It’s almost impossible to believe that 2020 aka the Never-Ending Year from Hell is over halfway behind us. Yet, here we are, and Shudder has us covered for August with something for everyone!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve really grown to love finding out what spooky treats Shudder has lined up as each new month approaches. Check out their release schedule below with a bonus treat coming on July 30th!
Host: Director Rob Savage (Dawn of the Dead) brings us this new horror thriller! Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown but get far more than they bargain for as things quickly go wrong. Host was shot remotely during quarantine and features practical scares, stunts, and surprises, all filmed by the actors in their own homes. Savage was never in the same room with his actors during the entire filming of the Host, and we can’t wait to see how this one turns out! (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
Squirm: Beware the crawling terror! A surge from a downed powerline mutates a seemingly endless population of worms into a bloodsucking, man-eating onslaught. This classic creature feature from Jeff Lieberman will make your skin crawl! (Also available on Shudder Canada)
Urban Legends: Final Cut: Jennifer Morrison, Eva Mendes, Anthony Anderson, and Joseph “Joey” Lawrence star in this sequel to 1998’s Urban Legend. A film student’s thesis project runs into production problems when her cast and crew members start turning up dead.
Amityville 1992: It’s About Time: Sometimes the evil is just too big to contain. An antique clock brought back from New York brings supernatural terror to a California neighborhood.
La Llorona: Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protesters threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives. This award-winning film is directed by Jaryo Bustamante. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
Ringu, Ringu 2, Ringu 0: In the film that kicked off the franchise as well as a Western surge in interest in so-called J-horror, a group of teenage friends are found dead, their faces twisted in terror, supposed victims of an urban legend about a cursed videotape. One year after the success of his horror classic, director Hideo Nakata returned to the world of viral video to deliver his own follow-up. And in the prequel Ringu 0, a journalist tracks a young woman who uses her supernatural powers to kill members of an acting troupe. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS: SUMMER SLEEPOVER SPECIAL: Fire up the popcorn and slip into your PJs: Joe Bob Briggs, America’s foremost drive-in movie critic, is back for a special summer sleepover double-feature. Joining Joe Bob and Darcy in the trailer park will be director Adam Green (Frozen, Hatchet series) along with other surprise guests.
Jawbreaker: Teen girls must cover up the accidental murder of a friend in this twisted ‘90s classic directed by Darren Stein and starring Rose McGowan, Judy Greer, Rebecca Gayheart, Pam Grier, and Carol Kane.
Hellmaster: A mad professor at a rural campus injects students with a drug to make them superhuman mutants. The film stars genre icon John Saxon. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
Uncaged: Dick Maas directed this creature feature about a zoo veterinarian caught up in a grisly adventure as she leads the hunt for a monstrous lion terrorizing Amsterdam. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
Random Acts of Violence: Comic book creator Todd, his wife, assistant and best friend all embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con, and bad things start to happen: people start getting killed. Is a crazed fan using Todd’s “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for his stylized slaughter? Jay Baruchel directed and also stars in the film along with Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster, and Niamh Wilson. (Also available on Shudder UK)
The Evil: A psychologist and his wife turn a house of the devil into a drug-rehabilitation center. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
Mortuary: Christie has been having terrifying nightmares ever since her father drowned, causing her to re-evaluate the circumstances surrounding his death. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
One Dark Night: Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans, Leslie Speights, Donald Hotton star in this film directed by Tom McLoughlin. As part of an initiation into a club called The Sisters, a young girl must spend the night in a mausoleum. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
30 Miles from Nowhere: When five college pals return home for their estranged friend’s funeral, what begins as an uneasy reunion becomes a terrifying fight for survival. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
The Shed: Stan and his best friend Dommer have put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a ravenous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. But Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind. (Also available on Shudder Canada)