As we approach summer, Shudder has all of our horror needs covered for both the summer itself in recognition of Pride Month. Their lineup includes critically acclaimed originals, a continuation of The Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs, as well as an updated Queer Horror collection among their myriad of curated playlists. So let’s dive in!
June 10 – Offseason
Starring Joceline Donahue (Doctor Sleep), Offseason features a woman who discovers that her mother’s gravestone has been desecrated. As she investigates, she travels to the remote island where here mother lived and finds something sinister. In doing so, she finds herself finally understanding more about her mysterious mother. Also starring Richard Brake (31, 3 From Hell, Batman Begins).
June 16 – Mad God
Feature debut of Phil Tippett, who previously did special effects for films like RoboCop, Jurassic Park, Star Wars: A New Hope, and many more. The film deals with a dystopian future filled with monsters, mad scientists, and other nightmare creatures. One part live action, one part stop motion, all parts creative energy and stunning visuals.
June 23 – Revealer
Unlikely allies, a stripper and a preacher are trapped in a peep show and must work together to survive an apocalyptic event in 1980’s Chicago.
June 30 – The Long Night
Starring Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) as a woman searching for her long lost parents, The Long Night deals with a nightmarish cult that they must deal with in order to survive.
Queer Horror Collection
This Pride Month at Shudder is a celebration of queer filmmaker Eloy de la Iglesia (1944-2006). Better known in his native Spain, this director was behind some excellent horror/thriller films in the 1970’s and 80’s. Starting on June 1st, the following will be highlighted under the Queer Horror Collection:
Cannibal Man (1972)
After accidentally killing someone, a butcher resorts to even more murder in an attempt to cover it all up.
El Pico (1983)
Gritty crime thriller about the seedy underworld of the drug trade in 1980’s Spain.
El Pico 2 (1984)
Sequel to El Pico, this follows the main character Paco, as he struggles with addiction and involvement in the drug trade itself.
Following the life story of Jaro, a leader of a juvenile delinquent gang in 1970’s Spain, the film is absolutely brutal in its honest and unflinching portrayal of the hards realities of crime and drugs.
No One Heard the Scream (1973)
Often referred to as a “Spanish giallo”, this movie deals with a woman who sees her neighbor getting rid of his wife’s dead body. However rather than turn him in, she becomes involved herself…
Eye of the Cat (1969)
Penned by Joseph Stafano, author of the horror classic Psycho, Eye of the Cat tells the macabre and suspenseful tale of a young man who plots murder after his wealthy aunt announces that she intends to leave her fortune to her cats
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Imagine a novel so overwhelmingly hypnotic, so tremendously horrifying that it paralyzes its audience with fear and turns its most sensible readers insane. When the author disappears, an insurance investigator hired to find the horror writer discovers far more than he could ever imagine in this spellbinding thriller.
Late one night, 10 year-old Carol Anne Freeling hears a voice coming from the inside of the television set. At first, the spirits that invade the Freelings’ home seem like playful children. But then they turn angry. And when Carol Anne is pulled from this world into another, Steve and Diane Freeling turn to an exorcist in the horror classic.
Mary, Mary Bloody Mary (1975)
Mary (Cristina Ferrare), a beautiful American artist living in Mexico to more easily gratify her growing lust for blood. While her horrific appetites are fueled, her life becomes further fraught with the investigation into the grisly murders, love for a handsome young American ex-patriot (David Young), and by the sudden, terrifying appearance of her like-minded father (John Carradine), intent upon satisfying his own heinous hungers as well as his legacy of compulsion. As Mary continues to cut a bloody swath across the country, investigators and her pursuing parent close in–the suspense and nightmarish drama gather to a final chilling confrontation.”
Alligator (1980) – First Time on SVOD with updated new scans of the original prints
From director Lewis Teague (Cujo) and screenwriter John Sayles (The Howling) comes an unstoppable thriller with bite. A family returning from Florida decides their pet baby alligator is too much to handle and flushes him down the toilet. Meanwhile, Slade Laboratories is conducting secret experiments with animals and disposing of them in the sewer. The alligator, fending for itself, begins to feed on the dead animals, and grows. Now, twelve years later, after several mysterious murders, David Madison (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown) is on the case to find out who or what is killing people.
Alligator II: The Mutation (1991) – First time on SVOD with update new scans of the original prints
Deep in the sewers beneath the city of Regent Park, a baby alligator feeds on the experimental animals discarded by Future Chemicals Corporation. Nourished by the toxic growth hormones and other mutating chemicals, the gator grows immense in size … and voracious in appetite. Now, it must kill to survive! It’s a classic confrontation between man and beast. This sequel stars Joseph Bologna (Transylvania 6-5000), Steve Railsback (Lifeforce), Dee Wallace (The Howling), Richard Lynch (Bad Dreams) and Kane Hodder (Jason X).
An urban couple go camping in the Canadian wilderness – where unimaginable beauty sits alongside our most primal fears. Alex is a seasoned outdoorsman while Jenn, a corporate lawyer, is not. After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park to one of his favorite spots – the secluded Blackfoot Trail.
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
A group of climbers make a grim discovery high up in the mountains: buried amongst the peaks is an eight-year-old girl, terrified, dehydrated and unable to speak a word of English. Alison (Melissa George, TV s Grey s Anatomy, 30 Days of Night), the group leader, convinces her group to rescue her. But as they attempt to take the girl to safety, they become involved in an elaborate kidnapping plot and soon must fight for their lives as they re pursued by both the girl s kidnappers and a group of hired mercenaries sent to return the girl to her war criminal father. With danger all around them and mountainous terrain to navigate, Alison and her party are in for a grueling ordeal in order to save both the girl and themselves.
The Wild Boys (2017)
The debut feature from Bertrand Mandico tells the tale of five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) enamored by the arts, but drawn to crime and transgression. After a brutal crime committed by the group and aided by TREVOR – a deity of chaos they can’t control – they’re punished to board a boat with a captain hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island with dangers and pleasures abound the boys start to transform in both mind and body. Shot in gorgeous 16mm and brimming with eroticism, gender fluidity, and humor, The Wild Boys will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget.
The Clovehitch Killer (2018)
Tyler’s a good kid, a boy scout, raised by a poor but happy family in a small, religious town. But when he finds his dad, Don, has disturbing pornography hidden in the shed, he starts to fear that his dad might be Clovehitch, an infamous serial killer that was never caught. Tyler teams up with Kassi, a teenage outcast who’s morbidly obsessed with the Clovehitch legend, to discover the truth in time to save his family.
The Freakmaker (1974)
Professor Nolter, a college science professor who believes it is man’s destiny to survive an uncertain future by evolving into a hybrid plant/human mutation. To test his theories, Nolter supervises the abduction of young co-eds and fuses them with mutant plants he has developed in his laboratory, placing his rejects in a neighboring freak show (which stars such real-life oddities as the Alligator Lady, the Frog Boy, the Human Pretzel, the Monkey Woman, the Human Pincushion and the unforgettable “Popeye”.
An enormous grizzly bear embarks on a murderous rampage in a national park, killing campers, hunters, and anyone else who gets in its way. But when rangers push to close the park, craven officials decide to keep it open. Sound familiar? A year after JAWS broke records, director William Girdler set out to cash in with a knockoff – and guess what? It worked. Grizzly became the top independent hit of 1976, grossing nearly $30 million dollars and inspiring many more animal attack thrillers – including Girdler’s semi-sequel Day of the Animals the following year.
Day of the Animals (1977)
A group of animal lovers are hunted by killer critters during a camping trip in this over-the-top cult classic from B-movie maestro William Girdler. Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George and Ruth Roman are among the campers whose hike turns into a death march when bears, birds, bugs and more start attacking. Though the campy attempts at staging the kills often induce more laughter than fear, especially the scene in which Nielsen fights a bear rug, DOTA still offers jolting thrills for all fans of the animal attack genre.
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