Shudder Kicks Off 61 Days of Halloween!

The “most wonderful time of the year” for Shudder kicks off today with 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 favorite 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.

Highlights include:

SuperhostPremieres September 2

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

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

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

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).

SeancePremieres September 29

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

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

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

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 MediumPremieres October 14

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

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

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

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.

SHUDDER SPECIALS

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 3-4pm 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.**

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 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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