Express (1972)

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

While travelling on the Trans-Siberian Express, an anthropologist and his rival must contain the threat posed by the former's cargo: a prehistoric ape which is the host for a lifeform that is absorbing the minds of the passengers and crew.

 

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3/01/2021

Lucky (2020) (Review)


Director: Natasha Kermani
Writer: Brea Grant
Cast: Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Kristina Klebe, Kauser Mohammed, Dhruv Uday Singh
Year: 2020
Min: 83

May (Brea Grant) is a self-help author, who is now in a creative slump. She is feeling tired of touring, book signings, and all the other issues that come with being a writer. Living in the suburbs with her hubby, Ted (Dhruv Uday Singh), everything else seems well enough. Except that one night, a masked, male intruder (Hunter C. Smith) breaks into their house and tries to attack her. Ted, nonchalantly says that this is a nightly occurrence. The authorities also take it all in a decidedly causal manner. Ted, doesn't even bother to tell them that the man has supposedly been there before. 

When May confronts her husband about this nightly intruder, he ends up leaving her. She then, must go at it alone, facing the increasingly more violent and bold attacks by the man. This man, who she clearly kills almost every single time, simply disappears afterwards. Only to continuously come back, clearly not hurt and, very much alive. The police, and no else one quite frankly, are of any use to her. May has no idea what the hell is happening, who her assailant is, or where the fuck Ted is, for that matter. 

Lucky is a Canadian horror movie that mixes elements of slasher, home invasion, psychological thriller, and David Lynch. All of which is filtered through a feminist eye, thanks to the directing of Natasha Kermani and lead actress and horror fan favorite favorite Brea Grant, who wrote the imaginative script. Much of it comes off as wonderfully original. Perhaps some bits and pieces recall other movies, but the sum of its wholes is unlike anything I can recall. And, that is something this weary viewer and critic can appreciate. As a matter of fact, the more I reflected on it, the more my admiration for it grew.

This flick stands as a great showcase for Brea Grant's immense acting talent. Her character of May is the one that really carries the whole story. A great example of her performance lies in the first time the man appears. Her facial reactions are priceless, as she conveys so much emotion in them. And, May, herself, comes off as a very likable person. You care and, thus, cheer for her.

While, the acting is strong from everyone else, the other characters tend to frustrate me. Which is, I think, clearly the point. Dhruv Uday Singh's Ted, in particular, doesn't ever win my affection. Singh is great, but I don't like or fully trust his character. He, like everyone around May, comes off as incompetent and/ or simply a bunch of dicks. Cause, the truth is May is out on her own in this and, in many ways, everything else in life. Which is not unlike the advice she gives as a writer.

All of this, of course, comes from Grant's wonderful, subtext filled script. Without giving away anything there are allegories to the struggles and menaces that women face, usual alone. Her story is timely and shows, once again, that the female voice in the genre is very much needed. And, that it can bring in fresh and bold takes on tired old sub-genres like slashers and home invasion flicks.

Kermani's directing slowly ratchets up the suspense, as each attack is seemingly more brazen and aggressive in both nature and, eventually, consequences. As such, the fights May and the man have are each bloodier than the last. Furthermore, her directing kept me invested in every single moment and detail. It should be mentioned that the ending doesn't clearly give any answers and nothing is ever fully explained. This isn't a problem though, as it fits the movie's narrative quite well. Of course, that won't be to everyone's liking, but it certainly was to mine. 

Lucky isn't your typical slasher/ home invasion movie, and is all the more fascinating for this very reason. It's a flick that the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated and enjoyed it. The well directed movie always held my interest, keeping me fully invested in it. Grant's excellent script made me question and analyze everything that was going on. And, speaking of Grant, while the whole cast is great, she really stands out in her performance. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a damn good flick, but it won't be for everyone. Those who like everything explained and for the story to be cut and dry, might feel frustrated with it. But, for those of us who love Lynchian terror and a movie with a deep and fully relevant socio-political message, will find much to enjoy here. You can catch Lucky when it starts streaming on Shudder, this Thursday, March 4, 2021. 



2/24/2021

The Pretty Reckless- "Death by Rock and Roll" Lands at #1!

THE PRETTY RECKLESS' DEATH BY ROCK AND ROLL LANDS AT NO. 1 ON MULTIPLE CHARTS

The Pretty Reckless' long-awaited and critically acclaimed new album Death By Rock And Roll has landed at No. 1 on multiple sales charts.

The album is a tour de force and was recently featured by PEOPLE and V Magazine.

"Confident" — The Daily Beast

"Prove themselves as enduring forces in the rock scene" — Hypebae

"The LP is a stunner; a dozen stellar songs that are at once reverential, referential and intensely personal" — SPIN

"Evocative... vibrant" — Loudwire

2/22/2021

The Dark and the Wicked (Review)


Writer/ Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbot Jr., Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Lynn Andrews, Tom Zowicki
Year: 2020
Min: 95

Two siblings, Michael (Michael Abbot Jr.) and Louise (Marin Ireland), head to their scheduled family farm house. They are there to see their sickly father (Michael Zagst), who is bed ridden, unresponsive, and has deteriorating health. Their mother (Julie Oliver-Touchstone) cares for him mostly by herself, with occasional help from a nurse (Lynn Andrews). But, their mom isn't behaving like her usual self, at all, instead acting disturbed, uneasy, and looking utterly miserable. She also let's them know that they shouldn't have come, and that they need to leave immediately. Things, from then on, turn continuously worse and increasingly nightmarish. 

Written and directed by Bryan (The Strangers) Bertino, The Dark and the Wicked is a 2020 supernatural horror movie. It garnered some strong reviews last and year, and I remember that it got some fans talking about it. The actual film, itself, is a little more uneven, that you may have been lead to believe. But, it isn't without its merits.

Bertino gives us a really good looking movie. The cinematography by Tristan Nyby is gorgeous. There is some really nice frame composition and good use of shadow and light. All of this helps to contribute to the movie's continuous downbeat and chilling feeling. This look fits the film's tone perfectly. As it is a flick that is  never fun on any level, save for a scene that has a cute baby sheep. 

The script by Bertino makes the mystery of what is happening intriguing and unnerving. His story and directing is that of a slowly paced movie, at times, maybe, a little too slow. But, whenever it feels like it has slowed to a halt, something shocking will occur. The first truly jaw-dropping moment in the movie actually breaks up the quiet, unease that it previously set-up, bitch slapping you back into reality. It is a soul crushing, downer of a moment. The flick also has some decent jump scares, that, at least, don't turn out to be fake-outs. 

I love the score by Tom Schraeder. It is somber evocative, and creepy. It tonally fits the movie perfectly. The film also has excellent sound design, as it takes full advantage of its surround sound. This helps it to further up the creep factor, as sound effects permeate from the right and the left, sometimes making you wonder what the hell it is your hearing. And, if it is even coming from the movie, itself. This is a strong method that really helps it get under your skin. 

The acting from the whole case is excellent. Marin Ireland is especially good as Louise. Her performance really helps you to feel for her. Michael Abbot Jr, as her brother Michael, is fine as well. And, I have to say that it is always a treat to see Xander (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Nikita) Berkeley in anything, here doing a memorable, albeit small, turn as the Priest.

On the other hand, nothing new is done. While, it certainly is alarming, at times, it also very much follows the tropes set up by this kind of movie. As the movie progresses, the clichĂ©s begin to increase in frequency. The climax has some twisted moments that are mixed in with others that are more predictable in nature. I am most definitely not a fan of the ending which, honestly, comes off as cheap and contrived, especially since it follows something that is pretty twisted. 

The Dark and the Wicked won't win any points for breaking new ground. Its pacing aims for a slow burn approach, which might be to everyone's liking. Although, it does throw-in a shocking scene every time it feels too slow. However, it definitely achieves its aim to be creepy and unnerving. The climax is alternately shocking and predictable. While, the movie's ending feels cheap and lazy. Say what you will though the movie looks great and has excellent acting by the whole cast. This is one that certainly worth a look, but is definitely not the masterpiece some have proclaimed it to be. The Dark and the Wicked will begin streaming on Shudder this Thursday, February 25, 2021. 



 

2/19/2021

Shudder: March 2021 Highlights- LUCKY, STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC, & More, Including Ken Russell's THE DEVILS!

Members can look forward to new Shudder movie premieres every week, including season two of the hit series A Discovery of Witches, Shudder original films LuckyStay Out of the AtticSlaxx and Violation, the Shudder exclusive Koko-Di Koko-Da, and an impressive lineup of recent and classic horror favorites including Ken Russell’s The Devils.

Series and film details included below:

LUCKY – premieres March 4 **Shudder Original Film

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(Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)

Official Selection SXSW Film Festival

Life takes a sudden turn for May (Brea GrantAfter Midnight), a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life. Written by Brea Grant, directed by Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl).


STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC – premieres March 11 **Shudder Original Film

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(Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)

A diverse group of ex-cons-turned-movers—played by Morgan Alexandria (Forever My Girl), Ryan Francis (Sisters) and Bryce Fernelius (Ruling of the Heart)—are convinced by their creepy client, Vern Muller (Michael FlynnThe Outpost), to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, including boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters and more. Will they survive the night? Written and directed by Jerren Lauder (Bug Bites).

SLAXX – premieres March 18 **Shudder Original Film

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(Also available on Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

A possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, Slaxx proceeds to wreak carnage on staff locked in overnight to set up the new collection. Starring Romane Denis (Slut in a Good Way), Brett Donahue (Private Eyes), Sehar Bhojani (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Stephen Bogaert (The Umbrella Academy). Directed by Elza Kephart (Go in the Wilderness).

KOKO-DI KOKO-DA – premieres March 18 **Shudder Exclusive Film

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(Also available on Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)

Official Selection Sundance Film Festival

As an unhappy couple (Leif EdlundOperation Ragnarok, and Ylva GallonCorridor) embark on a camping trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist (Danish rockstar Peter Belli) and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick. Directed by Johannes Nyholm (The Giant).

VIOLATION – premieres March 25 **Shudder Original Film

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(Also available on Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

Official Selection Toronto International, Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals

With her marriage on the verge of collapse, Miriam (co-writer and co-director Madeleine Sims-Fewer, The Substitute) returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law after years apart. In one evening, a small slip in judgment leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling and furious. She embarks on an extreme course of action to address the situation, but the price of revenge is high and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel. Co-written and co-directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli (Chubby).

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, Season 2, Eps 9 &10

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A Discovery of Witches, continues with its penultimate episode premiering Saturday, March 6, and finale episode Saturday, March 13. In the final two episodes of Season 2, Matthew (Matthew GoodeDownton Abbey) is forced to account for his disruptive visit to Bohemia and Matthew and Diana (Teresa PalmerHacksaw Ridge) reach a new level of intimacy. Diana makes plans to complete her training with Goody Alsop (Sheila Hancock, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) – and perfect the ninth magical knot – in order to return home, but surprising encounters ensue. A Discovery of Witches is a Sundance Now and Shudder original series based on the critically acclaimed and bestselling novels by Deborah Harkness.

New Additions To Shudder’s Movie Library:

 

MARCH 1

• The Burning

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. (1981, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Amityville II: The Possession

A dysfunctional family moves into a new house, which proves to be satanic, resulting in the demonic possession of their teenage son. (1982, Also available on Shudder CA)


• The Devils

In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (1971)

MARCH 8

• Sword of God

Two men in the early Middle Ages come to a pagan land: one to bring Christianity, the other to find his way of living. In the fight between dialogue and force, one of them will die. (2018, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Edge of the Axe

An axe murderer terrorizes a small Northern California mountain community, while two young computer-obsessed adults attempt to solve the killings. (1988, Also available on Shudder UK and Shudder CA)


• Vampyres

Two mysterious women lure various passers-by to their rural mansion in the English countryside and hold them captive in order to feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood. (1974, Also available on Shudder UK and Shudder CA)

 

MARCH 9
• Prey

After the death of her sister, Elena, a young quadriplegic, retires to a country house with her father and Athos, a Belgian Shepherd Dog specially trained to help her. But the creature who is supposed to be her best friend has contracted a strange disease and has turned into her worst enemy. (2019, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who is hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs. (1981, Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)

 

MARCH 15

• Hosts

A family falls victim to a series of violent murders when they invite their neighbors over for Christmas dinner. (2020, Also available on Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)


• It Cuts Deep

While on Christmas vacation, a young man with commitment issues tries desperately to hang on to his relationship when a rival enters the picture. (2020, Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)


• Game of Death

Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death, which sucks for seven decent-looking millennials who decide to play one sunny day. They quickly and gruesomely realize that if they don’t murder people, their heads will literally explode. (2017, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Shakma
Students are trapped with a testy baboon while playing a fantasy game in a research building. (1990, Also available on Shudder CA)

 

MARCH 16

• Nosferatu

In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that he and his wife are in grave danger. (1922, Also available on Shudder CA and Shudder UK)


• The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

At a carnival in Germany, Francis and his friend Alan encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari. The men see Caligari showing off a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan's death and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true, making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty or is the doctor controlling him? (1921, Also available on Shudder CA)


• The Great Gabbo

The Great Gabbo is a mentally unstable ventriloquist who brutally demeans his assistant, Mary, blaming her for the duo's lack of success. Fed up with his abuse, she quits, only to find herself performing as a dancer in a major stage show featuring Gabbo two years later. Though she is now married, Gabbo makes a play for her. When she rejects him, his madness returns, and he begins to speak only through his puppet. (1929, Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)


• White Zombie

A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. (1932, Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

 

MARCH 22

• Let's Scare Julie

A group of teen girls set out to scare their reclusive new neighbor, but the prank turns to terror when some of them don't come back. (2019, Also available on Shudder CA)


• White of the Eye

Joan White is informed by the police that her husband, a soundman who specializes in high-end audio systems, might be responsible for a series of gruesome murders in their Arizona community. As her husband’s behavior turns violent, Joan begins to suspect his guilt. (1987, Also available on Shudder CA)


• The Untamed

A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. (2016, Also available on Shudder CA)

 

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2/11/2021

Horror Crush: Kim Director


It has been a very long time (way too fucking long, if you were to ask me) since we inducted a lady into this site's Horror Crush section. And, with Valentine's Day coming up and it being Women in Horror Month, it feels more appropriate than ever to do so. And, with that being said, this time around the chosen beauty is the stunning Kim Director!   

Kim Director was born on November 13, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She made her acting debut in Spike Lee's He Got Game (1998). But, I wouldn't know of her till I saw the movie that made her one of my personal favorite horror crushes (and thus paved the way for her induction): Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000).


Taking a meta approach, this often, and unjustly, at that, maligned sequel, has the events of the first movie, be just that a movie. Or is it? As our characters go off to prove if it was indeed real or just reel. Kim plays one of said characters, Kim a gorgeous, goth babe that is hotter than hell. Director is quite good in her role, as is the rest of the cast.

If you wanna go much deeper into my thoughts on this flick, please read my review of it. But, long story short, it maybe flawed but is still a good movie. One that I truly believe has aged much better than its predecessor. Also, starring in the movie is the gorgeous Erica (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake) Leershen. My questions is would you like to see her inducted into Horror Crushes? Let me know in the comments section below if so!

And, regardless of your thoughts on the movie itself (though, I firmly feel those who dislike it should give a second chance) I think we can all agree that Director looks breathtaking in it. This is especially true for those of who love goth girls! 


Director, though, wouldn't return to horror movies, themselves, till 2016 for M. Knight Shaymalan's Splitin an uncredited role as a character named Hannah. I am guessing this was a small role, and I honestly didn't notice her in it. Did any of you guys notice her role?

She would, eventually, start doing conventions (you know while those actually were still occurring) beginning with Chiller Theatre April 2018. I met her there, and she was so genuinely sweet and, of course, breathtakingly beautiful. She followed that up with NJ Horror Con March 2019, where she actually remembered my friend and myself! I didn't get a pic with her at that event, but one of my friends did (note: as such there are no pics of her my in report concerning NJ Horror Con.).  

Then in 2020, she appeared on an episode of NOS4A2 as a character named Sasha in an episode called "Good Father". I have never watched this show, but if you have let me know in the comments, especially your thoughts on her in said episode.

And, she has an upcoming in Glen Danzig's
Death Rider in the House of the Vampires.
This movie also stars Devon Sawa, Julian Sands, Danny Trejo, and the Soska Sisters! It looks like it is sexy and gory fun, and Director looks incredible in the trailer! And, quite frankly it is said trailer that made it very clear that sealed the deal on this induction. You can watch said trailer below. 



Kim Director is an absolute stunning beauty (those eyes!!), naturally sexy, and a great actress (check out her amazing performance in HBO's The Deuce for proof). And, while she hadn't done that much horror, she is, in recent years, beginning to rack up the appearances in the genre. Plus, she really likes being at horror conventions. But, even outside of that, her role in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 pretty much certifies that she deserves being her. Long, long overdue, it is with great honor that I declare Kim Director an official inductee into this site's Horror Crushes