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Last month The Witch director Robert Eggers kicked off Shudder’s “curated” collection of horror films hand-picked by some of the genre’s brightest rising stars, and this month it’s French filmmaker Alexandre Aja’s turn.  Read on for the details!

From the Press Release:
Shudder, the diabolical horror streaming service backed by AMC Networks, continues to expand its offerings for horror fans. As part of Shudder’s guest curator initiative, director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes [2006], Piranha 3D) has created a collection of his top five horror films, now live on the Shudder platform.

Aja’s collection is the second part of Shudder’s guest curator program, which kicked off last month with a collection by director/writer Robert Eggers (The Witch). Each guest curator carefully selects his/her top five horror films based on personal taste and impact on the genre. Shudder plans to continue the program on a monthly basis with collections from new guest curators.

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Shudder houses a variety of films that span all decades and sub-genres of horror in detailed collections created by lead curators Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman. The full collection by Alexandre Aja, now available on Shudder, is detailed below (with comments from the filmmaker):

AUDITION
“This film is slow burning storytelling, like climbing up the Everest of horror. It’s the most unnerving Takashi Miike movie, deeply sensual and bloody disturbing. This feminist revenge story is every man’s nightmare and fantasy as well. If you can stomach it, she will move you and stay with you long after the end credits roll, making Fatal Attraction feel like a ‘Teletubbies’ episode.”

TETSUO
“Growing up on Akira, Tetsuo was – for me – the perfect development of man’s evolution into machine, or how the industrial world we are living in might ultimately consume us. This Cronenbergian hallucination is graphic, fetishist, expressionist, and a beautiful black and white journey. Somehow – it’s like the Japanese Eraserhead. Definitely cult!”

ANTICHRIST
“It’s been a long time since I had to stop watching a movie because it was too intense! The imagery is so haunting, every frame of that forest is a cinematic painting. The darkness of love stories and human relationships challenge the audience by taking them in the most remote and dark places of our own nature. The film is a provocative experience like a question mark burnt on your skin.”

ROOM 237
“Extreme, conspiratorial, funny – most of the crazy theories might be just pure fiction in this ode documentary, but it’s so exciting to milk the fantasy of the almighty Stanley around the making of The Shining. The idealistic vision of the ultimate filmmaker’s ability to layer subtext, hidden messages in every frame of one of the best movies ever made!”

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
“The most honest attempt of depicting serial killers. No artifice. Nothing about the deaths themselves. No fear or suspense. Just the casual build-up and the cold aftermath. An immersion into the inconceivable mind of killers, and the performance by Michael Rooker is unforgettable.”

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