Recently the AMC Networks streaming service to go to when you want to watch horror, Shudder, announced that they would be releasing 11 killer original movies in 11 weeks. Some of these titles will be making the film festival circuit and appear at Sundance, Tribeca, and more. Plus, “five of the eleven are directed or co-directed by female filmmakers.”
When talking about the growing collection of films that are being continuously added, Shudder’s General Manager, Craig Engler, said:
“2020 set a new standard for Shudder Original and Exclusive films with more than 40 premieres, including two, ‘La Llorona’ and ‘Impetigore’—submitted by their home countries for Oscar consideration, and another, the Zoom-based ‘Host,’ capturing our unique quarantine moment better than any other film released last year. 2021 is set to be even bigger, with films from both established horror masters and exciting new voices premiering nearly every week. First-quarter is just the beginning as we continue to grow the best library of exclusive horror in streaming.”
Here is the list of the 11 films that are being released in 11 weeks:
HUNTED — premiered on January 14
This is a modern and radical take on the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ fable. What started as a flirtatious encounter at a bar turns into a life-or-death struggle as Eve (Lucie Debay) becomes the unknowing target of a misogynistic plot against her. Forced to flee as a predator (Arieh Worthalter) and his accomplice pursue her through the forest, she’s pushed to extremes while fighting to survive in the wilderness—but survival isn’t enough for Eve. She will have revenge. It was directed by Academy Award-nominated co-director Vincent Paronnaud. A Shudder Original, also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ.
THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC — premieres on January 28
In this terrifying tale of buried secrets and supernatural revenge from two of Indonesia’s modern masters of horror, a middle-class family travels into rural Indonesia to visit the orphanage’s terminally ill director, where the father was raised as a child. Sinister events soon befall them and the other visiting families as the orphanage’s dark history come to light. Starring Ario Bayu and Hannah Al, written by Joko Anwar, and directed by Kimo Stamboel. A Shudder Original, also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ.
A NIGHTMARE WAKES — premieres on February 4
A gothic period piece inspired by the torrid love affair of Mary and Percy Shelley and the creation of her famous novel, ‘Frankenstein. As she creates her masterpiece, she gives birth to a monster. Directed by Nora Unkel. Starring Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Philippe Bowgen, Lee Garrett, Claire Glassford, and Shannon Spangler. A Shudder Original, that is also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ.
AFTER MIDNIGHT — premieres February 11 (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival)
Ten years into his small-town, storybook romance with Abby (Brea Grant, Lucky), Hank (Jeremy Gardner, The Battery) suddenly wakes up to an empty home. With nothing but a cryptic note to explain why she left, Hank’s charmed life begins to fall apart. To make matters worse, Abby’s disappearance seems to trigger the arrival of a ferocious creature that crawls out of the old grove on the edge of his property. This film is directed by Jeremy Gardner (The Battery) and Christian Stella (Tex Montana Will Survive). A Shudder Exclusive, available on Shudder US only.
SHOOK — premieres on February 18
When Mia, a social media star, becomes the target of an online terror campaign, she has to solve a series of games to prevent people she cares about from getting murdered. But is it real? Or is it just a game at her expense? Starring Daisye Tutor (Guest House), Emily Goss (Snapshots), Nicola Posener (The Bold and the Beautiful), Octavius J. Johnson (Sleepless), Stephanie Simbari (Here and Now), and Grant Rosenmeyer (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). Directed by Jennifer Harrington (Housekeeping). A Shudder Original, also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ.
THE DARK AND THE WICKED — premieres on February 25 (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival)
On a secluded farm, a man is bedridden and fighting through his final breaths while his wife (Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Preacher) slowly succumbs to overwhelming grief. Siblings Louise (Marin Ireland, Hell or High Water) and Michael (Michael Abbot Jr, The Death of Dick Long) return home to help, but it doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, they begin to suffer a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that an evil entity is taking over their family. Directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers). A Shudder Exclusive, also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ.
LUCKY — premieres on March 4 (Official Selection SXSW Film Festival)
Putting a fresh spin on the home invasion subgenre, this surreal feminist thriller follows a self-help book author (Brea Grant, who also scripted) who suddenly finds herself stalked by an elusive and dangerous man and becomes caught in a struggle to regain control over her life. Directed by Natasha Kermeni (Imitation Girl). A Shudder Original, also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ.
STAY OUT OF THE F**KING ATTIC — premieres on March 11
A diverse group of ex-cons-turned-movers—played by Morgan Alexandria (Forever My Girl), Ryan Francis (Sisters), and Bryce Fernelius (Ruling of the Heart)—are convinced by their creepy client, Vern Muller (Michael Flynn, The Outpost), to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, including boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters, and more. Will they survive the night? Directed by Jerren Lauder. A Shudder Original, also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ.
KOKO-DI, KOKO-DA — premieres on March 18 (Official Selection Sundance Film Festival)
As an unhappy couple (Leif Edlund, Operation Ragnarok, and Ylva Gallon, Corridor) embark on a camping trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist (Danish rockstar Peter Belli) and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick. Directed by Johannes Nyholm (The Giant). A Shudder Exclusive, also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder ANZ.
SLAXX — premieres on March 18
A possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, Slaxx proceeds to wreak carnage on staff locked in overnight to set up the new collection. Starring Romane Denis (Slut in a Good Way), Brett Donahue (Private Eyes), Sehar Bhojani (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Stephen Bogaert (The Umbrella Academy). Directed by Elza Kephart (Go in the Wilderness). A Shudder Original, also available on Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ.
VIOLATION — premieres on March 25 (Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2021, Toronto International Film Festival)
With her marriage on the verge of collapse, Miriam returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law after years apart. But one evening, a small slip in judgment leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. She embarks on an extreme course of action to address the situation, but the price of revenge is high, and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel. Directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. A Shudder Original, also available on Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ.
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