Shudder has revealed its plans for an upcoming original programming slate to THR, which will kick off with a new horror documentary from Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare). Titled Primal Screen, the documentary is an exploration of what attracts people to the genre. It’s being described as “…a hybrid of documentary and horror, [exploring] the pop-culture artifacts that traumatized individuals in their youth and the effects it has had on their lives.”
Ascher explains, “Fear, obsession, and people’s attempts to understand these things are a particular focus of mine. Shudder was a fantastic partner, and they gave me the freedom to dive deep into this new rabbit hole. I’m thrilled to present Primal Screen on a streaming service that showcases an expansive collection of Mario Bava films, a wide selection of horror documentaries, and a great variety of thrilling entertainment.”
Primal Screen will premiere on June 8th, and atrailer can be seen below.
Per the site, here are the projects in development at Shudder:
— Deadwax, a shortform series series about the hunt for a mysterious record that drives its owners mad and kills anyone who dares to play it. From Graham Reznick, co-writer of Until Dawn and director of I Can See You.
— Riprore, which focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles, where a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic homicide investigation, but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days. It’s from Sam Sheridan, former MMA fighter and author of A Fighter’s Heart and The Disaster Diaries, with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins attached.
— The Blondes, which centers on a woman who treks to find the father of her unborn child while navigating a world where blonde-haired women could turn into rabid monsters at any moment. It’s based on the novel by Emily Schultz and executive produced by J. Todd Harris, Marc Marcum, and Branded Entertainment.
— An untitled Arkasha Stevenson project focusing on a serial killer, loosely based on Ted Bundy and his relationship with his longtime girlfriend, written and directed by Stevenson (“Pineapple”).