Shudder’s Halloween Countdown

Over the next two months horror streaming service Shudder will celebrate the coming of Halloween with an unprecedented slate of premieres and exclusives.

“Every Halloween, we try to out-do ourselves,” Shudder general manager Craig Engler says.

“Last year we supersized the season, expanding our celebration to 61 days, and this year, we’re going even bigger by bringing Shudder members an unbeatable lineup of new original series and exclusive movie premieres every week, along with other special activities, starting this month.”

The first two movie premieres, vlogger thriller Superhost and hit-tech assassin horror Possessors, can be streamed from this weekend while still to come are ghost story Martyrs Lane (September 9) and college girls frightfest Seance (September 29).

You can read more about these here while the rest of the line-up will include:

V/H/S/94 (October 6)

The fourth instalment marks the return of the infamous found footage anthology with segments from franchise alumni Simon Barrett (Seance) and Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You Too) in addition to directors Jennifer Reeder (Knives & Skin), Ryan Prows (Lowlife) and Chloe Okuno (Slut). In V/H/S/94, after the discovery of a mysterious VHS tape, a brutish police swat team launch a high intensity raid on a remote warehouse, only to discover a sinister cult compound whose collection of pre-recorded material uncovers a nightmarish conspiracy. 

The Medium (October 14)

The winner of Best Film at the Bucheon International Film Festival 2021 concerns a documentary team following a shaman in Northern Thai whose niece shows strange symptoms of shamanism that become more extreme. From director Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter) and producer Na Hong-jin (director of The Wailing).

Horror Noire (October 28)

The follow-up to the acclaimed 2019 documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and features new work from established and emerging talents, showcasing stories of black horror from black directors and screenwriters. Anthology writers featured include Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle, Shernold Edwards, Al Letson and Ezra C. Daniels. Cast featured include Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer, Spartacus), Luke James (The Chi, Thoughts of a Colored Man), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, A Black Lady Sketch Show), Brandon Mychal Smith (Four Weddings and a Funeral, You’re the Worst), Sean Patrick Thomas (Macbeth, The Curse of La Llorona), Peter Stormare (American Gods, Fargo,) Malcolm Barrett (Genius: Aretha Franklin, Timeless) and Rachel True (The Craft, Half & Half).

TV premieres will include S3 of Creepshow, docuseries Behind the Monsters (October 27) and S4 of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (October 19).

Dragula follows ten drag artists from around the world competing for a $100,000 grand prize.

Guest judges include Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical film series), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Misha Osherovich (Freaky), Queer country music icon Orville Peck, pop metal star Poppy, Ray Santiago (Ash vs. The Evil Dead) and Bob the Drag Queen (We’re Here).

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