AMC network’s all horror/thriller streaming platform Shudder has acquired exclusive streaming rights in all its territories for Slapface and The Advent Calendar ahead of their FrightFest UK debuts later this month. The films join the recently acquired Offseason and The Last Thing Mary Saw, which we reported last week.
“Shudder members will have exclusive access to some of the most exciting and compelling festival films in the months ahead,” said Craig Engler, general manager of Shudder. “We are excited to debut Patrick Ridremont’s chilling French horror fantasy The Advent Calendar just in time for the holidays and Jeremiah Kipp’s mysterious and eerie Slapface next year. They will join American gothic horror Offseason and unique period feature The Last Thing Mary Saw along with many other exclusive series and films to haunt and delight our members.”
About the films:
The Advent Calendar: Writer/director Patrick Ridremont’s French horror fantasy is an ornate and elegant chiller. Eva (Eugénie Derouand, Paris Police 1900), an ex-dancer, is now living in a wheelchair, unable to walk. When her friend Sophie (Honorine Magnier, Tomorrow is Ours) gives her an old wooden antique advent calendar before Christmas, she realizes each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life. Some of them are good, but most of them are bad, really bad. Now Eva will have to choose between getting rid of the calendar or walking again – even if it causes death and destruction to everyone she holds dear around her.
The film was produced by Alain Benguigui, Virginie Ogouz, Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts, and will premiere on Shudder in December 2021.
Slapface: Is there a relationship more special than that of a boy and his monster? After Lucas (August Maturo, The Nun) and Tom (Mike Manning, The Call) lose their mother in an accident, they think they only have each other to lean on. But Lucas has become fascinated by local myths of a monster (Lukas Hassel, The Black Room) in the woods, reciting the rhyme that kids have been repeating for generations whenever he walks by the abandoned hospital. When bullying girls from his school dare him to go inside, the rhyme comes to life and as Lucas’ visits become more frequent, the disappearances begin. But surely the Virago witch would never hurt him?
Written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp, Slapface won the Audience Award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival this year. It also stars Dan Hedaya (The Usual Suspects), Libe Barer (Sneaky Pete), Mirabelle Lee (The Blacklist), Bianca D’Ambrosio (yA) and Chiara D’Ambrosio (yA). The film was produced by Joe Benedetto, Artisha Mann Cooper, Mike Manning. Look for Slapeface on Shudder in 2022.
Offseason: Written and directed by Mickey Keating (Darling, Carnage Park, Psychopaths) and starring Jocelin Donahue(The House of the Devil) and Joe Swanberg(You’re Next, The Sacrament), this American Gothic horror follows a woman (Donahue) who travels to a desolate island town after receiving a mysterious letter and soon becomes trapped in a nightmare. The film was produced by Maurice Fadida and Eric B. Fleischman through their label Defiant Studios and financed by Kodiak Pictures. Stay tuned to iHorror for more information about the film’s Shudder premiere as it becomes available.
All of these films will be available on Shudder US, Shudder Canada, Shudder United Kingdom and Ireland, and Shudder Australia/New Zealand. iHorror will keep you updated on the latest information, including trailer releases, as news becomes available.