Original film THE LAST THING MARY SAW, one of the highlights of this month of January on SHUDDER
Shudder highlights for the month of January include a range of new original films; For the love of Vicious, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, The Last Thing Mary Saw and Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster.
For the love of the vicious
New films premiering on January 6
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Romina, an overworked nurse and single mom, returns home after her late shift on Halloween night to find a madman hiding with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descends on their home, the trio realize that the only way out is to work together and fight for their survival. Featuring Colin Paradine, Lora burke, Nick smyth.
Directed by Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen.
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A Popular Horror Story
New documentaries premieres on January 10
From screenwriter / director / co-producer Kier-La Janisse comes “a seductive mega-text” (Indiewire) through the history of popular horror, with excerpts from over 200 films and interviews with over 50 filmmakers, authors and academics who explore the rural roots, occult beliefs and cultural traditions that continue to shape the international cinema. An “amazing achievement” (Screen anarchy) this Morgue street calls it “an unprecedented journey to where popular horror has been, where it is going and ultimately what it says about humanity.” Winner of the 2021 SXSW Audience Award and 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival, Bewitched Dark and Days Woodlands was hailed as “brilliant” (AV Club) and “of a breathtaking epic” (Cinematic threat) and is perhaps the quintessential genre documentary of our time.
Written, directed and co-produced by: Kier-La Janisse.
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The last thing Mary saw
New films premiering on January 20
Southold, New York, 1843: Young Mary (Stefanie Scott, Insidious Chapter 3), blood flowing from behind the blindfold tied around her eyes, is asked about the events surrounding her grandmother’s death. As the story goes back in time, we see Mary, raised in a repressive religious home, finding fleeting happiness in the arms of Eleanor (Isabelle Fuhrmann, Orphan), the maid. Her family, who believe they see, speak and act in the name of God, regard the girls’ relationship as an abomination to be treated as harshly as possible. The couple attempt to continue in secret, but someone is still watching or listening, and the wages of perceived sin threatens to turn into death, with the tension only heightened by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger (Rory culkin, Lords of Chaos) and the revelation of greater forces at work.
Directed by Edoardo Vitaletti.
Boris Karloff: the man behind the monster
New documentaries premiering on January 27
Beginning just before its debut as a creation of Frankenstein, Boris Karloff: the man behind the monster Compellingly explores the life and legacy of a film legend, presenting an insightful history of the genre he personified. His films have long been ridiculed as hokum and attacked by censorship. But his phenomenal popularity and pervasive influence endure, inspiring some of our greatest actors and directors in the 21st century – among them. Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman, Roger corman & Jean Landis all and many others bring their personal points of view and their anecdotes.
Directed by Thomas Hamilton.
NEW SHUDDER SERIES
Etheria: Season 3
New series premiered on January 18
Etheria Season 3 takes viewers to strange new worlds with female-directed episodes about medieval warlords and wizards, musical androids, apocalyptic western shooters, must-see time loops, dead buddies comedies , middle-aged mercenary assassins, homicidal hairdressers, demented surreal slashers and auto body parts.
THE FOLK HORROR COLLECTION
In addition to the streaming premiere of Bewitched Dark and Days Woodlands, the definitive popular horror documentary, Shudder is proud to present a collection of films from the genre, including new additions Alison’s birthday, The edge of the knife and eyes of fire the 11the January, with City of the dead, the coronation, Impetigore, Jug face, The last wave, Messiah of Evil, The midday witch and Prevent, already available in the Shudder Film Library.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SHUDDER LIBRARY
After being whisked away by a stranger, Lisa wakes up in a tube. On his arm is attached a bracelet with a countdown timer. She quickly realizes that every 8 minutes the fire burns an occupied section. She has no choice but to crawl through safe sections to survive. To find out why she is here and how to get out of it, Lisa will have to face the memories of her deceased daughter.
A series of stories woven together by one of our most primitive fears, the fear of the unknown.
A preacher is accused of adultery, and he and his followers are kicked out of the city. They find themselves stranded in an isolated forest, haunted by the spirits of long-dead Native Americans.
Getting its first official release since the VHS era, this Australian paranormal cult is unearthed! During a Ouija board session with her teenage friends, 16-year-old Alison receives a message from beyond the grave not to return home for her 19th birthday. Fast-forward three years later to the week of her 19th birthday: she gets a call from her mom telling her they’re having a party to celebrate and they want her there alone.
Edge of the Knife is a Haida-language feature film about pride, tragedy and penance. Adiits’ii, the film’s main character, is pushed mentally and physically to the brink of survival and becomes Gaagiixiid / Gaagiid – the Haida Wildman. The Gaagiixiid is one of Haida’s most popular stories, supported over the years through song and performance.
A group of four amateur adventurers specializing in exploring remote and abandoned places visit Shookum Hills, a town in the remote Appalachians that was abandoned decades ago due to a mysterious coal mine fire.
A group wandering in a remote part of the Pacific Northwest comes across a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads who want to make sure all evidence is removed. With Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat and a terrifying Patrick Stewart.
On a desolate stretch of the desert highway, two men fleeing their past, a band on their way to the next concert, a man struggling to get home, a brother looking for his long-lost sister, and a family in vacations are forced to face their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven stories of terror and remorse on the open road. With segments of directors of Ready or Not, The night house and Body at Brighton Rock.
When tragedy shakes Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Maddy shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. The move creates a wedge between Maddy and his ex-girlfriend Leena – a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a showdown with the soccer team, Maddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride that leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape.
A runaway teenager participates in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a chilling examination of the power of dreams.
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