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Big news about what is coming up in April on Shudder. We have all the highlights you need for what should be a busy next month.

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SHUDDER TURNS APRIL INTO ‘HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN MONTH’ WITH ITS BIGGEST SLATE OF PROGRAMMING EVER

Featuring a New Season of Hit Series Creepshow, the Return of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs and a New Exclusive Movie Every Week; Film Slate Includes Yeon Sang-ho’s Highly Anticipated Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula and The Power from BAFTA-Nominated Director Corrina Faith; Live ‘Halfway to Halloween Hotline’ Will Provide Members with Personalized Horror Movie Recommendations

NEW YORK – March 4, 2021 – April showers bring a packed lineup of new horror films and series to Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, for its annual ‘Halfway to Halloween Month.’ With April marking the halfway point to Halloween, the streamer will celebrate its biggest month of programming yet with a loaded slate of Shudder original films and series, an exclusive documentary, a library of cult classic favorites and the return of ‘Halfway to Halloween Hotline.’

“Some do Christmas in July but at Shudder we celebrate Halloween in April to mark the halfway point to the greatest holiday of the year,” said Craig Engler, general manager of Shudder. “‘Halfway to Halloween Month’ is going to be the biggest month of programming in Shudder history with new movies, series, a killer documentary and more.”

This year’s ‘Halfway to Halloween’ lineup includes two Shudder Original series, five new Shudder Original and Shudder Exclusive premieres, an exclusive documentary, the 2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards and more. 

As for some of the highlights for April, you have the following:

The season premiere of the Shudder Original series Creepshow and the return of the Shudder Original series The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs.

The highly anticipated follow up to Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan and Seoul Station, Peninsula.

The Power starring Rose Williams (Sanditon) and written and directed by BAFTA nominated British filmmaker Corrina Faith, which appeared on 2018’s Brit List of best unproduced scripts.

Christopher Smith’s The Banishing starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible franchise).

Boys from County Hell, which /Film called “legendary in its own right” upon its North American premiere at the 2020 Nightstream virtual film festival.

Making its US premiere after appearing as a 2020 CANNESERIES Horror Short Form contender, Australian anthology series Deadhouse Dark.

An exclusive documentary, In Search of Darkness: Part II, which continues to explore the impact of beloved ‘80s horror films.

The 2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, hosted by actor and writer David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man and the Wasp).

The Val Lewton Collection: seven classic titles from the 1940s, including Cat PeopleI Walked With A ZombieThe Leopard ManThe Seventh VictimCurse of the Cat PeopleThe Body Snatcher and Isle of the Dead.

An Alex de la Iglesia double feature: the mid ‘90s cult classics, Day of the Beast and Dance with the Devil.

‘Halfway to Halloween Hotline’ in which Shudder’s director of programming, Samuel Zimmerman, provides callers with real-time movie recommendations.

As you can see, there is a lot on the way on Shudder. Let’s learn more about the Originals and Exclusives.

New Shudder Originals and Exclusives

Creepshow, Season 2 – Premieres April 1, New Episodes Every Thursday **Shudder Original Series

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

Based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, the anthology Creepshow returns for a second season and is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable.  You never know what will be on the next page. Executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero, Creepshow’s second season will feature guest stars Kevin Dillon, Iman Benson, Josh McDermitt, Keith David, Molly Ringwald, Barbara Crampton, Justin Long, and D’Arcy Carden, among others.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula – Premieres April 1**Shudder Exclusive Film

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in Train to Busan, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us Peninsula, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances. Upon Peninsula’s premiere, Shudder will be the only service in which viewers can watch Yeon Sang-ho’s complete trilogy, including Train to Busan and Seoul Station, on a single platform.

The Power– Premieres April 8 **Shudder Exclusive Film

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

London, 1974. As Britain prepares for electrical blackouts to sweep across the country, trainee nurse Val (Rose Williams) arrives for her first day at the crumbling East London Royal Infirmary. With most of the patients and staff evacuated to another hospital, Val is forced to work the night shift, finding herself in a dark, near empty building. Within these walls lies a deadly secret, forcing Val to face both her own traumatic past and deepest fears in order to confront the malevolent force that’s intent on destroying everything around her.

The Banishing – Premieres April 15 **Shudder Original Film

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

From acclaimed director Chris Smith (CreepSeveranceTriangle) comes The Banishing, which tells the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist…or risk losing their daughter.

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The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs – Premieres April 16, New Episodes Every Friday **Shudder Original Series

The hit original series returns with Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presenting eclectic horror movie double features, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. The show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended in the top 10 on Twitter in the US during the premiere of every episode and special, often reaching No. 1.

2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards – Premieres April 18 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT **Shudder TV Exclusive Event

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

In April 2021, Shudder partners with FANGORIA to bring the Chainsaw Awards, hosted by actor and writer David Dastmalchian, to fans across the globe. This year’s nominated films include The Invisible ManFreakyRelicColor Out of Space and Possessor as well as actors Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton and Elisabeth Moss. Since 1992, the Chainsaw Awards have honored top achievements in horror film and television, with past recipients including Jonathan Demme, Sam Raimi, Robert Eggers, Toni Collette and George Romero.

Boys from County Hell – Premieres April 22 **Shudder Exclusive Film

(Also available on Shudder CA)

Welcome to Six Mile Hill, a sleepy Irish backwater whose only claim to fame is the somewhat dubious local legend that Bram Stoker once spent a night in the local pub. It’s home to Eugene Moffat, a young man who fills most of his days drinking pints with his friends and pranking tourists who come to visit the gravesite of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire some believe to have inspired ‘Dracula.’ When a personal tragedy forces Eugene to go and work for his gruff, no-nonsense father, he finds himself on the site of a controversial new road development that threatens to destroy the town’s livelihood. But strange events unfold when Eugene and the crew tear down a famous cairn believed to be the final resting place of Abhartach, and they soon come under attack from a sinister force that has infected one of their workmates. As the night closes in, The Boys must fight for survival while discovering the true horror of a myth that hits much closer to home than any of them realize.

In Search of Darkness: Part II – Premieres April 26 **Shudder Exclusive Documentary

Building on the hit 2019 superdoc that Forbes called “a scary good magnum opus,” In Search of Darkness: Part II dives deeper into the fabled practical-effects decade of iconic and eclectic ‘80s horror movies that changed the course of film history. Packed with over four hours of brand-new interviews, including such legendary horror icons as Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill), Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead), and special-effects wizard Tom Savini (Friday the 13th), Part II features 15 new faces alongside 40-plus returning members of the original In Search of Darkness cast to delve into more fan-favorite titles of ‘80s horror, year-by-year, expanding its scope to cover more international releases and spotlighting horror-career retrospectives.

Deadhouse Dark – Premieres April 29 **Shudder Original Series

(Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

An anthology of six interconnected horror short films, Deadhouse Dark is anchored by a woman who receives a ‘mystery box’ from the dark web, each item within it gradually unveiling a dark and troubling truth. A boxful of dark and chilling tales of terror inspired by frighteningly familiar modern trends including dark web mystery boxes, dash cam footage and Insta-fame hungry vloggers. Deadhouse Dark is a giant mystery box of chocolates – while there is something in there to suit a variety of different tastes, in the end chocolate is still chocolate. And who doesn’t love chocolate?

Halfway to Halloween Hotline

Shudder is also bringing back the hotline. This feature rolls out around Halloween where members can call and get recommendations from the Shudder library from Samuel Zimmerman, the streaming service’s director of programming. For all the details, read on.

Every Friday in April from 3pm-4pm ET, members are invited to call Samuel Zimmerman, Shudder’s director of programming, to discuss all things horror: from their favorite genre films of all time to the most highly anticipated horror releases of the year.  From those conversations, Sam will then use his horror expertise to offer customized viewing recommendations from Shudder’s expansive film collection.

A new hotline phone number will be announced each Friday on Shudder’s social media platforms.

**While recommendations are provided for free, please note that normal phone and long-distance charges may apply. Call volume is expected to be high, so please keep trying if a busy signal is received. There are no guarantees that every call will be answered, but Sam will get through as many as he can within the hour.**

New Additions to the Movie Library

Shudder also features a ton of new additions across all regions for April. We’ll list them here, and check back with us in April for the regional list and highlights.

April 1

Night of the Lepus (1972): Coming to Shudder just in time for Easter, in this cult classic, an Arizona rancher dealing with massive rabbit overpopulation calls on a local college president, Elgin Clark, to help him. In order to humanely resolve the matter, Elgin brings in researchers who inject the rabbits with chemicals. However, they fail to anticipate the consequences of their actions.

The Haunting of Julia (1977): After her daughter’s death, wealthy American homemaker Julia Lofting moves to London to restart her life. All seems well until she is haunted by the ghosts of other children while mourning for her own.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986): (Also available on Shudder CA) Chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface is up to his cannibalistic ways once again, along with the rest of his twisted clan. This time, the masked killer has set his sights on a pretty disc jockey, who teams up with a Texas lawman to battle the psychopath and his family deep within their lair, a macabre abandoned amusement park.

April 2

The Val Lewton Collection: Seven classic films from the influential writer and producer behind a series of atmospheric, psychologically rich horror classics: Cat People (1942), I Walked With A Zombie (1943), The Leopard Man (1943), The Seventh Victim (1943), Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945) and Isle of the Dead (1945)

April 5

Don’t Panic (1988): (Also available on Shudder CA) Best known as Mexico’s homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street, in this film, Michael is gifted a Ouija board from his best friend, Tony, on his seventeenth birthday. Tony unwittingly unlocks the evil forces of the board, unleashing a wave of violent killings, and the chief suspect appears to be Michael.

Zombie for Sale (2019): (Also available on Shudder CA and Shudder UK) When the illegal human experiments of a Korean pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of its undead test subjects escapes and ends up in a gas station owned by the Park family. When the Park family uncovers the undead visitor, they hatch a plan to exploit this unexpected fountain of youth.

April 12

The McPherson Tape (1989): (Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ) Known for being a pioneer in the found footage genre, this film centers on a typical fall evening in 1983 when a young man videotapes his niece’s 5th birthday party. As the night’s strange occurrences take place, he keeps his video camera running, recording the entire event.

Alex de la Iglesia Double Feature: (Also available on Shudder CA) Two cult favorites from the acclaimed Spanish master of horror who most recently directed and co-wrote HBO Max’s 30 CoinsThe Day of the Beast (1995), in which a priest, TV psychic and Death Metal record store clerk team up to beat Satan and prevent the Apocalypse, and Dance with the Devil (a.k.a. Perdita Durango, 1997) starring Rosie Perez and Javier Bardem as a sadistic couple involved with human sacrifices, kidnapping, murder and fetus trafficking.

April 19

The Stepfather (1987): (Also available on Shudder CA) Jerry Blake is a family man, but he happens to have a series of families, with each one on the receiving end of his murderous ways. When Jerry sets his sights on a lovely widow named Susan and her headstrong daughter, Stephanie, it appears that his brutal pattern of killings will continue. However, Stephanie begins to suspect that there’s something wrong with the seemingly well-adjusted Jerry, and a violent confrontation is inevitable.

Thale (2012): Leo and Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy crime scene when Elvis accidentally finds a secret passage that leads to a subterranean living space. He encounters Thale, a beautiful young woman who sings but does not speak. The two are ill-prepared when others tracking Thale finally catch up to her.

The Conspiracy (2012): (Also available on Shudder CA) A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.

Housebound (2014): (Also available on Shudder CA) A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.

April 26

The Similiars (2015): (Also available on Shudder CA) Eight people experience a strange phenomenon while waiting for a bus at a remote station on a rainy October night.

The Diabolical (2015): 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.

Attack of the Demons (2019): (Also available on Shudder CA) For centuries, a demonic cult has been plotting the destruction of mankind. When a small Colorado town is overrun by a legion of mutating demons, three non-demon hunter friends must use every skill their minds can fathom to stave off the demon apocalypse.

April 29

Horror Express (1972): (Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ) While travelling on the Trans-Siberian Express, an anthropologist and his rival must contain the threat posed by the former’s cargo: a prehistoric ape which is the host for a lifeform that is absorbing the minds of the passengers and crew.


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Evil Dead Rise Trailer is Here and It’s Gruesome!

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close up of Alyssa Sutherand sitting in a tub possessed as a Deadite. Her skin is pale and blotchy, thick sweat and plasma like substances runs down her face as her bright yellow demonic eyes stare into the camera. A light grin is on her face. Her hair damp and stringy adding to the sinister tone.
Alyssa Sutherland as Deadite Ellie in ‘Evil Dead Rise’

It has been a long few years since fans of the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise have been able to delve into the grisly world of the Necronomicon, with the last venture being the critically praised 2015 Starz original series ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’. Though short-lived running only 3 seasons, ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ was able to bring back beloved horror icon and franchise alum “Groovy” Bruce Campbell (‘Evil Dead 1&2’, ‘Army of Darkness’) as the legendary Ash Williams, as well as introduce a few new would-be fan favorites including Dana DeLorenzo’s rebellious badass Kelly Maxwell and Ash’s silly loveable sidekick Pablo played by Ray Santiago. Before ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ graced our living rooms, the last entry to splatter the silver screen was the much-loved 2013 reboot ‘Evil Dead’ written and directed by Fede Alvarez (‘Don’t Breathe’, ‘Crawl’) and starring Jane Levy (‘Don’t Breathe’, ‘Castle Rock’) as final girl Mia and Shiloh Fernandez as her protective older brother David. However, after a decade long hiatus, fellow Deadites can soon rejoice, as the fifth installment to the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise is mere months away with Lee Cronin’s ‘Evil Dead Rise’. 

Closeup of Lilly Sullivan as Beth covered in blood. Her short brown hair wet and damp with the crimson liquid as it runs down her face and arms. In her hand she grips a double barrel shotgun pointed at someone or something off-screen. Her mouth slightly ajar as she begins to speak a line of dialogue. Above her head are rusted water pipes indicative of a basement setting.
Lilly Sullivan as Beth in ‘Evil Dead Rise’

To add even further to the hype train, Warner Bro’s Pictures was gracious enough to drop the first official red band trailer for ‘Evil Dead Rise‘ today and boy oh boy, is it bloody! Not only do we get a terrifying first look at the film’s flesh-ripping demons but, we also get a sneak-peek of the many homages to previous entries whilst witnessing a bold, grim, and equally violent fresh take on the popular cult classic franchise. The official synopsis for ‘Evil Dead Rise’ reads: 

Official poster for Evil Dead Rise. The image features Alyssa Sutherland as Ellie holding her characters 2 children and younger sister beth. A sharp sinister smile floods her face as her demonic yellow eyes pierce the soul. Her Hands cradle her son and sister's heads in either hand. On her right hand we see a floral vine tattoo that wraps down her pinky, he left hand is injured and bloody. The Words "Mommy Loves You To Death" printed in white run down the poster above the film's title 'Evil Dead Rise'. The bottom of the poster provided the official release date of April 21st.
official poster for ‘Evil Dead Rise’

 “A road-weary Beth (Lilly Sullivan) pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland), who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped L.A apartment. The sisters’ reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie’s building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons, and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable.” 

‘Evil Dead Rise’ is written and directed by Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground), with franchise creator and horror maestro Sam Raimi (‘Drag Me to Hell’, ‘Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness‘) acting as executive producer alongside Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert. Those hoping to see “Groovy” Bruce reprise his role of Ash will be met with disappointment, as unfortunately he will not be returning, however, per Campbell the three of them have been “heavily involved” during the production. ‘Evil Dead Rise’ is scheduled to possess our theaters in the US, April 21. Until then, turn up the volume and flick off the lights for the official red band trailer of Evil Dead Rise’

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Coming to Shudder and AMC+ for January 2023

January 2023 Shudder and AMC+ release schedule.

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2022 was an impressive year for the horror genre, as we received a slew of incredible films, many of which premiered exclusively on Shudder. However, news has recently been quiet regarding Shudders current slate of 2023 releases. This is in part due to the recent cutback in staff Shudder, as well as other AMC Network sites have recently received, including Shudder GM Craig Engler. Though the current January list is less significant than it has been in the past, we still have a few scary treats to look forward to. 

Let’s kick off the bloody new year and see what will be streaming exclusively on Shudder and AMC+ for January 2023.

AMC+ Exclusive Premiers

Before we jump into Shudder’s upcoming list of exclusive streaming titles, let’s first take a peek at AMC+ and ‘Vesper‘, which made its world premiere in the Crystal Globe Competition at the 2022 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. We’ll also touch on the much-anticipated series ‘Mayfair Witches, based on Anne Rice’s best-selling trilogy, Lives of the Mayfair Witches. This will be the second series in the Anne Rice Immortal Universe, which is being overseen by Mark Johnson (Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul). Johnson will also be acting as the series executive producer alongside Esta Spalding (Masters of SexOn Becoming a God in Central Florida) and Michelle Ashford (Masters of SexThe PacificJohn Adams), who will also act as writers for the series.  

Vesper (Streaming Exclusively on AMC+ January 6th)

official poster for Vesper. Image of the main character and her hovering robot companion standing in a marsh, In front of them sits a large ship/robot of some kind with mist rolling across the puddled ground. 2 more of the large metallic structures sit in the background as the sun begins to set.
official film poster for ‘Vesper’

We kick off the new year with the sci-fi thriller ‘Vesper’, streaming exclusively on AMC+ January 6th.

Set in a bleak post-apocalyptic Earth following the collapse of our ecosystem, Vesper (Raffiella ChapmanThe Theory of Everything), a rebellious 13-year-old girl who uses her survival skills to subsist in the remnants of a strange and dangerous world with her debilitating father, Darius (Richard Brake31 and Barbarian). After Stumbling upon a mysterious woman named Camellia (Rosy McEwenThe Alienist), solo and disoriented after an aerial crash, Vesper cautiously agrees to help find Camellia’s missing companion in exchange for safe passage to the Citadel – a dark central hub where oligarchs live in comfort courtesy of state-of-the-art biotechnology. Vesper soon discovers that her violent neighbor, Jonas (Eddie MarsanSherlock Holmes), has been searching for Camellia, who harbors a secret which could change their future forever. Forced into a dangerous adventure, Vesper must rely on her wits and bio-hacking skills to unlock the key to saving their lives and our planet.

Vesper and her Robot walking through a marsh. Vesper is wearing brown pants, a large grey/green jacket and mustard yellow scarf draped across her neck. Her robot is seen with a face drawn on with what appears to be dry blood. Light mist fades in the background of the wooded marsh.
Raffiella Chapman as Vesper.

Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches (New Series Premier Exclusively on AMC+ Sunday, January 8th)

Starring Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D and We Summon the Darkness) as main character Rowan, who discovers she is the unlikely heir to a family of ancient and powerful witches. As she grapples with her newfound powers, Rowan must clash with a sinister presence that has tormented her family for generations. Mayfair Witches also co-stars Harry Hamlin (1981’s Clash of the Titans) as Cortland Mayfair, money and power obsessed patriarch to the Mayfair family. Jack Huston (Antebellum) as Lasher, a mysterious ghost who has haunted the Mayfair family of witches since the 1600’s, Tongayi Chirisa (Antebellum) as Ciprien Grieve, head of the town of Maska and, Beth Grant (Donnie Darko and Child’s Play 2) as Carlotta, a cruel and dangerous member of the Mayfair family of witches.

Mayfair Witches begins streaming exclusively on AMC+ Sunday, January 8th.

Image of Alexandra Daddario as Rowan. Her long dark brown hair is pulled back as she stands with a look of curiosity on her face. Rowan is seen wearing a business casual black dress with a black leather purse draped around her left shoulder.  Her hands pressed together as she stands in a home study. Bookshelves filled with rare encyclopedias and other rare pieces of literature can be seen in the background. An old decadant lamp rest on a table in front of Rowan, an old book lying open, pages ready to flip on itself.
Alexandra Daddario as Rowan in ‘Mayfair Witches’

New Shudder film exclusives for January

Now that we’ve covered the exclusive horror and thriller premiers that will be premiering on AMC+ very soon, it’s time to get into the content we’ve been waiting for; Shudders exclusive January 2023 premiers and returning content. While the list is thin, there are still some worthy films dropping this month that usher in the new year with optimism and hope Shudder will still reign supreme as the premier horror streaming service.

Sorry About the Demon (Premiers Exclusively on Shudder January 19th)

Image of Grace possessed. Blood streaks across her pale face as her long string like black hair shields her black demonic eyes. Her body is hunched over and covered in an orange and white striped shirt.
possessed Grace (Presley Allard) in ‘Sorry About the Demon’

Written and directed by Emily Hagins (Scare Package segment ‘Cold Open’) ‘Sorry About the Demon‘ is the story about a heartbroken young man named Will (played by Jon Michael Simpson) that is tricked into living in a home plagued by an evil presence. Taking residence with a family at wit’s end, an unexpected, surprising twist on ghostly haunts and demonic possession follows the film’s wildly entertaining and silly climax. 

‘Sorry About the Demon’ also stars Jeff McQuity as Patrick, Olivia Ducayen as Aimee, and Paige Evans as Amy. Dave Peniuk and Sarah Cleveland costar as the film’s parents of the fractured family as Ken and Tammy Sellers, with Presley Allard and Jude Zappala playing their children Grace and Jake. 

The Lair (Premiers Exclusively on Shudder January 26th)

Neil Marshall (writer/director of The Descent parts 1&2) makes his triumphant return to the genre with his latest creature-feature and eagerly anticipated film ‘The Lair’, co-written by Charlotte Kirk (The Reckoning). As Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair (Charlotte Kirk) is shot down over Afghanistan and finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker, where unbeknownst to her, deadly man-made biological weapons have been developed. Soon after Lt. Sinclaire encounters a group of soldiers, the half human, half alien monstrosities are awakened, prompting the films characters to ban together in order to escape the deadly bunker alive.

Picture of 5 soldiers staring down an elevator shaft, fear spreading across all of their faces. From left to right: Troy Alexander is seen holding a pistol wearing military garbs and a gun holster on his right leg. Hadi Khanjanpour is wearing white robes and a bullet proof vest holding an AK-47. His white robes are stained in dirt and blood. Kibong Tanji is seen wearing similar military camo clothes and holding a pistol in her right hand, and a bat wrapped in barbed wire in her left. She is also wearing a utility vest. Charlotte Kirk is the only character seen not holding a weapon. She stands wearing tan airforce pants and dirty dark brown jacket. Her short brown hair covers her right eye as you see her character covered in dirt and blood. Lastly we see Leon Ockenden also in military clothing holding an automatic rifle of some kind. His character is very rugged and scruff looking with a full beard, white shirt, military cargo pants, and utility vest. Each character is seen staring down an open elevator shaft as red and orange light paints the scenery with caution.
Cast left to right: Troy Alexander, Hadi Khanjanpour, Kibong Tanji, Charlotte Kirk, and Leon Ockenden in ‘The Lair’

‘The Lair’ promises to deliver Marshall’s signature claustrophobic, high-octane energy filled with plenty gory and masterfully crafted practical effects, including the films’ creatures. Be sure to catch ‘The Lair’ premiering exclusively on Shudder Thursday, January 26th.

Fan favorites returning to Shudder in January

We continue our look at Shudder’s January release schedule with a couple fan favorites returning for the month including the critically acclaimed first season of ‘Chucky, by franchise creator Don Mancini and Andrzej Żuławski’s controversial 1981 demonic horror film ‘Possession’.

Possession (Premiers on Shudder January 5th)

Image of Isabelle Adjani as Anna in Possession. Her character is seen on her knees in an empty subway tunnel. Blood and vomit are seen dripping from her mouth, covering her blouse and dress as it runs down her clothes forming a puddle on the ground between her legs. A look of pain washes over Anna as she's clutching between her legs. The subway is dimly lit, and a small heap of trash can be seen behind Anna.
Isabelle Adjani as Anna in ‘Possession’

Back in 1981 when Andrzej Żuławski’s film ‘Possession’ was originally released, it was met with critical backlash and banned in the UK being coined as a “video nasty”. Throughout the years, Zulawski’s disturbing masterpiece ‘Possession’ has since garnered massive praise amongst genre fans and is considered a nightmarish experience of demonic possession and crippling marriages.

‘Possession’ centers on professional spy Mark (Played by Sam Neil; ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Event Horizon) returns to his West Berlin home to find his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani; ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre) insistent on getting a divorce. As Anna’s frenzied behavior becomes ever more alarming, Mark discovers a truth far more sinister than his wildest suspicions. With its pulsating score, visceral imagery, and some of the most haunting performances ever captured on screen; including Anna’s possession serving as one the film’s most memorable scenes, ‘Possession’ is cinematic delirium at its most intoxicating and one I highly recommend adding to your list on January 5th.

Chucky (Complete first season returns to Shudder January 12th)

Chucky half melted getting ready to transfer his soul into a new Good-Guy doll. We see the extent of Chucky's damage as the left side of his body is completely melted, the plastic burnt and dropping down. Only half of his head is still covered in his signature bright orange hair, as the burnt half only has few strands remaining. His left arm is also burnt and raised in the air as he calls upon the power of his voodoo God. His blue coveralls and multicolored striped shirt are also burnt and charred.
Ade Due Damballa…Give me the power I beg of you!

As a fan of the ‘Child’s Play franchise for many years, when it was announced the iconic killer doll would be getting his own television series courtesy of SyFy and USA Network, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. My main worry being a watered-down PG-13 version of a character synonymous with crude language, catchy one-liners, and a kill count that rivals the biggest of slasher icons. Thankfully I was wrong, as the first season of ‘Chucky’ proved to be a massive hit amongst fans and critics alike, enough so to greenlight a second season. Shudder brings back the hit first season of ‘Chucky‘ for our binge worthy delights before season 2 drops for VOD and physical purchase.

Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine holding the living decapitated head of Chucky. We can only see the back of Tiffany and her short bob blonde hair cut as she cradles Chucky's head. Chucky is seen with blood splatters on his face as his bright orange hair falls over his left eye. He stares back at Tiffany angrily, a sinister look peering deep into Tiffany's eyes.
Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany holding a decapitated Chucky

After a vintage Good-Guy doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, young Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur) purchases the doll at a steal and takes him home to use for parts on personal art project. Unbeknownst to Jake, this seemingly lifeless doll harbors the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky (reprised by Brad Dourif; The Exorcist III and Rob Zombie’s Halloween). As the show progress, we see an idyllic American town thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies and allies from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster. It is up to Jake and his friends Devon (Bjorgvin Arnarson) and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) to put a stop to Chucky once and for all and end his reign of terror. ‘Chucky’ also stars returning franchise alums Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky, Bound) as the killer dolls equally maniacal love interest Tiffany Valentine, Alex Vincent (Child’s Play 1&2) and Christine Elise (Child’s Play 2, Body Snatchers) as Chucky’s old rivals Andy Barclay and Kyle, and of course Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky) returns as fan favorite Nica Pierce. Be sure to binge the first season of ‘Chucky’ streaming on Shudder January 12th.

Additional titles Premiering on Shudder in January

For a full comprehensive list of all the titles being added to Shudder for the month of January, please refer to the graphic below. Though we are starting off the year mildly light, there are still plenty of spooky treats and surprises to look forward to throughout the year. 2023 is just getting started!

Complete List of Films coming to Shudder for the month of January, featuring an image of possessed Grace from 'Sorry About the Demon' as the background image. We see a more clear look at her pale skin, the bloody veins across her face and bright yellow demonic eyes, List of films premiering in the month of January:
1/1: Lake Mungo & Near Dark
1/2: Undead & Q: The Winged Serpent
1/5: Possession (1981) and The Wolf of Snow Hollow
1/9: Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes and Countess Dracula
1/12: Chucky season 1
1/16: Take Back the Night and Road Games (1981)
1/19: Sorry About the Demon
1/23: Let the Wrong One In and Isolation
1/26: The Lair
1/30: Death Spa and In Search of Darkness: Part 3.
Complete list of new movies being added to Shudder for January 2023

1/1:

Lake Mungo

Near Dark

1/2:

Undead

Q: The Winged Serpent

1/5:

Possession (1981)

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

1/9:

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes

Countess Dracula

1/12:

Chucky, Season 1

1/16:

Take Back the Night

Road Games (1981)

1/19:

Sorry About the Demon

1/23

Let the Wrong One In

Isolation

1/26:

The Lair

1/30:

Death Spa

In Search of Darkness: Part 3

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Yaaaaawn. Hey, everyone. Hope you’re all ready in time for Halloween and getting spooky–

Huh? What’s that?…Halloween is over? November is gone? But-! But what about Merry Chrysler?! I…missed that, too?

Kidssss, I gave very clear indications of when to wake me up. Gosh, I’ve missed so much!

Thankfully, I am JUST IN TIME for Arrow’s January line-up!

Honestly I'm just going to explain this graphic about the dates, so you're not really missing anything.

That’s right, we have quite a few heavy hitters coming this month to the streaming service, Arrow.

Jan 6th – Adam Egypt Mortimer Selects

On January 6ARROW kicks off the year with the favorites of an American filmmaker, comic writer and producer with Adam Egypt Mortimer Selects (UK/US/CA/IRE). Mortimer is the writer-director of SpectreVision’s Daniel Isn’t Real and Archenemy

Adam Egypt Mortimer Selects, presented in three parts: Demented Spiritual Quests, Kinetic Masterminds, and (my favorite) Fucked Up Monsters.

Titles Include: The Sacred SpiritBad BlackThe Great Yokai War, Gwilliam.

Jan 6th – Teruo Ishii

Also coming at you in just a few days is January 6: Teruo Ishii’s action duology The Executioner (UK/US/CA/IRE) and The Executioner II: Karate Inferno (UK/US/CA/IRE).

The January 13th (yesss Friday the 13th, friends) there’s a smorgasbord of delightful treats coming to Arrow.

Jan 13th – Reel Women

January 13 is all about the power of women, kicking off with Reel Women (UK/US/CA/IRE): a vintage program of interviews with women directors working in Hollywood and Europe in the early 1990s, exploring the opportunities and obstacles which they faced.

Jan 13th – Huang Feng

Also available January 13 are a pair of Hong Kong martial arts films from director Huang Feng and 70s action icon Angela Mao: Lady Whirlwind and Lady Kung Fu (both US/CA).

Jan 13th – Season of Ravenous Cannibals 

It looks like meat’s back on the menu! Fasten your napkin securely around your neck, sharpen your carving knife and take a nice big juicy bite out of this collection of cannibalistic flicks sure to fill any tummies rumbling for gore, savagery and man-eating mayhem!

Titles Include: Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Trapped Alive, Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood.

Jan 20th – The First Time

ARROW celebrates breakout directorial debuts with The First Time (UK/US/CA/IRE).

You never forget the first time, and you’ll never forget these first films from a host of legendary, cult and breakthrough directors.

Titles Include: A Ghost Waits, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Donnie Darko.

Jan 20th – Marlon Brando: Wild One

Also on January 20, take a look into the six decades of work of one of the most iconic actors of the twentieth century in Marlon Brando: Wild One (UK/IRE/US/CA).

An examination of the craft of Marlon Brando, narrated by professionals of the film industry. The film follows his career from the stage with “A Streetcar Named Desire”, through the Actors Studio and professional relationships with Elia Kazan and Stella Adler to Hollywood. An actor who redefined the limits to which a professional may go in becoming the character not only intellectually but emotionally, Brando changed the meaning of film acting.

Lastly, North American subscribers can enjoy Bad Moon and Screamers.

Jan 27th – The Lukas Moodysson Collection

Available together for the first time, Moodysson’s eclectic filmography can now be appreciated as the work of a singular filmmaking voice, as avowedly uncompromising and unabashedly political as it is keenly observed, deeply felt and frequently hilarious.

Titles Include: Show Me Love (aka F*cking Amal), Together, and Mammoth.

ABOUT ARROW:

Head over to ARROW to start watching now.

Subscriptions are available for $6.99 monthly or $69.99 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, Samsung TVs, 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.

ARROWEssentials curates collections based on genre, decades and themes; and ARROWStories takes a fresh look at the world of film and TV with exclusive documentaries, interviews and video essays diving deeper into the many curated seasons and titles on the platform for a richer and deeper viewing experience.

With a slickly designed and user-friendly interface, and an unparalleled roster of quality content from westerns to giallo to Asian cinema, trailers, Midnight Movies, filmmaker picks and much, much more, ARROW is the place to go for the very best in on-demand entertainment.

ARROW is also home to ARROW Stories – an ever-growing collection of interviews, trailers, documentaries and additional extras, both newly created exclusives for the service and from the company’s extensive archives. The service will be updated regularly with fresh content, new curation focuses and never-before-seen content, all selected by the ARROW team as well as the filmmakers themselves. With a slickly designed and user-friendly interface ARROW is the new alternative place to go for the very best in On-Demand entertainment.

Be on the look-out because in the coming months, ARROW will be adding Oscar-winning hits, European classics, Asian cinema masterworks, rediscovered Westerns, offbeat gems and much more as part of ARROW’s international strategy to support and celebrate the medium of film.

Poster for The Executioner, which shows a man in a state of undress in a tuxedo giving a kick while there are neon signs in the background

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