Shudder, AMC’s all horror/thriller streaming service, is a one-stop shop for genre fans, and it’s always interesting to see what they have in store for us from month to month with new premieres in a variety of formats from series to movies to podcasts.
February 2020 is no different and we’ve got all the details on their schedule of releases. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Shudder Original Podcasts
Horror Noire: Uncut–Much like they did with Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, the streaming service will offer full interviews from those who appeared in the their incredible documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror which debuted last year. Ashlee Blackwell, a producer on the documentary, will host the podcast. All episodes will be available on the release date and will feature the following:
- Candyman actor Tony Todd
- Blacula director William Crain and Tales from the Hood actor Paula Jai Parker
- Dawn of the Dead actor Ken Foree and from The Thing Keith David
- Author and educator Tananarive Due
- Author and educator Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman
- The Craft actor Rachel True
Shudder Original Series
Thursdays through March 5th
The Dead Lands–A New Zealand import by Glenn Standring based on his film by the same name, The Dead Lands is set in a mythical Maori past and centers on a disgraced warrior Waka Nuku Rau (Te Kohe Tuhaka) who is sent back to earth to redeem his soul only to find the world ravaged by restless spirits. He soon meets a young woman named Mehe (Darneen Christian) who becomes both his protege and moral compass and the two set out together in an attempt to heal a broken world.
Movies Release Schedule for February 2020
Child’s Play—It’s the film that birthed a franchise! Written by Don Mancini and directed by Tom Holland, Child’s Play is the story of serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) who uses voodoo to transfer his soul into a “Good Guy Doll.” When Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) buys the doll for her son, Andy (Alex Vincent), all hell breaks loose as Chucky decides the boy would be the perfect vessel for his tarnished soul and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way.
Escape from New York–John Carpenter’s stark dystopian film set in 1997 finds Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a hardened criminal, who is sent into Manhattan Island–which has been turned into a giant prison–to retrieve the President (Donald Pleasence) after he accidentally crash-lands there.
The Fog—Another classic from John Carpenter, The Fog boasts an all star cast including Andrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook, and John Houseman. When a tiny coastal town prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary, a strange fog filled with vengeful spirits invades the town and soon no one will be safe!
My Bloody Valentine (2009)–This remake of the classic 1981 slasher–the original is also streaming on Shudder–directed by Patrick Lussier stars Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, and Tom Atkins. When Tom (Ackles) returns to the mining town where he group on the anniversary of a massacre, the murders begin again and he soon finds himself racing against time to stop a killer who is seriously set-off by the holiday.
Night of the Comet–When a comet passes near the earth, it vaporizes nearly everyone alive. Now a small band of teenagers who survived while locked away in a steel projection booth must fend off flesh-eating zombies in order to survive. It’s a campy, fun, popcorn movie you have to see to believe.
Like Me–A young YouTuber, desperate for fame, sets out on a cross-country crime spree which she broadcasts live via social media. Directed by Robert Mockler, this trippy film stars Addison Timlin and Larry Fessenden.
The Whistler–This chilling short film from Jennifer Nicole Stang finds teenage Lindsey forced to babysit her younger sister, Becky, while their parents go out for the night. Becky asks Lindsey to read her “The Whistler,” a bedtime story about a man who leads children to a magical place in the woods where they’ll never have to grow up. Instead, Lindsey tells her the “real” story, about a man who lured children to their deaths. When Lindsey wakes to find Becky missing, she’s forced to go out into the night to try to save her sister.
Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Shudder Original)–This Finnish film stars Pekka Strang and Krista Kosonen. Strang plays a man emotionally paralyzed after the death of his wife who finds he is finally able to release some of his pain and make a connection after meeting a dominatrix played by Kosonen.
Catcalls–A short film from Ireland directed by Kate Dolan finds a man cruising around late at night looking for something very specific. He pulls over to ask two women for directions but when they approach, he flashes them to get a cheap thrill then drives away into the night. Unfortunately for him, he chose the wrong women and he’ll soon pay dearly for that mistake.
The Golden Glove–Based on the novel by the same name, The Golden Glove relates the tale of notorious German serial killer Franz Honka who turns his favorite bar into a hunting ground for young, single women he can bring back to his terrifying attic killing space.
The Hills Have Eyes–Wes Craven’s classic cult film follows a family on vacation who stumbles upon a terrifying tribe of mutated killers in the desert. Craven boldly asked his audience “what is a family and why does one deserve to survive more than the other” and the answer was horrifying.
Prom Night–Jamie Lee Curtis stars in a film about a group of high school students who share a terrible secret as they prepare for the prom. Unfortunately for them, the sins of their past are far from buried and soon a killer stalks what should be one of the happiest nights of their lives.
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II–Weird and a little wacky, this “sequel” to Prom Night tells the story of Mary Lou Maloney, a sexually free young woman who unfortunately burns to death after being crowned prom queen. Thirty years later, Mary Lou returns to possess a girl getting ready for the prom so she can take her revenge on the man who was responsible for her death.
3 From Hell (Shudder Exclusive)–Rob Zombie’s third film in the trilogy that began with House of 1000 Corpses finds Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood, and Captain Spaulding on Death Row. After Spaulding’s execution, Baby and Otis make their escape with the help of Otis’s half brother, they set out on a killing-spree the world will never forget.
Blanketty–From director Clara Mamet: A woman attempts to exploit the human experience to use as a dataset for a program that will generate an infinite number of scenarios through machine learning. Unfortunately, as the computer continues to fail, the people contributing to the dataset start running out of ideas.
Seoul Station–The animated prequel to Train to Busan finds chaos descending upon a train station in Seoul as the homeless succumb to a zombie outbreak while a father arrives at the station searching for his runaway daughter.
Return of the Living Dead 3–When his girlfriend dies in a motorcycle accident, a young man uses the deadly Trioxin to bring her back to life and he’ll do anything to help her sustain herself.
Jessica Forever–The film follows a woman named Jessica caught in a dystopian world where violent misfits lurk around every corner. Her fight for a peaceful life for herself and her makeshift family will put her beliefs to the ultimate test.
Dog Soldiers–Neil Marshall’s 2002 werewolf film deserves a place on any horror collector’s shelf and it’s good to see it will be streaming on Shudder. The film takes place on the Scottish Highlands where a military group discovers the remains of Specials Ops squad that has literally been torn to pieces. As the night fills with terrifying howling, the soldiers discover that no amount of training could have prepared them for the terrifying creatures that haunt the night.
Empathy Inc.–An investor in a VR startup discovers that the reality the company provides isn’t virtual.
Wendigo–Patricia Clarkson and Jake Weber star in this film about a family stealing away to upstate New York for a weekend who find themselves in a fight for survival when they are hunted by the spirit of the Wendigo, conjured by their son’s imagination.
In addition to all of these fantastic and terrifying films, Shudder will also feature a special collection of films for Valentine’s Day. Titled Love Sick, the collection will appear on February 1st and it includes:
- Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (starting 2/6)
- Lizzie and Beast
- My Bloody Valentine (1981)
- The Love Witch
- Ganja & Hess
- Double Love
- Are We Not Cats
- Little Deaths
- Kiss of the Damned
- Return of the Living Dead III
- Night of the Living Debs
- A Discovery of Witches
- Prom Night (starting 2/10)
- Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (starting 2/10)
There’s definitely a lot to see here. Don’t miss out on all of these great films in February on Shudder!