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Shudder Scares Up the Universal Monsters

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There’s no better way to celebrate the Halloween season than by revisiting the classic monsters who paved the way for all of today’s most beloved frightfests. If you’re a Shudder subscriber things have just gotten even easier!

From the Press Release:
Shudder, the AMC-backed thriller, suspense and horror streaming platform, continues to makes waves with its fright-filled Halloween rollout as it announces the Shudder premiere of the legendary Universal Monsters films!

The selection of films includes Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) & The Wolf Man (1941). Together, they comprise some of the most influential horror films in history.

Shudder continues to elevate its specially curated catalog with the Universal Monsters films, joining the ranks of the many legendary horror films that have been released on the service this year.

Universal Monsters

Dracula
– Bela Lugosi stars in the Universal’s classic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s essential vampire tale.

Frankenstein
– Boris Karloff is the screen’s most memorable creature in the story of Dr. Frankenstein, who pieces together salvaged body parts to create a human monster.

Bride of Frankenstein
– Karloff returns as the screen’s most misunderstood monster and Elsa Lanchester stars as his ill-fated bride in one of horror’s all-time greats.

The Invisible Man
– Claude Rains stars as a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invisible and slowly drives him to commit acts of terror.

The Mummy
– Boris Karloff stars as the mummy Im-Ho-Tep, a high priest who is revived by British archaeologists 3,700 years after being embalmed alive.

The Wolf Man
– Lon Chaney Jr. stars in this horror masterpiece about a man who is attacked by a werewolf and then becomes one himself at each full moon.

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

BUY IT NOW!

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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