5/17/2021

Psycho Goreman (Review)

Writer/ Director: Steven Kostanki
Cast: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Matthew Ninaber, Steven Vlahos, Adam Brooks
Year: 2020
Min: 95
 

Two siblings, Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre), are playing a lively game of CrazyBall. Mimi wins, so Luke, naturally, has to bury himself alive. He doesn't finish digging the hole, though, as he finds an alien gem. Mimi takes it with her. Soon, an evil and destructive alien being, known as the Archduke of Nightmares, from the planet Gigax, rises from the ground. He has been imprisoned on Earth, after an unsuccessful attempt at trying to destroy the universe. He moves into an old, abdonanded factory, killing a group of thieves who live there. The monstrous alien being has incredible strength and powers, including the ability to horribly alter the body of his foes. The next day the siblings find the monster, and he threatens to kill them. But, Mimi has the gem, which mean she has control over him. 

As such gets him to join on all the fun, including dressing up, learning how to play and joining in on crazy ball, and teaching him how to talk in a "cool" manner. She also renames him Psycho Goreman or PG for short. But, in the meantime, Pandora, of the religious zealot (AKA religious assholes), alien race known as the Templars, takes human form and goes to Earth to kill PG. The Templars enslaved PG's people and are the ones who imprisoned him., on Earth. 

Psycho Goreman is a Canadian sci-fi/ horror/ comedy. It's written and directed by Steven (The Void co-director) Kostanki, who comes from cult production company Astron-6 (The Editor, Father's Day, etc.). It definitely has that companies humor style. And, like those movies is filled with homages to other genre flicks. It was originally going to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival, but alas COVID-19 shot those plans to shit. It did eventually play other festivals and came to the movies and video on demand, early this year. It begins streaming exclusively on Shudder on May 20, 2021.

The best and most simple way to describe this movie is as fun. In fact, from the moment its super cool prologue comes on it sets up what will be an absolute good time to be had. Thanks to Kostanki's writing and directing the movie is wonderfully imaginative. Honestly, if you are sick of derivative, unoriginal dreck then this fucker is for you! It is so fucking funny, that watching it, almost made me spit my coffee out! I love the type of humor that this movie has, for example when Mimi says that "Grandma is in hell forever", I was fucking dying! It simply so much fun that I had a smile on face, if not outright laughing my ass off, throughout its running time. As a matter of fact, I haven't laughed this fucking hard in ages.

In some ways, it plays like a cooler, meaner, gore drenched ET, as the kids "befriend" and hang with PG. It also plays as a tribute to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, including a great homage scene, wherein the kids teach PG to say "Frig off!"! As a matter of fact on top of the ET and T2 influence, it also throws in Power Rangers (especially when comes to the look and feel of the monsters) with the splatter comedy of Dead Alive and Evil Dead 2

It's gore content is bloody and over-the-top. There is a truly a double decapitation that had me jumping for joy. Other splatter highlights include: an exploding and squished heads, face ripping, broken bones, and more. This excellent makeup FX work also comes into play with cool, but at times purposely cheesy, looking monsters and alien beings. One of my favorite creatures in the film, is Alasdair, a formerly normal, human kid, who Mimi likes. But, when he shows no interest Mimi sets PG's powers on him and he turns into a giant, walking brain! I fucking love that! 

The movie is oddly cute, at times, but in a manner that will sicken you make you wanna barf from the saccharin content. But, rather this comes from a natural likability. It even throws in fun moral lessons that one might get from watching 80s cartoons. The movie even has a kick ass heavy metal song at the end. This pretty much seals it as one of the most motherfucking cool movies in recent memory. 

The acting is quite good, with Nita-Josee Hanna being especially awesome as Mimi. Her character is so funny and a total asshole, brat, that, as such, she is one of the most awesome kids in horror in many a moon. Matthew Ninaber does a great job in playing the psychical side of P, while Steven Vlahos does an excellent job providing the monster's voice. Combined they do a great job in bringing him to life. He is a great character and needs to be some future sequels. I hope he becomes the next horror icon!

Holy shit is Psycho Goreman ever a complete and utter blast to watch! The flick is utterly hilarious, that I laughed so hard, that I fucking cried! It is completely gore drenched and manages to play homage to various sci-fi and horror movies, as well allusions to kids shows from years past. The acting is solid, especially from Hanna as Mimi, who is best kid in horror in forever. PG is such fun monster, that he better get some more adventures. The cool and fun looking practical FX are another plus.  This resulting film is one of the best horror comedies since Happy Death Day. As a matter of fact, it is definitely an early contender for one of the best horror movies of 2021!





5/10/2021

Halestorm + Evanescence Announce Fall 2021 Arena Tour!


 Evanescence and Halestorm are returning to the concert stage in the U.S. this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off Friday, November 5th, in Portland, OR, and take the bands to arenas across the country before wrapping up in the Northeast right before the holidays.

General on-sale begins Friday, May 14th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Limited VIP packages will be available for purchase that include premium seating, access to attend Evanescence's Soundcheck followed by a moderated Q&A with the band, exclusive merchandise items, and more. A May 12th presale exclusively open to top Spotify listeners of both Evanescence and Halestorm will precede the general on-sale.

The tour will bring together two of the top women in rock — Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale — for a truly badass experience night after night. Close friends as well as close collaborators, just last year, Lzzy performed back-up vocals on Evanescence's "Use My Voice," and Amy joined Lzzy on a new version of Halestorm's "Break In." In addition to new music and the biggest hits from both women, the shows will highlight their personal bond and the music that's come of it.

Amy Lee said, "Words can't express how excited we are to go back on tour with our friends and rock out again. We've been building this new music in isolation for over a year and dreaming of what it will be like to finally play it live, and to experience it together with our fans for the first time. We can't wait to see you there!"

Lzzy Hale said of the upcoming tour, "We have all been mourning the loss of live music, and patiently waiting, looking toward an uncertain future. Finally the future looks bright and I can't think of a better way to break the silence than with our dear friends in Evanescence. I can only imagine how it will feel to step on stage again night after night, and reconnect with all of the fans whom I've missed so much. Get ready for intense emotions, loud performances, and a newly exhilarated energy unlike any tour we've experienced in the past. Looking forward to seeing you all!"

This Thursday, May 13th, fans can get a sneak peek of Evanescence playing live during their "Driven to Perform" Cooper Tire livestream concert, which features songs from their recently released Top Rock Album, The Bitter Truth, along with older favorites. Register for the free livestream concert here. And watch Evanescence perform their new single "Better Without You" on The Kelly Clarkson Show today on NBC (check local listings). 

The Bitter Truth debuted in March as the #1 Current Rock and Alternative album in the U.S., and the band will bring audiences a high-octane rock energy to match the album, which The LA Times hailed as their "fiercest songs to date." Consequence of Sound said of The Bitter Truth, "Amy Lee and company triumphantly return … and it's certainly worth the wait," and the shows with Halestorm this winter will further prove it. 

Dates below with more to be announced soon. For the latest ticket and VIP information, please visit here

Grammy-winning Halestorm are currently in Rock Falcon Studios, working diligently on their upcoming fifth album (and follow up to 2018's Vicious) with Nick Raskulinecz. The band recently released their rendition of The Who's "Long Live Rock" in conjunction with the documentary of the same name. Hale just completed filming of the inaugural season of Hit Parader's new music competition show NO COVER, appearing as a celebrity judge alongside Alice Cooper, Bishop Briggs, Gavin Rossdale, and Tosin Abasi. She also hosts A Year in Music for AXS TV; Season 4 premiered last week. The vocalist also appeared on the theme song for the Netflix film Thunder Force along with Corey Taylor, Scott Ian, and more. Recent Halestorm press highlights include Forbes, Psychology Today, Refinery 29, Alternative Press, Good Day New York, KTLA, and more. For additional news, tickets, and VIP package information, visit here.

EVANESCENCE + HALESTORM TOUR DATES:
Fri, Nov 5 - Portland, OR - Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun, Nov 7 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena
Tues, Nov 9 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
Fri, Nov 12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - The Chelsea
Sat, Nov 13 - San Diego, CA - San Diego State University - Viejas Arena
Mon, Nov 15 - Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Federal Theatre
Sat, Nov 20 - Fort Worth, TX - Dickies Arena
Thu, Dec 2 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
Sun, Dec 5 - Saint Louis, MO - Saint Louis University - Chaifetz Arena
Sat, Dec 11 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
Sun, Dec 12 - Cincinnati, OH - Heritage Bank Center
Tue, Dec 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - University of Pittsburgh - Petersen Events Center
Wed, Dec 15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Fri, Dec 17 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
Sat, Dec 18 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center


Evanescence Photo Credit: Nick Fancher


ABOUT EVANESCENCE:
Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Evanescence has made an impact on people around the world. The group's 2003 landmark debut album Fallen laid the foundation spending 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10 and selling more than 17 million copies worldwide. Debut single and global hit "Bring Me to Life" reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and marked their first U.K. #1 hit single. The equally popular "My Immortal" peaked at #7 in the U.S. and U.K. Following multiple worldwide tours, The Open Door came next, which went on to sell more than five million copies followed by the self-titled Evanescence, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. Evanescence lead singer-songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist Troy McLawhorn, and guitarist and backing vocalist Jen Majura went down both very new and familiar paths for their fourth and most ambitious release to date, Synthesis, in 2017 via BMG. The symphonic effort scored four Billboard #1s, debuting atop the Independent, Alternative, Rock, and Classical Album Charts. Evanescence launched their worldwide "Synthesis Live" tour in October 2017 combining their intense live performances and timeless songwriting with a powerful live orchestra. The Bitter Truth, out now on BMG, is Evanescence's fourth studio album.


Halestorm Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic


ABOUT HALESTORM:
Halestorm is comprised of Lzzy Hale [vocals + guitar], Arejay Hale [drums], Joe Hottinger [guitar], and Josh Smith [bass]. Together they have toured extensively clocking a staggering 2,500 live performances to date with a diverse variety of artists including: Eric Church, Joan Jett, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top and Evanescence. Most recently, the band scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Performance" for their song  "Uncomfortable," marking their second nomination after their 2013 win for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance." Loudwire named Lzzy their "2018 Rock Artist of the Year," and two years prior, she was named the "Dimebag Darrell Shredder of the Year" at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Both Halestorm and their 2012 LP The Strange Case of… were certified Gold, further evidencing Halestorm's massively supportive fanbase. Halestorm have also made history with "Love Bites (So Do I)," the hit single from The Strange Case of… which ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., making Halestorm the first-ever group with a female vocalist to earn the top spot on the format. The band's latest album Vicious is out now.

ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

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The Reckoning (Review)

Director: Neil Marshall
Writers: Neil Marshall, Charlotte Kirk, Edward Evers-Swindell
Cast: Charlotte Kirk, Sean Pertwee, Steven Waddington, Joe Anderson, Suzanne Magowan, Ian Whyte
Year: 2020
Min: 110

1665 is "the year of the great plague", as the opening credits tell us. It is here that our story takes place. Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk, who also co-wrote the script along with Edward Evers-Swindell and director Neil Marshall) has found that her husband has hung himself, after contracting the bubonic plague. When, the scummy landlord Squire Pendleton (Steven Waddington) comes to collect the rent, she pays him with her and her hubby's wedding rings. He tells her that are other ways to pay and tries to rape her. She rebukes him and fights back. Pissed off, he leaves and threatens that she will regret this.

The Squire, then, accuses Grace of witchcraft. She is taken and imprisoned, while he, himself, takes her little, baby girl away. An especially cruel witchfinder, John Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee), (who coincidently burned Grace's mom at the stake, when Grace was but a child) is in charge of her trial and torture. Accompanying him in his sadistic ways is his horribly scarred companion, Ursula (Suzanne Magowan). Meanwhile, Grace is haunted by dreams in which Satan (Ian Whyte), himself, wants and tempts her. But, regardless, she won't be broken by the witchfinder and give him the confession she wants. Instead, all she wishes to have her daughter safe and back with her. But first, she must first find a way to escape. 

The Reckoning is a British dramatic/ adventure/ horror film from genre master Neil (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Game of Thrones) Marshall, who directed and co-wrote it. It is a movie in the vein of films like Witchfinder General and Mark of the Devil. Except, that it has that added action influence that Marshall is so good at. It played a couple of festivals last year and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 6, 2021. It makes it exclusive streaming debut on Shudder on May 13, 2021.

This movie really sucks you in, pretty much from the beginning, and even more so once the plot really unfolds. Thanks to Marshall's directing, this is a beautiful looking movie, with a somber start. The dark, grey and rainy parts play in sharp contrast to the bright and happy flashbacks of Grace and her husband, during the start of the film. The scene of his hanging is an early and strong, emotional hit. There is a heavy feeling for much of the film, particularly during the torture scenes. And, while, those aren't super explicit, they do rock you hard enough to elicit the intended reaction.  

With that being said, all the shit that you'll see our heroine go through, really makes the pay off in the climax worth it. And, boy, is it ever awesome! The action scenes from there are on in are thrilling, exciting, and bloody. Marshall also manages to add lot of suspense and white knuckle intensity to what is happening. My fists where clenched and my heart was in my throat, as I watched these scenes unfurl. All the while, cheering for Grace to succeed and make the bad guys pay. The movie also has a gorgeous score by Christopher (Creepshow the series) Drake, which comes off as powerful, tragic, and evocative. And, I fucking loved it! 

The movie only lost me a bit during its cheap dream scenes and unnecessary jump scares. These moments are when Satan keeps visiting and haunting Grace. He wants to screw and tempt her to turn to him. But, to me these parts serve only to slow the movie down and feel overdone. To be honest, though, this is the only complaint I have of this otherwise, very well done film. 

Within the movie, we do get a sex scene with some nudity. I mention this mostly, because moments like this are almost non-existent in film nowadays. Aside, from being easy on the eyes, it serves as a believable and tender proof of Grace and her husband's love. Here is hoping that this marks a return of sex in movies. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we get strong violence and gore. Among the mayhem is torture, immolation, whipping, bloody squibs, decapitation, and a superlative head crushing. 

The inherit sexism of the time plays an obviously major role in this movie's themes and plot. It is at the heart of the film and a major motivation for our heroine. That isn't the only statement this flick makes. This is evident from the movie's prologue, where a woman is pulled away from her family by officials. It reminded me about cases and events from recent times. It felt like an allusion to police brutality and of ICE separating families. So, that despite the flick's historical context, its message actually feels very contemporary. 


The acting is excellent from the whole cast. Steven Waddington's Squire is a detestable, scummy, asshole, who you will absolutely loathe. Also, worthy of your hate is Sean Pertwee's John Moorcroft. As the film's witchfinder, I wanted so badly for someone to kick the shit out of him. Both main antagonists, as such are very well portrayed by their respective actors. But, this is, ultimately Charlotte Kirk's movie. She is a breathtaking beauty, whose flawless acting is one of the year's most heart wrenching performances, as well as one of its best protagonists.

The Reckoning is a powerful and exciting dramatic horror movie with some rousing moments of action. The climax, in particular, will have you the edge of your seat. The acting is superlative, giving life to detestable villains and great heroes. Still, it is Kirk's Grace that truly shines. She is my favorite hero in a 2021 release, so far. Some graphic gore and well handled torture scenes help add to the flick's intensity. In all, it is the best witchfinder movie since Stuart Gordon take on Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum. 






5/06/2021

George A. Romero's "Lost" Movie "The Amusement Park" Will Headline Shudder's Summer Slate!

GROUNDBREAKING DIRECTOR GEORGE A. ROMERO’S “LOST” FILM THE AMUSEMENT PARK TO HEADLINE SHUDDER’S SUMMER SLATE FEATURING TWELVE FILMS IN TWELVE WEEKS

 Shudder’s “Summer of Chills” Lineup To Also Include the Exclusive Films Caveat,

The Boy Behind the DoorVicious FunJakob’s WifeKandisha And More 

Streamer Releases Official Trailer for The Amusement ParkLINK

NEW YORK, NY – May 6, 2021  Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streamer for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today its “Summer of Chills” slate of twelve new original and exclusive films for June, July and August, including the anticipated debut of landmark horror director George A. Romero’s legendary “lost” film The Amusement Park on Tuesday, June 8. The robust summer lineup kicks off with Caveat, an eerie, slow-building, cat-and-mouse thriller, and continues with such marquee films as The Boy Behind the Door, Justin Powell and David Charbonier’s directorial debut; Jakob’s Wife, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton; and Kandisha, the long awaited new supernatural shocker from the French directing duo of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, who return to Shudder following the success of their film Among the Living; in addition to many others.

 

“Shudder's ‘Summer of Chills’ offers something for everyone with a fantastic line-up of new premieres every week, on top of the best library of curated streaming horror films anywhere,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager. “We’re especially excited to have the premiere of legendary director George A. Romero's lost film The Amusement Park, a must-see piece of cinema history, exclusively on Shudder.”

 

Shudder’s “Summer of Chills” full slate is included below (in chronological order):

 

Caveat – Premieres June 3 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Lone drifter Isaac accepts a job to look after his landlord's niece, Olga, for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga's uncle, Barrett leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. Directed by Damien Mc Carthy. Starring Jonathan French, Leila Sykes and Ben Caplan.


The Amusement Park – Premieres June 8 **A Shudder Exclusive Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker's early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.

Superdeep – Premieres June 17 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

The Kola Superdeep borehole is the largest Russian secret facility. In 1984, at the depth of more than 7 miles below the surface, unexplained sounds were recorded, resembling the screams and moans of numerous people. Since these events, the object has been closed. A small research team of scientists and military personnel go down below the surface to find the secret hidden these many decades. What they discover will pose the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Directed by Arseniy Sukhin. Starring Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Kirill Kovbas and Nikita Dyuvbanov.

An Unquiet Grave – Premieres June 24 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions. An Unquiet Grave is an exploration of grief, and the harm we cause when we don’t take responsibility for our own healing. Directed by Terrence Krey. Starring Jacon A. Ware and Christine Nyland who also co-wrote the film.

Vicious Fun – Premieres June 29 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Joel, a caustic 1980’s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim. Directed by Cody Calahan. Starring Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele, Mark Gibson,  Kristopher Brown and John Fray.

Son – Premieres July 8 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

After a mysterious group breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch and Luke David Blumm.

The Call – Premieres July 15 **A Shudder Exclusive Film

(Available on Shudder US and Shudder CA)

Four Friends. One Phone Call. 60 Seconds to Stay Alive. In the fall of 1987, a group of small-town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple after a tragic accident. Needing only to make a single phone call, the request seems ordinary until they realize that this call could change their life…or end it. This simple task quickly spirals into terror as their worst nightmares become reality. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. Starring Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise) and Tobin Bell (Saw franchise).

Kandisha – Premieres July 22 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree— and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi and Suzy Bemba.

The Boy Behind the Door – Premieres July 29 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying. Directed by Justin Powell and David Charbonier, who also directed this year’s The Djinn. Starring Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Micah Hauptman (Rust Creek).

Teddy – Premieres August 5 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months. As weeks go by, animal impulses soon start to overcome the young man. Directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma. Starring Anthony Bajon (The Prayer), Ludovic Torrent, Christine Gautier, Noémie Lvovsky, Guillaume Mattera, Jean-Paul Fabre, Alexis Orlandini, Gérard Pau and Jean-Michel Ricart.

Bleed With Me – Premieres August 10 **A Shudder Original Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Rowan, a vulnerable outsider, is thrilled when the seemingly perfect Emily invites her on a winter getaway to an isolated cabin in the woods. Trust soon turns to paranoia when Rowan wakes up with mysterious incisions on her arm. Haunted by dream-like visions, Rowan starts to suspect that her friend is drugging her and stealing her blood. She’s paralyzed by the fear of losing Emily, but she must fight back before she loses her mind. Bleed With Me is a psychological horror that juxtaposes tenderness and violence in an investigation of female intimacy and dangerous codependency. Directed by Amelia Moses. Starring Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty and Aris Tyros.

Jakob’s Wife – Premieres August 19 **A Shudder Exclusive Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with a stranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on her marriage and a heavy body count. Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor). Starring horror icons Barbara Crampton (You’re Next) and Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun), Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk)



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