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New on Shudder – June 2017

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AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder has announced its release slate for this month, and they’re bringing a little bit of everything to the table! You can see all titles below.

For more info visit the official Shudder website, “like” Shudder on Facebook, and follow Shudder on Twitter and Shudder on Instagram.

First up are the Shudder exclusives:

Noroi: The Curse – Exclusively on Shudder from 1st June
Paranormal expert and documentarian Masafumi Kobayashi sets his sights on uncovering the truth behind a string of seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents in Noroi: The Curse. Narratives twist and turn as Kobayashi and his cameraman Miyajima race to piece together one unusual death after another, only to be met with the same fate which they so fervently document, leaving only their footage behind.

Delving into the legend and ritualistic background of “Kagutaba”, Director Kôji Shiraishi (Sadako v Kayako) masterfully combines character storylines in a documentary format with suspenseful plot turns.

Primal Screen – Exclusively on Shudder from 8th June
Launching Shudder Originals, Shudder’s new original programming slate, comes Primal Screen, a chilling new horror documentary from genre favorite filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare).

Primal Screen explores how individuals are simultaneously attracted to and repelled by what scares them most. Rodney Ascher has created a singular hybrid of documentary and horror that explores the pop-culture artifacts that traumatized individuals in their youth and the effects it has had on their lives.

Among the Living – Exclusively on Shudder from 15th June
Written and directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, Among the Living is a French coming-of-age horror story that follows three boys realizing their average small town is not what it seems. Under the surface of a dusty film studio, they discover a horrific secret that puts their lives in the crosshairs of danger.

Show Pieces – Exclusively on Shudder from 29th June
From the mind of legendary writer Alan Moore (creator of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and acclaimed photographer and director Mitch Jenkins comes the multi-layered film anthology Show Pieces.

Set in the town of Northampton, UK, Show Pieces is the first work by Alan Moore written specifically for the screen and the first work to explore the bizarre world and characters that frequent an otherworldly gentlemen’s club. The five chapters of Show Pieces create a tapestry of madness, malevolence, and murderous misdeeds, intersecting to form an original, occult noir thriller with Alan Moore himself appearing in character on screen.

 

 

Now, here’s the rest!

House of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie’s directorial debut takes its lead from horror classics such as The Texas Chain Ssaw Massacre and turns the madness up to eleven.

Rigor Mortis
Visually striking and at times as witty as it is creepy, Juno Mak’s Hong Kong set horror is a brilliantly eclectic addition to the Asian supernatural genre.

Room 237
The perfect documentary for horror obsessives everywhere as filmmaker Rodney Ascher takes a compelling look at the hidden messages, symbols, interpretations, and theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

The Devil’s Business
A straightforward job for two British hitmen takes a turn for the macabre in Sean Hogan’s stylish, occult horror.

Dead Snow 2
Bigger, bolder, and in even more bad taste than its predecessor, Dead Snow 2 grabs once again for the funny bone and sticks its tongue firmly in its undead Nazi cheek!

Thirst
Open Water… without the water! A car crash leaves two young couples fighting for their lives in the scorching desert heat.

Antiviral
A queasy and fascinating examination of sick celebrities and obsessive fans in which director Brandon Cronenberg gets inside viewers’ heads as well as under their skin.

The Eye Trilogy
Seeing might not be believing in The Pang Brothers’ supernatural chilling trilogy. Don’t look away.

The Bay
A gruesome, effective, and atmospheric eco-horror courtesy of the ever-eclectic Barry Levinson.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

Synopsis:
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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