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Lovecraft’s Frightful Messenger
“West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut.”
So begins H.P. Lovecraft’s masterpiece The Colour Out of Space, a novella written and published in 1927 that Lovecraft himself considered his best short story. It tells the tale of the Gardner family, onto whose farm lands a meteorite from outer space which unleashes a mysterious, otherworldly “Colour” that first drives the inhabitants mad, then destroys and alters the land itself, finally changing the family into monsters.
The Horror Of Empathy In Lucky McKee’s MAY, The Original May Queen And MORE!
Human beings like to use the word “inhuman” to describe those who have done terrible things. We have to. To acknowledge the humanity of someone who could, say, stab a stranger in the neck with a pair of scissors is to acknowledge your own potential for violence, as well as that of everyone around you. And how are you supposed to go about your day like everything is fine when the guy squeezing kiwis at the grocery store could have human heads in his freezer?
Why TEETH Still Bites Back And MORE!
In 2007, Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Teeth premiered at Sundance, and audiences had no idea what to expect. Centered around an abstinence advocate who discovers she has sentient teeth inside her vagina, Teeth was a film that horrified and disgusted the majority of the cis men who saw it and was overwhelmingly loved by just about everyone else. Lionsgate and The Weinstein Co. immediately purchased the film, an irony that cannot go unnoticed.
DEMON And The History Of The Dybbuk, Zombie Warhol and MORE!
An endless stream of ghosts, demons, and monsters have been lifted from the realm of religion and adapted into on-screen terrors. Though these are often taken from Christianity, there are ruthless baddies that have been lifted from Judaism. The most common of the Jewish spooks is an old one known as the dybbuk.
Prepare to Enter THE DEAD LANDS
This January prepare to visit a strange and fantastic world where the dead stalk the living in a mythic Māori past: The Dead Lands, a new original series co-produced with TVNZ in New Zealand. The series, which premieres January 23 on Shudder, features a murdered Māori warrior, Waka Nuku Rau (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who’s sent …
Shudder Filmmakers’ Favorite Horror Of The Decade
As we say goodbye to 2019 and the 2010s, and all those “Best Of…” horror lists keep coming in, the Shudder team thought we should contribute some of our favorites of the last decade. Well, our filmmakers’ favorites, that is. That’s right, as a special year-end Bite for all our devoted readers, we decided to ask some of the filmmakers on Shudder to share their favorite horror films of the past decade.
Bear Witness To The END OF DAYS, A Killer Mashup, And MORE!
After a risky heart surgery in 1997, Arnold Schwarzenegger took some time off from making movies, which lead to considerable audience anticipation for his big return. So it makes sense that he opted for End Of Days because he’d be fighting the actual Devil to save the world – the stakes had rarely been higher. But the movie was also a timely one when it was released in November of 1999 because the Devil had to pull off his plan by midnight on New Year’s Eve, and, at the time, we were all worried about the same moment; specifically, what might happen when the future threat of “Y2K” became the present.
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Krampus, A CHRISTMAS CAROL And MORE!
Some activities will forever be associated with the Christmas season: Roasting chestnuts over a fire; waking up early to catch the morning snowfall, with presents by the tree; dressing up like a horned demon-goat-man and threatening to shove bad neighborhood kids in a sack. You know, Christmas classics.
Strange Christmas Horror, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT And More!
‘Tis the month of December on this edition of The Bite;
And here comes Donato, who’s pro festive fright.
You may know Krampus, psycho Santas, elves undead;
And evil jolly demons who’d paint the North Pole red.
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, Junji Ito, Gift Guides And MORE!
The Night Of The Hunter (1955) is, simply, one of the iconic films of the 20th century. Visually enigmatic, it’s inspired some of cinema’s great auteurs from Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers to Spike Lee. It defies genre, working deftly as a psychological thriller, a horror movie, a family drama, and a staple of Film Noir. Though now recognized as a masterpiece, it is the only directing venture for prolific actor Charles Laughton; its failure so demoralized Laughton that he refused to get behind the camera again.
The Deaths That Inspired A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, A Gingerbread Overlook And MORE!
“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep” might be reasonable enough for Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), who understood that falling asleep meant falling prey to a knife-gloved man in a dirty red and green sweater. But what do you do when the threat awaiting you on the other side of sleep isn’t Freddy Krueger, but something more horrifying?
Amazing Fan Art From THE LAST DRIVE-IN
Every week on The Last Drive-In, Joe Bob Briggs served up a double feature of horror with helpings of movie history, critical analysis, inspired rants and occasional surprise guests. One of our favorite parts of #TheLastDriveIn was seeing the creativity Joe Bob’s movies picks inspired, a lot of which was shared with the hashtag #TheLastDrawIn, …
The Legacy Of DR. CALIGARI, Noirvember Horror And MORE!
It’s November which, for some film fans, means it’s time for the ultra-hashtaggable month-long celebration of all things Film Noir: #Noirvember. Folks tend to think of the genre as smokey bars, jazz, and dangerous dames, but it’s actually far more complex. With its roots firmly planted in German Expressionism and Horror, Film Noir can be traced back to a microbudget studio film from Weimar Germany that would completely change the face of cinema – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
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 …
Revisiting Tim Burton’s SLEEPY HOLLOW And MORE!
Fairy tales have long served as a moral guiding light for children. The works of The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, among others, have been cannibalized repeatedly throughout film history, each new adaptation attempting to outdo the last. We grew up on these stories, following Alice down the rabbit hole, flying with Aladdin over the Arabian Desert, and swimming in the depths of the ocean with Ariel. For many of us, our imaginations were molded by the Disney iterations of these fables. But most of the original stories feature some of the bleakest and most horrifying moments in literature.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL Revisited and MORE!
Haunted houses are a seminal setting within the horror genre. Their histories range from violent murders and demonic possession to witchcraft, ancient burial grounds, and insane asylums, all of which provide a menacing backdrop for tales of terror. This particular subgenre possesses a vastly experimental playground for technical execution and storyline that allows its visual aesthetic to thrive while the film’s characters spiral into madness, questioning the very fabric of life and death. Enter House on Haunted Hill.
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.