Fun, frightening, and emotionally fraught films waiting to be seen lurk in this month’s Shudder round-up.
We couldn’t have Vamp-tober without the best vampire film on Shudder to kick things off. What’s not to like when you’ve got gory violence that calls to mind 30 Days of Night, coarse dialogue coming from even coarser characters straight out of a Rob Zombie film, and trippy visuals reminiscent of Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy? And all in a tight 80-minute package!
Bliss delivers on a drug-fueled blood binge as a pretentious starving artist grows thirsty for recognition and carnage following the mother of all MDMA benders. Be prepared for frenetic & nightmarish editing, vibrant coloring and lighting, dissonant soundscapes, and a brutal drag-down, knockout ending that sinks in like a vampire’s fangs.
Are you a disappointed Latino who sees how Hollywood has failed one of the scariest myths of all time over and over? Are you tired of studios pumping out low-quality schlock with no gravity or thought? Looking for a high-caliber movie to give the weeping woman her due? Shudder has you covered with one of its best exclusives.
With roots in the real-life decades long Guatemalan genocide of its native Maya peoples, La Llorona is a slow burn of a film about superstitions, vengeance, regret, and the haunting legacy of evil. It is beautifully shot, with symbolically heavy visuals and an excellent script that will leave you crestfallen.
I discovered this little number amid an eldritch aberration phase I was having in 2017, when I had a hankering for shambling abominations breaching from an inky…well, void. Since then, I’ve watched it every year around the beginning of Autumn as a Halloween-kick-off film.
In The Void, gruesome practical effects reign supreme alongside a compelling cast; you’ll fear for the leads as they’re preyed upon by a mysterious hooded cult attempting to storm the hospital they’re trapped in. It is by far the best cosmic horror film out there, no contest, and I hope it stays on Shudder indefinitely.
Okay, this list is feeling a bit too classy. How about Herbert West, Re-Animator by way of sleazy 1980s New York?
Frankenhooker is pretty much exactly what you’d think it is: incredibly goofy & incredibly fun. Therapeutic self-trepanation, bad Jersey accents, gratuitous everything, death by automatic lawnmowers, drugs that make you explode, and of course, a sex-worker Frankenstein make this z-movie’s sometimes iffy pacing worth it. By far the weirdest of Frank Hennenlotter’s creations, with an ending that trumps all his others.
BOULET BROTHER’S DRAGULA SEASON 1 & BOULET BROTHER’S DRAGULA: TITANS
What a way we’ve come on this path of filth, horror, and glamour. And now that it’s going to be on Shudder proper, you can refresh yourself in time for The Boulet Brother’s Dragula: Titans with a walk down memory lane since Season 1 comes to Shudder on the 11th.
Return to the likes of Vander Von Odd, Frankie Doom, & Meatball; revisit the out there challenges of 80’s wrestler women in mud pits, zombie makeup in scorching desert weather, & sea monster photoshoots in freezing water; revel in the first of many rivalries with these queens reading each other to filth! And once you’re done there, tune into Titans on October 25th to see how far the Boulet Brother’s one-of-a-kind programming has come!
THE “ALL HAIL ARGENTO” COLLECTION
And finally, my cheat entry. It counts as one if they’re all grouped together!
Do you know the feeling of struggling to pick which movies you want to do in a marathon? I’ve never felt it as hard as determining which of Dario Argento’s masterpiece films to highlight for this month, so try it all! The already hefty collection on Shudder is also being expanded with his newest work, Dark Glasses, which premieres October 13th.
For a weird double feature, try Phenomena & Demons 2, some exceptionally bizarre supernatural films with great cinematography. For a more strait-laced Giallo, pair the highly regarded Deep Red with the criminally underrated Tenebrae.
Regardless of your pick, have fun, and stay tuned for more fresh Horror Press recommendations!
As always, all these movies can be found on Shudder, so make sure to check them out!
It Came From Shudder: December Edition
It’s the first Friday of December! You know what that means, it’s time to share a small selection of movies that we’ve watched, or are looking forward to watching on Shudder. Look, we get it, Shudder serves up tons of content and it’s constantly adding new stuff to its catalog. So we’re here to help you with a handful of recommendations.
What to watch on Shudder this Month
A Wounded Fawn
This trailer caught my eye from the start. From what I gather, it’s about a woman who goes on a weekend getaway with a man she’s been seeing who happens to be a serial killer. Starring Sarah Lind and Josh Ruben, this movie looks very suspenseful… and weird? I can’t wait to watch this and get to the bottom of all the weird visuals sprinkled into the trailer.
Christmas Bloody Christmas
Directed by Joe Begos, this movie takes place on Christmas Eve and pits a record store owner against a violent homicidal robot Santa Claus. Yes, I know how that sounds, and yes, I’m sure it’s going to be awesome. The trailer looks so colorful, and it immediately transported me to my second most favorite time of the year, Christmas. Robo-Santa Plus looks brutal and over the top, two things I love in my horror. Christmas Bloody Christmas is available to stream on Shudder starting December 9th.
Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge
If you’re a fan of horror anthologies like we, then you’re going to love Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge. The highly anticipated sequel to fan favorite Scare Package follows Rad Chad’s funeral, where attendees must survive death traps based on Chad’s favorite movies.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Shudder outdid themselves this time. Bringing us not just A Nightmare on Elm Street, but the entire collection! Do yourself a favor and rewatch these movies immediately, because I can guarantee you it’s been too long since the last time you did. As a bonus make sure to give Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street a watch. Seeing Nightmare on Elm Street 2 actor Mark Patton’s perspective and experience as a gay actor makes for some of the most touching, compelling TV in recent memory.
Joe Bob’s Goultide Get-Together
Live streaming Friday, December 16th at 9 PM Eastern on Shudder TV. This holiday-themed episode will surely be filled with fun facts, awesome interviews, and a double feature that will have us all tweeting in excitement. As of now, we have no idea which movies will play and that’s half the fun! The other half? Guessing Darcy’s cosplays for the night. If you have never participated in a Joe Bob live stream, make sure you tune in on time and have Twitter ready to engage! It’s a good time. If you happen to miss the live stream, no worries! The episode will be available to stream later on in the weekend.
Next time you’re looking for something to watch on Shudder, make sure to stream these titles!
There’s News Down in Newville: ‘The Mean One’ (Horror-Parody of ‘The Grinch’) Trailer Has Arrived
As the release of The Grinch horror parody draws near, The Mean One trailer is finally here!
David Howard Thornton, who has recently skyrocketed in popularity due to his fantastic performance as Art the Clown in the Terrifier films, plays the titular “Mean One.” Given his previous success with making a monster that can be as entertaining as terrifying, he is a perfect match for the role of the antagonist in this Christmas horror comedy.
Directed by Steven Lamorte, the film follows a grown-up Cindy You-Know-Who (Krystle Martin) who witnessed her mother be murdered by the Christmas-hating green monster years prior. As the trailer shows Cindy arming herself with weapons, Krystle Martin’s character promises to make for a badass female lead.
One marked difference between this film and its source material is that it gives us a monster amongst humans rather than a creature amongst other creatures. Judging by the trailer, that will be far from the only difference offered by the horror parody of the Dr. Seuss Christmas favorite.
He may not stop Christmas from coming, but he will make it his own.
Check out The Mean One in theaters on December 9th!