Join Us For ShudderFest This Saturday, October 31st
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Join Us For ShudderFest This Saturday, October 31st

by Shudder
October 28, 2020

If, like us, you’re staying home for Halloween this year, never fear — we’ve got you covered. We’re bringing the spooky festivities to you with ShudderFest, an at-home horror celebration for everyone. The wicked all-day virtual event will feature panels, presentations, conversations and screenings led by legendary genre icons, fan-favorite musicians, and acclaimed directors, writers, and producers. It’s free for everyone and accessible around the world via the ShudderFest website.

“Most people aren’t able to go out for Halloween this year due to the pandemic,” said Shudder General Manager, Craig Engler, “so we decided to bring Halloween home to them with an all-day celebration of everything that’s spooky and scary. And it’s not limited to Shudder members either — anyone around the world can participate in ShudderFest, because Halloween is a holiday that everyone should be able to enjoy.”

The full schedule and lineup can be seen below*, but here’s a taste of some of the incredible highlights to look forward to: a virtual hang with “horror royalty” including genre legends Tony Todd (Candyman), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and others; a conversation between the stars and creators of 2020’s Zoom-horror Host and the makers of 1999’s found-footage masterpiece, The Blair Witch Project; a panel of horror-loving musicians including Bright Light Bright Light and Starcrawler’s Arrow De Wilde; Scary Story Time with Scare Me’s Josh Ruben and friends; a special recording of The Kingcast podcast with Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero; and a one-time secret screening of a future Shudder Original film that won’t be available until 2021.


Saturday, Oct. 31, Starting 12 pm ET/9 am PT/4 pm UK

All Events to Stream Free on Except Secret Screening

12pm ET — Welcome to ShudderFest with host Keith David

Horror Royalty Hangout

Doug Bradley (Hellraiser franchise), Robert Englund (Elm Street franchise), Lance Henriksen (Alien franchise), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th franchise), actor/director/FX master Tom Savini, Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise), and Tony Todd (Candyman franchise), moderated by Yahoo Entertainment’s Kevin Polowy.

1pm ET — Blair Witch x Host

The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sánchez, producer Michael Monello, and co-producer Greg Hale in conversation with Host director/co-writer Rob Savage and stars Haley Bishop and Emma Louise Web, moderated by Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman.

2pm ET — The Future of Black Horror

A look at the thrilling present and bold future of Black Horror with Rusty Cundieff (director, Tales from the Hood), Tananarive Due (exec producer, Horror Noire), Shannon M. Houston (writer, HBO’s Lovecraft Country), Victor LaValle (author, The Ballad of Black Tom), and Kamil Oshundara (cultural executive, Monkeypaw Productions), moderated by journalist/writer Evan Narcisse.

3pm ET — Interview with the Glampire

A blood draining dissertation with Paperbacks from Hell’s Grady Hendrix.

4pm ET — Musicians Who 🖤 Horror

Popstar Bright Light Bright Light, GWAR’s The Berserker Blothar, Pustulus Maximus & Sawborg Destructo, Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steve Stevens, and Starcrawler lead singer Arrow de Wilde, moderated by Yahoo Entertainment’s Lyndsey Parker.

5pm ET — Story Time with Scare Me’s Josh Ruben & Friends

Scare Me’s writer-director-star Josh Ruben shares spooky stories with friends Frank Garcia-Hejl (Scare Package), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Dreama Walker (Doubt), and Astronomy Club’s Jonathan Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milliga.

6pm ET — Inside The Mortuary Collection

Meet the team behind the horror anthology that Sam Raimi called “a twisted tapestry of grisly fun and endlessly inventive terror” — writer/director Ryan Spindell, star Clancy Brown, and producers Allison Friedman and T. Justin Ross. Followed by Kirk Hammett’s Top Five Moments in Horror and Keith David Answers Your Questions

7pm ET — The Kingcast podcast with special guest Greg Nicotero

The Kingcast, a podcast devoted to Stephen King by veteran film bloggers Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler, sits down to discuss adapting the author’s works with showrunner, writer, director, and FX maestro Greg Nicotero, who has directed two King stories for Creepshow and created FX for multiple other King adaptations.

9pm ET — Members Only Double Feature: Halloween and Secret Screening on Shudder TV*

Shudder members can wrap up their ShudderFest with a special double feature of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic (US and CA only) at 9pm ET/6pm PT and a special one one-time-only preview of a future Shudder film that won’t stream again until 2021 (but we can’t tell you which one!) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT (in all Shudder territories).

*Available only via the Shudder TV feed on Shudder’s apps and site in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Shudder membership required; 7- day free trial available.

*Panel titles, guests, and times are subject to change.

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