August promises to be a great month for horror on Shudder. We are rolling out a list of our personal picks. We have some originals, the return of Joe Bob Briggs, and Zoom meeting horror.

So, what’s up this month?

Originals and Exclusives this Month

HOST (2020)

Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown but get far more than they bargain for as things quickly go wrong. Host was shot remotely during quarantine and features practical scares, stunts, and surprises, all filmed by the actors in their own homes. Director Rob Savage (Dawn of the Deaf) never set foot in the same room as his actors at any point during production and instead directed them remotely. Starring: Haley Bishop (Deep State), Radina Drandova (Dawn of the Deaf), Edward Linard (The Rebels), Jemma Moore (Doom: Annihilation), Caroline Ward (Stalling It) and Emma Louise Webb (The Crown).

Premieres Thursday, July 30. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK


Official Selection: Fantastic Fest

Comic book creator Todd, his wife, assistant and best friend all embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con, and bad things start to happen: people start getting killed. Is a crazed fan using Todd’s “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for his stylized slaughter? Starring: Jesse Williams (‘Grey’s Anatomy’), Jordana Brewster (Furious 7), Niamh Wilson (Saw series) and Jay Baruchel (This Is the End). Directed by Jay Baruchel.

Premieres Thursday, August 20. Also available on Shudder UK.


Fire up the popcorn and slip into your PJs: Joe Bob Briggs, America’s foremost drive-in movie critic, is back for a special summer sleepover double-feature. Joining Joe Bob and Darcy in the trailer park will be director Adam Green (FrozenHatchet series) along with other surprise guests. 

Streaming live on Friday, August 14 at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

SQUIRM (1976)

Beware the crawling terror! This is a cult classic from director Jeff Lieberman. A surge from a downed powerline mutates a seemingly endless population of worms into a bloodsucking, man-eating onslaught.  Starring Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow.

Available on August 1st. Also available on Shudder Canada.

RING, RING 2, and RING 0 (1998, 1999, and 2000)

In the film that kicked off the franchise as well as a Western surge in interest in so-called J-horror, Hideo Nakata directs the story of a group of teenage friends are found dead, their faces twisted in terror, supposed victims of an urban legend about a cursed videotape. One year after the success of his horror classic, director Hideo Nakata returned to the world of viral video to deliver his own follow-up. And in the prequel Ring 0, a journalist tracks a young woman who uses her supernatural powers to kill members of an acting troupe.

Premieres August 10th. Also available on Shudder Canada.

What Else is On?

As always, we have the lists of content from all three regions, as posted on the official Shudder Twitter accounts.

Any highlights for you from this month? Let us know in the comments.

David Davis

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David Davis is a writer, cartoonist, and educator in Southern California with an M.A. in literature and writing studies.

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