What’s on Shudder: March 2022

March has a really varied line-up if you subscribe to Shudder. And if you don’t, what’s wrong with you? Plans start at under $5 a month and you can get the first week free when you visit Shudder.

Here’s what’s playing this month:

March 1

The Town That Dreaded Sundown: Sure, there are so many bad remakes and remixes of horror favorites, but this 2014 version of the original delivers and is even more focused than the first movie.

Shudder’s Modern French Horror Collection: Get into the new extremity of French horror with Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Livid (previously unavailable to stream in the US) and Inside; Alexandre Aja’s High Tension, Claire Denis’ Bastards and Trouble Every Day, Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Evolution, Xavier Gens’ Frontier(s) and Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs. Shudder also has the following French horror already up for streaming: Adoration, The Advent Calendar, Among the Living, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Islands, Kandisha, Knife + Heart, Sheitan, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, Let the Corpses Tan, Teddy, Terror Sisters, Them (ils) and Zombi Child.

Plus, Darkman, Darkman II: The Return of the Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die debut on Shudder, as well as the fun slasher/giallo/drag blast of craziness Death Drop Gorgeous.

March 3

Shudder original The Scary of Sixty-First debuts.

March 7

The NightmareMemory: The Origins of AlienDarling and Corporate Animals all start on this date.

March 10

Shudder original The Seed debuts.

March 14

TriangleDario Argento’s TraumaHome With a View of a MonsterHounds of Love and Tragedy Girls premiere on this day.

March 17

The Bunker Game, a post-apocalyptic LARP slasher movie, starts today. It’s also a Shudder original.

March 21

SiegeAwait Further Instructions and the George Romero documentary Birth of the Living Dead start on this day.

March 24

The Spine of Night has the voices of Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Holly Gabriel and Joe Manganiello. An animated heavy metal film, I’ve been waiting to see this for a while.

March 28

Blood ConsciousMinor Premise and Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive all debut. Definitely watch the Hooper film if you haven’t before.

March 29

Etheria Season 4 has eight new stories by female talent.

March 31

Night’s End is a Shudder original about a new home and the exorcism that goes wrong to cleanse it.

What are you excited about on Shudder this month?

WHAT’S ON ARROW PLAYER IN MARCH 2022?

ARROW PLAYER always has so much to watch and in March, well, they have more than ever. Head over to ARROW to start your 30-day free trial. Subscriptions are available for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

Click on any of the links to see our article on each movie.

March 1

Hey, didn’t we just finis Jess Franco month? Well, ARROW PLAYER has Nightmares Come At Night: The Jess Franco Collection, which includes DemoniacDr. Orloff’s Monster, Female VampireNightmares Come at NightOasis of the ZombiesThe Awful Dr. OrloffThe Sadistic Baron KlausA Virgin Among the Living Dead and Eugenie De Sade.

Plus, you can also check out White ZombieCrimsonBlack Magic Rites and Chained for Life.

March 7

The second week of March has some of my favorite odd slashers, like Blood Beat and Deadline, which I highly recommend. Plus there’s Hollywood Horror HouseBloody SectNight OwlThe Corruption of Chris MillerZombie 5: Killing Birds and Star Time.

March 11

Knocking is a movie we saw at Fantastic Fest that is definitely worth your time.

March 14

Master of Darkness: The Fritz Lang Collection debuts on on this day and has Metropolis and Dr. Mabuse the Gambler. Plus, you can check out the Shaw Brothers Come Drink With Me (Arrow is also releasing this on blu ray during March) and To Sleep So As to Dream.

March 18

We loved the Lies & Deceit: The Films of Claude Chabrol box set and these movies will be playing on Arrow this month, including Cop Au Vin, Inspector Lavardin, Madame Bovary,  Betty and Torment.

March 21

Dead Silent will release several silent — but still incredible — movies, including FaustThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Golem.

What are you most excited for this month?

Check out the trailer for French action movie Home-Sitters

Thanks to our friends at October Coast, check out the trailer for no-holds-barred French actioner Home-Sitters, which has been released in North America on Amazon and other digital platforms.

Starring Chloé Guillot and directed by Chris Rakotomamonjy, Home-Sitters is about a young woman hired as a house-sitter for a mansion in the middle of huge gardens. This assignment looks like a dream job until mercenaries try to break in to get a mysterious object in the house.

Featuring choreography from veteran fight choreographer Jorge Lorca (The Cursed, From Paris With Love), Home-Sitters is brimming with brutal fight sequences and explosive action.

Get issue 23 of Drive-In Asylum now!

Drive-In Asylum #23 is here, and we’ve got another stellar issue for you to dig into! You can get it at the Etsy shop right now.

First off, we’ve got two fantastic interviews; the first is with Pat Cardi, who starred in the 1973 independent regional production Horror High, which many of us saw on TV in the 70s & 80s as Twisted Brain. Pat talks to us about his career in acting, working with genre luminary William Castle, his experiences as a child actor, and of course making the low budget thriller Horror High with director Larry Stouffer, co-stars Austin Stoker and Rosie Holotik, and a few Dallas Cowboys, too.

We’ve also got an interview with Kristine DeBell in this issue, too – yes, A.L. from Meatballs herself! In addition to that 1979 film, Kristine has worked with such names as Nick Castle (TAG: The Assassination Game), Jackie Chain (The Big Brawl), Paul Mazursky (Willie & Phil) and many others. She talks to us about her experiences in genre cinema, as well as her return to acting after a 22 year hiatus.

Plenty of other great features in this issue too, including personal recollections of attending exploitation screenings in grindhouses and lots of reviews, too!

In this issue, I contributed a painting of Dr. Phibes to go with a great article about those films and something about the Nightmare Theater syndication package.

This issue has 60 black and white pages, some pages printed on colored paper, 5.5 x 8.5 inches in size.

ARROW BLU RAY RELEASE: Lies And Deceit: Five Films By Claude Chabrol

With his contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut and Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol was a critic for Cahiers du cinéma before becoming the first of them to make a movie. As a member of the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) group of filmmakers, he claimed to be “seized by the demon of cinema,” which led to him writing about film and championing directors. But now, he was making his own art, starting with the Hitchcock-influenced Le Beau Serge.

Known for his thrillers — a genre that had obsessed him since he was a teen — and particularly adored Hitchcock, writing a book with Rohmer on his work. On the set of To Catch a Thief, Chabrol and Truffaut got the opportunity to speak with the director and were so starstruck that they walked right into a water tank, leading Hitchcock to say that even when the two were a success, he always saw them as “ice cubes in a glass of whiskey.”

The most prolific of the New Wave directors, Chabrol averaged almost a film a year. Unlike them, his early films may have been experimental, but he moved on to making mainstream movies, although they still come from his personal vision. Beyond Hitchcock, he claimed that Murnau, Ernst Lubitsch and Fritz Lang were his other influences.

Arrow Video’s Lies And Deceit: Five Films By Claude Chabrol collected five high definitions (1080p) blu ray versions of his movies, along with new 4K restorations of Madame Bovary, Betty and Torment.  Each movie has an introduction by film scholar Joël Magny and select scene commentaries by Chabrol. Additionally, there’s an 80-page collector’s booklet of new writing by film critics Martyn Conterio, Kat Ellinger, Philip Kemp and Sam Wigley, trailers and image galleries for each movie and limited edition packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella.

From Cop Au Vin and Inspector Lavardin to Madame Bovary, Betty and Torment, this set has given me an incredible glimpse into the director and opened my mind up to seeing more of his films. Which is great, because Arrow plans on releasing Twisting the Knife in April, a second set that includes The SwindleThe Color of LiesNightcap and The Flower of Evil.

You can order this set from MVD.

NEW KINOCULT MOVIES FOR FEBRUARY

Kino Cult is a new free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films packed with some great movies. These new movies join a growing list of hundreds of new and rare theatrically released cult hits, all presented in beautiful high definition. Additionally, Kino Cult offers an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month.

Here’s what’s new:

The Bronze Buckaroo (director Richard C. Kahn)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/bronze-buckaroo

In this delightful Western/musical/comedy, cowboy Bob Blake (singer Herbert Jeffries) and four friends ride to Arizona to help Betty Jackson (Artie Young) solve the mystery of her missing brother (Rollie Hardin). Costarring African American cinema pioneer Spencer Williams at Pete.

The Flying Ace (director Richard E. Norman)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/flying-ace

A rural crime drama revolving around a pair of rival aviators, The Flying Ace illuminates the fact that many films made for African American audiences were less concerned with race than with making popular entertainment in the traditional Hollywood style, offering matinee audiences the chance to see African Americans in heroic and romantic roles. Filmed in the Arlington area of Jacksonville, Florida, The Flying Ace is a unique aviation melodrama in that no airplanes actually leave the ground (the spectacular flight scenes are performed on terra firma, in front of neutral backdrops). A veteran World War I fighter pilot returns home a war hero and immediately regains his former job as a railroad company detective. His first case: recover a stolen satchel filled with $25,000 of company payroll, locate a missing employee, and capture a gang of railroad thieves.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (director Robert Wiene)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/cabinet-dr-caligari

In 1920, one brilliant movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community.

The Iron Rose (director Jean Rollin)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/iron-rose

The Iron Rose is a haunting experience – a macabre tone poem about youth and age, love and nihilism, nostalgia and superstition, and, above all, life and death. Francoise Pascal (There’s a Girl in My Soup) and Hugues Quester (Three Colors: Blue) go on a metaphysical, Orpheus-like journey inside an ancient, all-but-abandoned graveyard but, as night falls, they cannot find their way out. As Quester’s nihilism crumbles to impatience and terror, Pascal transfers her disappointed passion for him to the cemetery itself and becomes jubilantly (and dangerously) attuned to its dead. If Orson Welles was correct when he estimated that a film could only be considered good to the extent it represented the artist who made it, The Iron Rose is Jean Rollin’s first authentic masterpiece.

The Comeback (director Pete Walker)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/comeback

Pop star Jack Jones (best remembered for the theme from The Love Boat) plays a singer who is haunted by the death of his estranged wife, and led into a confrontation with the killer, in The Comeback. A sleek and entertaining slasher film from director Pete Walker, it is a bloody illustration of the costs of fame. While recording an album he hopes will vault him back up the charts, singer Nick Cooper (Jones) begins suffering from hallucinations, pushing him to the brink of a nervous breakdown. When those close to him start dying in brutal murders, his connection to reality frays even more, until he himself is staring death in the face. Rounding out the cast are cult movie and TV favorites David Doyle (Charlie’s Angels), Pamela Stephenson (Superman III, Saturday Night Live) and Holly Palance (The Omen).

Horsehead (director Romain Basset)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/horsehead

Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, Horsehead is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava, while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond’s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions. Horsehead is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares.

Oasis of the Zombies (director Jess Franco)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/oasis-zombies

Once established as a master of the Euro-erotic horror film, Jess Franco continued to explore more traditional modes of filmmaking, setting familiar genres on their ears with his singular brand of reckless creativity. Made during the living dead craze of the early 1980s, Oasis of the Zombies is one of only a handful of motion pictures to explore a most peculiar subgenre of the movement: the Nazi zombie film. In telling the story of a cache of German gold — lost in the desert, sought by a group of teenagers, protected by the walking dead — Franco demonstrated his characteristic lack of restraint, shamelessly inserting stock footage from a bigger-budget war picture, allowing his camera to dwell on the worm-eaten orifices of the shriveled undead and, of course, lacing the action with his trademark style of lyrical eroticism. The resulting film is a decadent exercise in grindhouse filmmaking that is more audacious than frightening, illuminating one of the more peculiar facets of Jess Franco’s uniquely warped cinema.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection recap

The Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is a great set. But you know us — we love Mill Creek. To learn more info on this one, check out their here or order it from Deep Discount.

This collection of 1970s Columbia movies is definitely worth the price, as is their Through the Decades: 1960s Collection.  Click on any of the titles of these films to see our full review:

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) – A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

A Walk in The Spring Rain (1970) – The Merediths move to an isolated farm. Mrs. Meredith and the neighbor Will Cade become friends and anticipate becoming lovers.

$ (Dollars) (1970) – A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.

The Anderson Tapes (1971) – After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Brother John (1971) – A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

The Horsemen (1971) – Drama depicting rural life in contemporary Afghanistan and the Afghani people’s love for an ancient traditional sport similar to horseback polo.

Gumshoe (1971) – Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.

The Last Detail (1973) – Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

The Stone Killer (1973) – A top New York detective is sent to Los Angeles where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

For Pete’s Sake (1974) – A housewife tries to finance her cab-driving husband’s education.

Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) – When an upwardly mobile couple finds themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1960s Collection recap

Over the last few days, we’ve been checking out Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1960s Collection: As you know, Mill Creek collections are where it’s at. You can see some info on this set on their site here or order it from Deep Discount.

This collection of 1960s Columbia movies is pretty fun. You can click on any of the titles of these films to see our full review:

Who Was That Lady? (1960) – Ill-advised by a pal, a chemistry professor falsely claims he is an undercover FBI agent in order to cover-up his marital infidelity but his lie, although swallowed by his wife, gets him in trouble with the real FBI, the CIA and the KGB.

The Notorious Landlady (1962) – An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) – A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiancé and give him a chance.

Good Neighbor Sam (1964) – To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.

Lilith (1964) – A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but eccentric, Lilith.

Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) – In Texas, a woman and her young daughter head down to another town where the girl’s irresponsible, hotheaded and immature father has just been released from prison on parole.

Genghis Khan (1965) – During the thirteenth century, the shy Mongol boy Temujin becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan, who unites all Mongol tribes and conquers most of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Mickey One (1965) – After the mob tries to kill him for an unknown reason, a comedian steals the identity of a homeless man and goes on the run.

The Chase (1966) – The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Luv (1967) – About to nervously jump off a bridge, scrawny Harry Berlin is a barely functional human being. Just as he attempts to leap off the bridge, he is distracted by Milt Manville, an old friend from fifteen years ago.

How To Save A Marriage (And Ruin Your Life) (1968) – When a carefree bachelor tries to get his best friend to drop his mistress and return to his wife, he finds himself with romantic problems as well.

Hook, Line & Sinker (1968) – A man is told by his doctor, and best friend, that he has a terminal illness. At his wife’s urging, he lives life to the fullest, racking up insurmountable debts. When the damage is done, his friend the doctor tells him that he’s not dying.

What’s on Shudder: February 2022

February isn’t the longest month, but Shudder is bringing maybe one of their best lineups ever. Check it out!

February 1

Tales from the Hood and Tales from the Hood 2: Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott created one of the best horror anthologies ever and have followed it up with several sequels. While the second one is a mixed bag, the first one is unstoppable brilliance.

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Night and Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood: Speaking of one film being way better than the other, Demon Night is a great blast of 90s horror. Bordello? Yeah, not so much.

The Boris Karloff Collection: Now this is why we pay for Shudder! All month long, check out the new documentary Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster, The Black Cat, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, The Mummy, Son of Frankenstein, The Old Dark House and Black Sabbath.

Cherry Falls: In the wake of the 90 slasher comeback, this movie has always felt forgotten. It’s exciting to see that it’s going to be on Shudder.

Queen of the Damned: Lestat plays rock ‘n roll in a movie based on the book that your mom definitely bought.

Roh: In this Malaysian movie, a family finds a girl covered in clay who soon leads the spirit world to their real world.

February 2

Blood Glacier: A leaking glacier? Man, do we need things to get any worse?

The Last Winter: More eco-terror, as drilling leads to the kind of worldwide damage that they make movies like this about. Meta, huh?

February 3

Slapface: A boy hides in the woods before he finds something else that may be unfriendly to everyone but him in this Shudder exclusive.

February 7

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A strange ride that finds two siblings lost in their own world being confronted by their half-sister and a major change in their lives.

Entwined: A doctor comes to a small village and falls in love with a local girl, but things are never what they seem, right?

Fragile: A nurse at a childrens’ hospital struggles to keep her patients safe.

February 8

I Blame Society: A filmmaker attempts to finish her film, no matter who has to be hurt.

February 10

All the Moons: A young girl caught in the middle of the horror of war is rescued by either a vampire or an angel in a Shudder exclusive.

February 11

Joe Bob’s Heartbreak Trailer Park: Two movies, four guests, lots of broken hearts as Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy are back for a Shudder special.

February 14

Knocking: We saw this at Fantastic Fest and it’s a tense and trapped tale of one woman facing a frightening place to live or finally going insane.

Corporate Animals: Demi Moore plays the CEO that takes her team on a dangerous retreat.

I Am A Ghost: Stuck in the same house, Emily gets a clairvoyant therapist.

Silent Retreat: After the movies on this day, will anyone want to go anywhere to work on themselves and their career?

Spring: I’ve always wanted to see this — a man falls in love with a woman who may not identify as a human being.

Eat Brains Love: You can’t get a wood sign for this movie at Hobby Lobby.

February 17

They Live In the Gray: A social worker must use her psychic powers to save an at-risk family in this Shudder exclusive.

February 21

Dawn of the Beast: Graduate students try to find Bigfoot. Bad idea.

Dogs: The grandson of a mob boss learns that the don and his men won’t let their property go, even after death.

Detention: School goes very, very wrong after a student wakes up at her desk and learns that she’s trapped in a nightmare.

February 24

Hellbender: We saw this Shudder exclusive at Fantastic Fest and it’s a wild ride about mother and daughter witches who are also a heavy metal band in the woods. It gets way stranger than that description…

Plus, A Discovery of Witches season 3 ends February 19.

What are you excited about in February on Shudder?

Mill Creek Zombie Collection

The Mill Creek Zombie Collection has four different comedic zombie films, including Attack of the Lederhosen ZombiesGranny of the DeadAttack of the Killer Donuts and Harold’s Going Stiff. You can learn more on the official page and buy it at Deep Discount.

Click on any of the links to learn more, as we’ve done full reviews on each movie.

Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies: Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarders is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.

Granny of the Dead: Regular guy Ed awakes one morning to find that his grandmother has become one of the living dead. While trapped in his home Ed tries to survive the day, keep his house zombie free, stay alive and save the day.

Attack of the Killer Donuts: A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into bloodthirsty killers.

Harold’s Going Stiff: Harold is suffering from a frightening new disease that is turning him into a zombie. After an experimental new treatment fails, Harold’s condition deteriorates and he ends up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes who are out for blood.