Yesterday, Shudder kicked off its “61 Days of Halloween” annual event, featuring a slate of weekly new movie premieres and original series debuts, a new Halloween special with Joe Bob Briggs (and more specials to be announced), horror film favorites added to the Shudder library from Brian De Palma’s Carrie to Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, a new edition of Shudder’s beloved “Ghoul Log,” a 24/7 streaming jack-o’-lantern, and the return of Shudder’s Halloween Hotline, where members can receive live, personalized movie recommendations from Shudder’s head curator Samuel Zimmerman.
“Shudder is the ultimate destination for horror all year long, but every Halloween, we try to outdo ourselves. Last year, we supersized the season, expanding our celebration to 61 days, and this year, we’re going even bigger by bringing Shudder members an unbeatable lineup of new original series and exclusive movie premieres every week, along with new specials and timeless horror favorites, starting September 1. Whatever you’re in the mood for this Halloween—old or new, creepy fun or truly terrifying—Shudder has you covered,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler.
Check out the key programming for Shudder’s “61 Days of Halloween” below, followed by the streamer’s September and October highlights.
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SHUDDER ORIGINAL & EXCLUSIVE FILMS
Superhost – Premieres September 2
In Superhost, travel vloggers Teddy (Osric Chau, Supernatural) and Claire (Sara Canning, Nancy Drew) share their experiences in and around vacation homes with their subscribers while maintaining a moderate level of internet fame. When their follower count starts to dwindle, they pivot to creating viral content around their most recent host, Rebecca (Gracie Gillam, Z Nation). With all eyes turned towards their “superhost,” Rebecca, they slowly start to realize something isn’t right and as they investigate further, they unlock a horrifying truth. Written and directed by Brandon Christensen (Z, Still/Born). Starring Chau, Canning, Gillam and Barbara Crampton (Jakob’s Wife).
Martyrs Lane – Premieres September 9
In this unsettling ghost story, Leah, 10, lives in a large, old house with her family but can’t quite work out why her mother seems so distant. At night she is visited by a mysterious guest, who might be able to give her some answers. With a new challenge every night, Leah is rewarded with bits of knowledge that, when pieced together, threaten to shine a dangerous light on both the truth in her nightmares and of the world she lives in. Directed by Ruth Platt (The Lesson). Starring Denise Gough (Colette, The Kid Who Would Be King), Steven Cree (Outlaw King, A Discovery of Witches), Kiera Thompson (His Name Was Gerry), and Sienna Sayer (Silent Night).
Seance – Premieres September 29
Camille Meadows is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened. Written and directed by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest). Starring Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Madisen Beaty (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ella-Rae Smith (Into the Badlands, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Inanna Sarkis (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, After Franchise), Seamus Patterson (Channel Zero), and Marina Stephenson-Kerr (Channel Zero).
V/H/S/94 – Premieres October 6
A Shudder Original Film, V/H/S/94 is the fourth installment in the hit horror anthology franchise and marks the return of the infamous found footage anthology with segments from franchise alumni Simon Barrett (Séance) and Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You Too) in addition to acclaimed directors Jennifer Reeder (Knives & Skin), Ryan Prows (Lowlife) and Chloe Okuno (Slut). In V/H/S/94, after the discovery of a mysterious VHS tape, a brutish police swat team launch a high-intensity raid on a remote warehouse, only to discover a sinister cult compound whose collection of pre-recorded material uncovers a nightmarish conspiracy.
The Medium – Premieres October 14
A documentary team follows Nim, a shaman based in Northern Thai, the Isan area, and encounters her niece Mink showing strange symptoms that seem to be of inheritance of shamanism. The team decides to follow Mink, hoping to capture the shaman lineage passing on to the next generation, but her bizarre behavior becomes more extreme. From director Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter) and producer Na Hong-jin (director of The Wailing). Winner Best Film, Bucheon International Film Festival 2021.
Horror Noire – Premieres Thursday, October 28
A new Shudder Original anthology film, Horror Noire is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2019 documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and features new work from both established and emerging talents, showcasing stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters. Anthology writers featured include Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle, Shernold Edwards, Al Letson, and Ezra C. Daniels. Cast featured include Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer, Spartacus), Luke James (The Chi, Thoughts of a Colored Man), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, A Black Lady Sketch Show), Brandon Mychal Smith (Four Weddings and a Funeral, You’re the Worst), Sean Patrick Thomas (Macbeth, The Curse of La Llorona), Peter Stormare (American Gods, Fargo,) Malcolm Barrett (Genius: Aretha Franklin, Timeless), and Rachel True (The Craft, Half & Half), among others.
SHUDDER ORIGINAL SERIES
Slasher: Flesh & Blood – New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday through September 16
Slasher: Flesh & Blood follows a wealthy, dysfunctional family lead by patriarch Spencer Galloway (David Cronenberg) that gathers for a reunion on a secluded island only to learn they’ll be pitted against one another in a cruel game of life and death, all while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer. Nothing is what it seems and no one is safe as the tension – and body count – ratchets up.
Creepshow Season 3 – Premieres September 23
Based on the 1982 horror-comedy classic, the anthology Creepshow returns for a third season and is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! From showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), 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. Guest stars include Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), James Remar (Dexter), Johnathon Schaech (Legends of Tomorrow), Reid Scott (Veep), Hannah Fierman (V/H/S), King Bach (When We First Met) and Ethan Embry (Empire Records).
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula Season 4 — Premieres October 19
The groundbreaking Shudder Original series follows ten drag artists from around the world competing for a $100,000 grand prize – the largest in show history. Season four will feature a spectacular lineup of guest judges including Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical film series), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Misha Osherovich (Freaky), Queer country music icon Orville Peck, pop metal star Poppy, Ray Santiago (Ash vs. The Evil Dead), Bob the Drag Queen (We’re Here), and more, with additional judges to be announced later. Dubbed one of “the 19 best LGBTQ+ shows everyone needs to watch” by Cosmopolitan, The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula is written and produced by the Boulet Brothers with Executive Producer David Sigurani and director Nathan Noyes.
Behind the Monsters — Premieres October 27
The new original docu-series Behind the Monsters takes a deep dive on cinematic horror icons, including Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Candyman, Chucky and Pinhead, and features interviews with horror experts and the writers, directors and actors from the original films that made each character the stuff of genre legends. Written and directed by Gabrielle Binkley and Anthony Uro and produced by Stage 3 Productions, Behind the Monsters is executive produced by Phil Nobile Jr., Kelly Ryan, and Mark Shostrom.
Joe Bob’s Halloween Hoedown — October 8 at 9pm ET on Shudder TV
In what has become an annual tradition, iconic horror host and foremost drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs returns with a special The Last Drive-In double feature just in time for Halloween, premiering live on the Shudder TV feed. You’ll have to tune in to find out what movies Joe Bob has selected, but you can count on something scary and perfect for the season, with special guests to be announced. (Also available on demand beginning October 10.)
“THE GHOUL LOG” – 2021 EDITION
The “Ghoul Log” is Halloween’s answer to the Christmas Yule Log: a 24/7 streaming jack-o’-lantern providing the perfect ambience for all your Halloween festivities. Fan favorites The Ghoul Log and Return of the Ghoul Log are back, along with a spooky new edition for 2021 premiering October 1.
SHUDDER’S HALLOWEEN HOTLINE
Every Friday in October from 3-4 pm ET, members are invited to call Samuel Zimmerman, Shudder’s head 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.
Fans can call Sam at 914-481-2239 during Hotline Hours. (No calls will go through outside those hours.)
**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.**
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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Shudder will highlight horror from Latinx creators in the US, Mexico, Central, and South America, including:
• Belzebuth (Mexico)
On the U.S. / Mexico border, special agent Emanuel Ritter leads a police investigation into a series of shocking deaths involving young children. When a priest from the Vatican links the ancient demon Belzebuth to the murders, a descent into horror ensues.
• Deadtectives (US/Mexico)
A team of hapless reality TV ghost hunters experience true paranormal activity for the first time while filming a make-or-break episode in the most haunted mansion in Mexico. Facing cancellation on the one hand and supernatural entities on the other, the team must figure out a way to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime, and escape with their lives intact.
• The Funeral Home (Argentina)
Bernardo is an undertaker. He and his dysfunctional family lives amongst coffins, wreaths and mischievous supernatural entities that visit daily. They attribute the paranormal manifestations to the dead bodies from their mortuary work. Finding the real source of all this madness will be their quest, but they might find a terrifying truth.
• Good Manners (Brazil)
Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary. Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon-to-be-born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans.
• La Llorona (Guatemala)
Accused of the genocide of Mayan people, retired general Enrique is trapped in his home by massive protests. Abandoned by his staff, the indignant old man and his family must face the devastating truth of his actions and the growing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes.
• Luz: The Flower of Evil (Colombia)
El Señor, the leader of a small cult in the mountains, returns one day to his village with a child who is purported to be the new messiah. But when only pain and destruction befall the community, El Señor finds himself under attack from his own followers, including his three daughters, whose burgeoning femininity has already caused them to question their faith. Equally mystical and terrifying, Luz: The Flower of Evil is a fantasy folk horror film where tranquility belies a simmering evil.
• Luciferina (Argentina)
Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. There, instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths, and for the nun herself, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
• The Nightshfiter (Brazil)
Stênio works the graveyard shift in the morgue of a vast, violent city. He toils all night, but he’s never alone, for Stênio can talk to the dead. And they talk back. But when the whispers of the dead reveal secrets of his own life, Stênio unleashes a curse that brings forth danger and darkness.
• Perfect (United States)
Garrett Wareing is an emotionally troubled young man. His mother sends him to a clinic, where modernist serenity whispers soothing promises of perfection. By planting plug and-play characteristics directly into his own body, he is relieved of his dark, twisted visions, but his body pays the price for purity of mind. Produced and scored by Flying Lotus and executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh.
• Terrified (Argentina)
On an ordinary suburban street in Buenos Aires, voices are heard from kitchen sinks. Bodies are
levitating. Evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague, and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of
this neighborhood nightmare.
• Tigers Are Not Afraid (Mexico)
A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars, the film follows a group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes, running from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents
• The Untamed (Mexico)
The unhappy Alejandra, her brother Fabian and the mysterious Veronica fall under a creature’s tentacled sexual spell. But while the monster can give intense pleasure, it can also inflict pain, something members of this twisted triangle may be too late to avoid.
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Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, Carrie is a high school loner with no confidence, no friends… and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis.
• Invasion of the Body Snatchers
One by one, the residents of San Francisco are becoming drone-like shadows their former selves.
A frightening journey into the unknown awaits when a mission to investigate Halley’s Comet discovers an even stranger phenomenon: an alien spacecraft.
• The Haunting (1963)
Hill House has a reputation for evil. The mysterious New England mansion has been the scene of
grisly murders. But when four people spend the night, they find themselves trapped by The Haunting.
• Poltergeist (1982)
At first, the spirits that invade the Freelings’ home seem like playful children. But then they turn angry.
• Grave Encounters
For their ghost-hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true.
• Grave Encounters 2
A film student who is obsessed with the movie Grave Encounters sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film.
Paranormal forces descend upon a junkie forced to go cold turkey in an isolated cabin — or do they?
• They Look Like People
A man starts receiving phone calls warning him that monstrous beings are coming.
• Jug Face
A pregnant teen discovers her neighbors plan to sacrifice her to an evil entity who lives in a pit on the edge of her backwoods community. Even though Ada knows that a sacrifice is required to keep the pit happy, Ada decides to escape. But the pit wants what it wants and when it doesn’t get it, there’s usually hell to pay.
• Dark Waters
When a young Englishwoman attempts to discover her mysterious connection to a remote island
convent, she will unlock an unholy communion of torment, blasphemy, and graphic demonic
• Ms. 45
Abel Ferrara’s 1981 grindhouse stars the late, great Zoë Lund as Thana, a mute seamstress who gets raped twice in one day. After Thana manages to kill (and dismember) her second attacker, she snaps and embarks on a killing spree aimed at lecherous, rapey men, which soon puts the whole city on edge.
Rural teen, Rosie, discovers the mysterious man who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide is back on-line trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved, she takes justice into her own hands.
A brother and sister stumble upon their father’s secret one year after his death. They soon learn that this secret may not be his alone.
• The Columnist
Columnist Femke Boot wants to shut her critics up – permanently. Hell hath no fury like someone insulted on social media.
A young DJ, enticed into a beautiful stranger’s home, is terrified to find himself unable to flee from the death rituals he must perform on the bound and shackled corpse of her father.
• The House of the Devil
A man lures a babysitter to a house with an unusually large sum of money.
• Hammer House of Horror
In this series, the legendary Hammer presents ghoulish mysteries, vengeance from beyond the grave and timeless tales of undying curses.
• The Devil’s Rain
A man tries to save his family from a Satanic cult ruled by an powerful preacher.
• Extraordinary Tales
An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe’s stories.
• 13 Cameras
A newlywed couple, move into a new house across the country, only to find out that their marital issues are the least of their problems. Unbeknownst to them, their grim and lascivious landlord has been spying on them from day one.
An evil clown returns from the dead to terrorize the teens who caused his death.
When Mike’s parents die, his world is turned upside down. But nothing can prepare him for the
shocking discovery that a mortician (the late, great Angus Scrimm) and his dwarf army have
stolen Mike’s parents’ bodies. Did we mention the flying spheres?
• Phantasm III
Reggie teams up with a boy and a young woman to rescue Mike from the Tall Man.
• Phantasm IV
Reggie, Mike, Jody, and The Tall Man are drawn to Death Valley for a final showdown.
• Phantasm Ravager
While searching for Mike, Reggie prepares himself for one final epic battle with The Tall Man
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• Escape From New York
In a bleak, alternate future, Manhattan Island has become the nation’s only maximum-security prison. When Air Force One crash lands in the prison, the government sends in a disposable hero,
Snake Plissken, an outlaw, and former war hero—to get him out.
• Motel Hell
A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the “special meat” they are famous for.
As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.
• Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum
The crew of a horror web series travels to an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast. It soon encounters much more than expected as it moves deeper inside the nightmarish old building.
• The Endless
As kids, they escaped a UFO death cult. Now, two adult brothers seek answers after an old videotape surfaces and brings them back to where they began.
• Night of the Demons (1988)
A group of kids go to a Halloween party, only to have to face down a group of demons.
In Kevin S. Tenney’s demonic debut, a woman (‘80s video vixen Tawny Kitaen) unknowingly makes contact with an evil spectre using a Ouija board, which results in a spiritual slaying spree. Now it’s up to Linda’s boyfriend and her ex to stop the evil entity before it possesses her and kills again.
• The Mutilator
In this sickening slice of ‘80s slasher fun, a homicidal hunter lures his estranged son to his beach house, then starts killing the poor kid’s friends with an array of deadly devices. It’s all part of a deranged vengeance aimed at Ed Jr., who accidentally killed his mother while attempting to clean his father’s gun collection as a child. As the night drags on, Big Ed uses steel hooks, axes and even an outboard motor to play the most dangerous game with the confused co-eds.
• Nosferatu, The Vampyre
Werner Herzog’s 1979 Nosferatu remake stars the ghoulish German actor Klaus Kinski, French siren Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz. Herzog, who was famous for creeping people out with intense documentaries and narrative films, took a surprising turn with this adaptation of both Dracula and F.W. Murnau’s original Nosferatu, which was an illegal adaptation of the novel itself.
• Nosferatu in Venice
Professor Paris Catalano visits Venice, to investigate the last known appearance of the famous vampire Nosferatu during the carnival of 1786.
Disgraced children’s puppeteer Philip returns to his childhood home of Fallmarsh, Norfolk, intent on destroying Possum, a hideous puppet he keeps hidden inside a brown leather bag. When his attempts fail, Philip is forced to confront his sinister stepfather Maurice in an effort to escape the dark horrors of his past.
• Wake Wood
A grieving couple are given the chance to resurrect their daughter in this Irish horror film starring Aidan Gillen of Game of Thrones fame. After Alice’s accidental death, her parents move to a
quaint village to make a fresh start. But when a local offers to perform a ceremony that will
temporarily bring their daughter back, they can’t resist. But when Alice returns, she isn’t quite
herself, of course.
A horror novelist moves into a freaky haunted house after his aunt kills herself. Roger Cobb needs a quiet place to write his Vietnam memoir and forget about his young son’s mysterious disappearance. But when ghosts and monsters intrude, Roger’s got to work up the courage to fight back – and make peace with the past.
• House II
Ghosts, a magic skull, and Amazon warriors are just a few elements of this super-fun sequel. Jesse moves into his family’s strange mansion, and, after a few drinks, decides to dig up his great grandfather’s corpse to see if a mythical skull is buried with him. Sure enough, Jesse finds the skull, but soon winds up on a time-traveling adventure with his undead gramps.
• The Autopsy Of Jane Doe
Coroners are mystified by an unidentified corpse, until a series of terrifying events make it clear: Jane Doe may not be dead.
A mysterious webcam site claims to offer visitors the chance to connect with the dead in Japanese horror god Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s heart-stopping film. A group of friends are rocked by another friend’s suicide, and his ghostly reappearance in computer video images. Is he trying to reach out from the afterlife, or is something more sinister afoot? When they find a mysterious disk in the dead man’s apartment it launches a program that seems to present odd, ethereal broadcasts of people in their apartments. But there’s something strange about these transmissions…
• Children of the Corn (1984)
A couple must escape from a town of evil kids in this Stephen King short-story adaptation that spawned seven sequels. Burt and Vicky are traveling through Nebraska until an accident leads them to a town where twisted tykes obey a kiddie preacher who demands all adults must be sacrificed to an evil entity who lives in the cornfield.
• Blood and Black Lace
When young model, Isabella, is murdered by a masked killer, the employees of a chic Italian
fashion house find themselves the next targets of the mysterious assailant. A missing diary, a torrid
affair, deception and backstabbing are all potential motives for the fashion house slayings.
• The Addiction
A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.
• Just Before Dawn
Five young people venture into the backwoods of Oregon to claim a property, and find themselves being stalked by a hulking, machete-wielding psychopath.
Adventure-seeker Mitzi invites fellow doctor and three other physician friends to go on their annual camping trip in the middle of the unexplored Canadian mountains. The five of them thought that they were alone in the middle of nowhere on their ritual camping trip, but this time someone was watching them. A crazed psychopath wants to play a psychological game of survival with the five campers and it soon becomes a horrifying game of kill or be killed