New to Shudder in September

Fans of George A Romero horror movies may want to subscribe to Shudder to catch the season-three premiere of an anthology based on his 1982 collaboration with Stephen King, Creepshow.

It uses a comic book format to showcase a series of vignettes that cover the gamut of horror sub-genres, from creatures and monsters to the supernatural and unexplainable.

Here’s what to expect, according to a SlashFilm report on what producer Greg Nicotero said at Comic-Con.

We have a Joe Hill story called ‘Mums’ that Rusty [Cundieff] directed, Ethan Embry stars in. There’s a couple original stories; the story that James stars in is called ‘Skeletons in the Closet’ about a prop collector who, as it turns out, is such a fanatical fan that he digs up skeletons that were used in movies to add to his prop collection. So it’s sort of loosely based on the legend that in Dawn of the Dead and Poltergeist that they used real skeletons as props for movies. I always loved the idea of, like, ‘Wait, that was a person and their skeleton was used?’ John Esposito wrote the script, I directed it, and James came in to play a couple days.

Earlier seasons rated highly with critics: “highly entertaining” (Sydney Morning Herald); “even when the stories don’t quite work, Nicotero nails the aesthetic” (Decider); “looks stunning” (Bloody Disgusting).

S3 will stream from September 23.

Continuing with new episodes every Thursday until September 16 will be Slasher: Flesh & Blood, which stars filmmaker David Cronenberg and follows a wealthy dysfunctional family that reunites on a secluded island where they’re pitted against one another in a cruel game of life and death while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer.

“Some of the performances from this ensemble are very thin, but the plotting is what matters here,” said, likening it to a mix of Agatha Christie and TV’s Harper’s Island.

“Actually, the best pitch for Slasher: Flesh & Blood may be this attention-getter: ‘Succession but with violent, gory murder scenes.’ Who doesn’t want to watch that?”

Also new next month will be four original movies:

 Superhost (September 2)

Teddy and Claire are travel vloggers who run a channel called Superhost where they travel and share their experiences in and around vacation homes. With dwindling subscriptions, they find the perfect opportunity to create content that people want to see when they meet Rebecca, the host of their most recent trip. Slowly they start to realise that something isn’t right with Rebecca, and as they investigate it further, they unlock a horrifying truth. She doesn’t just want a great review; she wants something far worse. Writer Brandon Christensen directs Sara Canning, Osric Chau, Gracie Gilliam and Barbara Crampton. 

Possessor (September 3)

Game-changing sci-fi thriller about an elite corporate assassin from Antiviral’s Brandon Cronenberg. Using brain-implant technology, Tasya Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment, Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her. Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh star.

Martyrs Lane (September 9)

Leah, 10, lives in a large, run down vicarage with her parents and hostile older sister. She can’t quite work out why her mother seems distant and is fascinated by the locket she wears around her neck. At night the vicarage seems to come alive with sounds. One morning, Leah spots the locket left on the bathroom shelf. She opens it and steals what she finds inside, sparking a chain of events that will turn the sounds that she hears at night into something much more frightening. Writer Ruth Platt directs  Denise Gough, Anastasia Hille and Steven Cree.

Séance (September 29)

Camille Meadows is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened. Screenwriter Simon Barrett directs Suki Waterhouse, Madisen Beaty and Inanna Sarkis. 

New library titles will include:

September 6

  • Ben
  • Willard

September 13

  • The Lawnmower Man
  • The Lawnmower Man 2

September 4

  • Kriya

September 20

  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • The Beast Must Die
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