The Shudder Team
Halloween Hotline A Howling Hit
Halloween was a special smash this year at Shudder as our head curator, Sam Zimmerman, took to the phones with our brand new Halloween Hotline. Fans of Shudder could call in to get a personalized recommendation from the Shudder library to fill their Halloween weekend with scares, splatters, and terror. The hour flew by, with …
THE SKELETON DANCE, The History Of The Danse Macabre And MORE!
This year marks the 90th anniversary of Disney Cartoons’ innovative Silly Symphony series debut, The Skeleton Dance. Directed by the mouse man himself and drawn by Ub Iwerks, the short film features midnight mischief as a group of skeletons rise and dance a gruesome jig in a howling graveyard. Playing tunes on each other’s ribcages and stacking their skulls together, the dead unite for one night only, all to the cheeky tunes of composer Carl W. Stalling.
Tobe Hooper’s Haunted Houses, The Man Of A Thousand Faces and MORE!
Life (and death) lessons from the late great Tobe Hooper: meat is murder, monsters wear human faces (some more literally than others), and the haunted house is where you find it. From the ode to nihilism that is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the slow-burning dread of Salem’s Lot to the niche favorite that is Lifeforce and beyond, Hooper returned to the haunted house more often than any other director in our beloved genre. Despite this, he never once made an entirely typical haunted house movie. Eschewing cobwebs and bats, he was able to mine new terrors from an old archetype by knowing its essence so intimately.
Joe Bob’s Back For a HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY
On Monday, the one and only Joe Bob Briggs announced the return of The Last Drive-In for the triple-feature extravaganza of the season: Joe Bob’s Halloween Hootenanny. Like A Very Joe Bob Christmas and Dinners of Death before it, the Halloween Hootenanny will feature three films themed for the occasion, but the titles are still top secret.
Shock ‘n’ Roll High School: The Origins of Shock Rock and MORE!
History crowned Alice Cooper the king of shock rock a long time ago, and rightly so. But it’s always fun to remember who paved the path for our modern music monsters. So, with our holiest of holidays on the horizon, let’s look back at Cooper’s great-granddaddy of shock – Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins.
Extreme Haunts, Halloween Movie Picks and MORE!
The world of extreme haunts is fueled by curiosity and controversy. I’ve crawled through electrified shock tunnels, been locked in coffins, and covered in real cockroaches. People go to extreme haunts to either learn something about themselves, to try to overcome their worst fears, or for the therapeutic value of being scared, what I like to call “scareapy”. But how did we get here? When did haunted houses for Halloween go from mazes where monsters yelled “BOO!” to hands-on, full-contact experiences?
31 Days of Halloween Shudder Viewing Guide
Every movie and series you’ll find on Shudder has been chosen with care by our team, led by Head Curator Samuel Zimmerman. But for Halloween, Sam has whipped up a special viewing list with a mix of new exclusives, essential classics and world-premiere Creepshow episodes guaranteed to keep your horror buzz going all month long. …
The CREEPSHOW Poster You Never Saw… Until Now
By now, we’re sure you’ve seen our official Creepshow poster, designed by Mike Broom, who also created amazing comic book art for the series. The series poster harkens back to the iconic illustrated posters for Creepshow and Creepshow 2—only now the Creep isn’t in the box office or seated on the theater aisle, he’s right …
The Birth, Death, & Resurrection of American Horror Comics and MORE!
The war was over, the American Dream was dreamt once more, and comic books were sold by the millions. Pre-WWII comics were sanitary ordeals, but, by the late 1940s, post-war sensitivity was settling and publishers began exploring adult-oriented content inspired by rising fears. And so, in the final years of the 1940s, the Golden Age of horror was dawning.
Gallery: Check Out CREEPSHOW’s Hollywood Premiere
Creepshow is a week away from its Shudder debut, but cast, crew and some fans got an early look at the series this week during a premiere screening at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Two of the series stars joined showrunner Greg Nicotero at the event: Adrienne Barbeau, who appears in the segment …
The Terrifying Normalcy of Stephen King and MORE!
It’s rare that one writer shapes an entire generation or two, and rarer still when one shapes the cultural and literary landscape of an entire country. The United Kingdom has J.K. Rowling; Japan had Soseki Natsume; Nigeria had Chinua Achebe.
In the United States, we have Stephen King.
Hit Zombie Comedy ONE CUT OF THE DEAD in Theaters Now
One of the most successful box office stories of the decade, Shinichiro Ueda’s hilarious and heartfelt zombie horror/comedy One Cut of the Dead, begins its limited theatrical run today in both Los Angeles, CA and New York City, NY. Not in those cities? Fear not: On September 17th, the film will have special one-off screenings …
Issa López’s TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is Now on Shudder
After spending over a year stunning audiences on its festival run, writer/director Issa López’s incredible fantasy/horror film Tigers Are Not Afraid is hits Shudder today. Thrillist has said that audiences, “simply won’t find a much better genre film this year,” while Dread Central calls it, “…a marvelous, devastating, important film.” And some of horror’s most …