Shudder — who didn’t put us up to this — is a great deal for horror movies fans. Instead of searching through Netflix and wondering why you keep seeing the same old, same old, this service offers tons of movies, including several that aren’t even available on DVD in the U.S.
Here’s our deep dive into what’s on this month!
Creepshow Season 3: Honestly, I’ve found this return to be underwhelming at best, but I’m willing to give it another chance. Much like the CBS streaming revival of The Twilight Zone, all every episode has done, so far, is given me a reason to go back to the original. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula: If you’re like me, you’re getting tired of modern zombie films. That said, Train to Busan stands out in a crowded genre and from the looks of this trailer, this looks to be an action-packed reinvigoration of a moribund type of film. Looking forward to watching this!
The Haunting of Julia: Speaking of movies that are hard to find, this film has popped in and out of Shudder’s library. Consider it another round of Mia Farrow versus the supernatural. This is also known as Full Circle. To read more, click the movie link, as we watched this a few years back from a convention bootleg.
Night of the Lepus: There aren’t all that many Easter-ready horror films. There is this movie, based on the even-better titled book The Year of the Angry Rabbit.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: A giant middle finger to expectations, Chainsaw 2 lives in rarified slasher air, a movie that rewards fans of the original while subverting what they want the film to be. Tobe Hooper, unlike everyone in the world, thought the original was a comedy too. An absolute favorite, buoyed by Tom Savini at his most creative.
Val Lewton collection: We love Lewton around here — just check out this piece on the documentary of his life — and the fact that Shudder is dropping some of the best-regarded films by this producer (but more really showrunner and creative force) is one of the best reasons to pay your membership fee this month. They’re showing The Body Snatcher, Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie, Isle of the Dead, The Leopard Man and The Seventh Victim.
While these are all wonderful films, Curse is a movie that — with a different title — should be regarded as an all-time classic film. That’s right, not just a great genre movie. And The Seventh Victim is on the list of The Church of Satan’s Satanic film list with good reason. It’s a dark, tense and death-obsessed piece of occult noir that more people need to see.
Don’t Panic: Chances are, if you’ve talked to me about movies in-person or online for more than 5 minutes, I’ve brought up this blast of insanity. I’m thrilled that Shudder is putting it on their service and can’t wait until it melts brains. Grab your dinosaur pajamas and get ready. You can also get this from Vinegar Syndrome.
The Drone: Well, just from the imdb write-up — “A newlywed couple is terrorized by a consumer drone that has become sentient with the consciousness of a deranged serial killer.” — I’m into this.
The Fog: Another classic film that should be in your library and, if it isn’t, Shudder has you covered. John Carpenter followed up Halloween with this ghost story that’s full of shocks and Jamie Lee hooking up with Tom Atkins.
Lake Mungo:When a girl drowns, the supernatural takes over a small town.
Zombie for Sale: A pharmaceutical company’s illegal experiments inadvertently create a zombie that a family attempts to make money from in this South Korean film.
The Dentist: This film was one of the brightest spots in this year’s October Slasher Month, with Corbin Bernsen going unhinged and ruining going to get your teeth fixed for years to come. Shudder is also streaming the sequel, which has the best title for a dental damaging flick: The Dentist 2: Brace Yourself.
The Power: Not the 80’s Aztec doll movie but a UK horror film — there are plenty debuting this month — this Shudder exclusive is about a young nurse forced to work the night shift in a crumbling hospital that has a dark prescence in its walls.
Day of the Beast and Perdita Durango: Álex de la Iglesia is a madman and these two films are the best examples of why I say that. The first is a heavy metal odyssey into the end of all things while the second is an occult ritual crime mindtwister. They’re both great and you can get Day and Perdita from Severin to own, too.
The McPhearson Tape: AGFA and Bleeding Skull released this $6,000 budget found footage alien abduction film, made a decade before The Blair Witch and one that also convinced many that it was true.
The Banishing: The story of the most haunted house in England, The Banishing has been said to be a mannered and slow-building tale of a religious man and his family moving in to a house of horrors. I can’t wait to check it out!
Joe Bob is back!: That’s right, The Last Drive-In is back for another season. Here’s hoping for more movies that push buttons and Joe Bob being, well, Joe Bob and Darcy having to deal with it.
The Chainsaw Awards: Shudder is airing Fangoria’s Chainsaw Awards, which is a perfect blend of two horror culture forces.
The Conspiracy: Christopher McBride, who wrote and directed 2020s Flashback, created this mockumentary about filmmakers discovering more truth than they wanted to when it comes to an ancient and dangerous secret society.
Housebound: When a young woman is forced to return to her childhood home as part of house arrest, she feels like something evil is there. I’ve been waiting to watch this movie and it being on Shudder gives me the perfect chance to do exactly that.
Mother’s Day: Probably the only thing Lloyd Kaufman has ever touched that I like, this slasher in the woods movie is delciously and perfectly off. If you haven’t seen it, share it with your mom on May 9!
The Stepfather: Another slasher with a family theme, this 1987 film Terry O’Quinn starring film somehow made it to two sequels and a remake. Go for this one, the most pure distillation of white suburban dad rage.
Thale: Two men find Thale, a beautiful young woman who communciates only by singing, in the woods. They seek to protect her, which won’t be easy.
Boys from County Hell: A Shudder exclusive, this is the story of a crew of hardy road workers who accidentally awaken an ancient Irish vampire.
In Search of Darkness Part II: If you didn’t participate in the crowd funding for this talking head horror doc all about 80’s movies, you can catch it this month on Shudder.
Attack of the Demons: Can an animated movie work as a horror film? We thought so. It’s pretty exciting that Shudder has picked this up, another challenging film that we’re excited to see reactions to.
The Diabolical: This imdb description sounds good, because we love The Entity and this sounds like a modern version: “A single mother, and her children, are awoken nightly by an intense presence. She asks her scientist boyfriend to destroy the violent spirit, that paranormal experts are too frightened to take on.”
The Similars: Isaac Ezban takes a moment in Mexican history, adds some Twilight Zone and emerges with a completely out there story about a bus station where everybody becomes the exact same person.
Deadhouse Dark: A Shudder exclusive, this is a six-episode series about a woman who receives a mystery box filled with secrets from the dark web.
April looks to be an exciting month from Shudder. Did this guide help you? Should we keep doing these? What are you watching on Shudder? Let us know!
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