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It Came From Shudder: November Edition

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My friends have a running joke that I like movies that “don’t make sense”. Personally, I think I’m just really into surrealism and nonlinear timelines. So, with that in mind here are my picks for what to watch on Shudder for the month of November!

Broadcast Signal Intrusion
I’m interested in pirate radio, so this film really appealed to me. I think it’s an exciting take on TV signal hijacking, as it utilizes surrealism at points to emphasize the mysterious aspect of this phenomenon. The film starts when an archivist notices a strange broadcast. He starts looking into it and finds that the broadcasts may be connected to a conspiracy involving missing women. Broadcast Signal Intrusion was also partially inspired by Creepypasta, folktale-like stories shared and circulated on forums, and if you’re a fan of those, you’ll likely enjoy this movie.

Triangle
This movie is an absolute mind fuck. The characters get lost in a storm out at sea, and board an ocean liner to seek shelter and call for help. They soon realize that the ship is seemingly abandoned, with only them on board. As they explore the ship, it’s clear that something is off, and they believe a vicious killer is stalking them. Triangle has an interesting sci-fi angle that I don’t want to spoil, but I will say there are some chilling tableaus that I enjoyed in this movie.

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Perfect Blue
This one is another mind fuck. It follows a young pop idol turned actress as she is exploited by the fame industry. You can never be sure what is real as her experiences on set blur and are interspersed with her real life. I love the aesthetics of 90s anime, and Perfect Blue scratches that itch. It is a product of its time and does some unfortunate stuff with mental health, so take this recommendation with that caveat. Also, trigger warning for sexual assault.

Birth of the Living Dead
I’m a huge dork, so it’d be out of character for me not to recommend a documentary. I’d assume that most people reading this list have seen Night of the Living Dead (if not, do that first). It’s one of my overall favorites, and Birth of the Living Dead is a peak behind the curtain of this iconic movie and a look at George Romero’s career. This is an excellent pick if you want to learn a little about the film industry! It also puts the film in a historical context.

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My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To
This film is a drama that uses horror to investigate its characters. The setup is straightforward: Three siblings live together, and the two elders are killing people to harvest blood for their younger sibling who needs it to survive. All three characters are trapped in this situation and by their bonds to each other. The film is not very scary, but it made me think about the nature of humanity.

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!

Sebastian Ortega is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer. They’ve always been interested in horror, from making their father read Goosebumps to them before bed to now having memorized Max Brook’s The Zombie Survival Guide. They’re especially interested in looking at the representation of gender and sexuality in horror films. When they aren’t planning for the zombie apocalypse you can find them experimenting with new recipes, hanging out in local artist communities, and forcing their friends to listen to the latest Clipping album, Saw trap style. And despite popular belief, they are not several rats in a trench coat.

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It Came From Shudder: December Edition

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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There’s News Down in Newville: ‘The Mean One’ (Horror-Parody of ‘The Grinch’) Trailer Has Arrived

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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.

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Check out The Mean One in theaters on December 9th!

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