Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, announced today its line-up of new and exclusive films and original series premiering this August. The month kicks off with Teddy, a disturbing trip to rural France where a young man is overcome by animal urges, and continues with exciting and acclaimed new titles including the legendary David Cronenberg in the Shudder Original event series Slasher: Flesh & Blood; Bleed With Me, a psychological horror exploring intimacy and codependency; Jakob’s Wife, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton; and award-winning thriller Mosquito State.
SHUDDER’S FULL LINE-UP OF AUGUST PREMIERES IS INCLUDED BELOW
(IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER):
TEDDY – Premieres August 5 **A Shudder Original Film
Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor in a rural French town. 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), nine-time César Award nominee Noémie Lvovsky (Camille Rewinds), Ludovic Torrent, Christine Gautier, Guillaume Mattera, Jean-Paul Fabre, Alexis Orlandini, Gérard Pau and Jean-Michel Ricart.
BLEED WITH ME – Premieres August 10 **A Shudder Original Film
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.
SLASHER: FLESH & BLOOD – Episodes 1 & 2 Premiere August 12 with a new episode premiering every Thursday **A Shudder Original Series
Starring horror legend David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome), Slasher: Flesh & Blood follows a wealthy, dysfunctional family 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. As with past installments of the series, Slasher: Flesh & Blood combines elements of traditional murder mystery with the intense horror and bold kills that audiences have come to expect. The eight-episode event series also features cast members from previous installments of the Slasher franchise in brand new roles, including Paula Brancati (Dark Oracle) Jefferson Brown (Carrie), Patrice Goodman (Sunnyside), Sabrina Grdevich (A.I. Artificial Intelligence) and Christopher Jacot (Going the Distance). New to the franchise are Rachael Crawford (Heartland), Jeananne Goosen (The Walking Dead), Sydney Meyer (Departure) and Alex Ozerov (The Americans).
JAKOB’S WIFE – Premieres August 19 **A Shudder Exclusive Film
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), Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die), Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, Bonnie Aarons and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).
MOSQUITO STATE – Premieres August 26 **A Shudder Exclusive Film
In psycho-thriller Mosquito State, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Beau Knapp) is isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park and seeing ominous patterns: his computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown. Alongside Knapp (The Good Lord Bird, Seven Seconds), the film stars Charlotte Vega (Wrong Turn, American Assassin), Jack Kesy (The Outpost, Deadpool 2) and Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, Before Night Falls). Directed by Filip Jan Rymsza and co-written by Rymsza and Mario Zermeno, Mosquito State was an official selection of the Venice Film Festival in 2020 where it was awarded the Bisato d’Oro for Best Cinematography.
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THE AMUSEMENT PARK **A Shudder Exclusive Film
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 that would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4K by IndieCollect in New York City.
CAVEAT **A Shudder Original Film
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 McCarthy. Starring Jonathan French, Leila Sykes and Ben Caplan.
CREEPSHOW, SEASON 2 **A Shudder Original Series
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.
THE POWER ** A Shudder Exclusive Film
London, 1974. As Britain prepares for electrical blackouts to sweep across the country, trainee nurse Val (British actress 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.
PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN **A Shudder Exclusive Film
In PG: Psycho Goreman, young siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy. Written and directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void, The Divide, Father’s Day), PG: Psycho Goreman stars Nita-Josee Hanna (Books of Blood, 4teen), Owen Myre (NOS4A2, Alternate Ground), Adam Brooks (The Return, Father’s Day), Alexis Hancey (Silver Tongue) and Matthew Ninaber (Transference).
SON **A Shudder Original Film
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. Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh (The Canal, Never Grow Old), Sonstars Andi Matichak(Halloween franchise, Assimilate), Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and Luke David Blumm (The King of Staten Island).
VICIOUS FUN **A Shudder Original Film
Joel, a caustic 1980s 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 Bowman and John Fray.