I have always loved the idea of a “horror jeopardy”. Being a long-time genre enthusiast I have even wondered if I have the mettle to stand up against some of the most well known horror historians in the business. Maybe we won’t have the answer to that particular question, BUT we can certainly see some of horror’s best and brightest vie for the title of horror’s top know-it-all.
Hosted by genre enthusiast Peter Hopkins, the Quiz on Haunted Hill takes four contestants renowned for the horror knowledge and pits them against each other in a horror trivia battle royale. With several episodes still left to air:
Horror Hostess Special 2 Quiz: Friday 5th June 2020 at 9pm (British Summer Time)
Horror Host Special Quiz: Friday 12th June 2020 at 9pm (British Summer Time)
The show has also promised a “Horror Host Special” for Friday June 12th featuring David Black (a.k.a. Count Funghoula), Frank Ailsworth (a.k.a. Lord Blood-Rah), James Currie (a.k.a. Al Omega) and Scott Paulson (a.k.a. Keymaster Slasher Poe).
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INDIE HORROR RISING is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with indie horror filmmakers, writers, actors, distributors, and others working in today’s diverse indie horror film community. The podcast is intended for fellow filmmakers, genre fans, and students who are interested in in-depth discussions of the challenges, opportunities, and behind-the-scenes fun of indie horror filmmaking. Recent guests on the first several episodes of the podcast have been Keith Leopard, Founder/CEO of the distributor Uncork’d Entertainment; director/actor/producer Miles Doleac of the upcoming film THE DINNER PARTY; and filmmakers Casey Dillard and Glenn Payne of the upcoming film DRIVEN!
THE NURSERY is the 2018 debut feature from THREE TORTURED minds, and the DVD includes great extras, including a filmmakers’ commentary track and a making-of documentary! Reviewers called THE NURSERY“chilling”, “awesome”, “creepy as hell”, “a real surprise”, and “one of the best horror films to come out of 2018”!
“THE DINNER PARTY” – SCARY BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTES
Bill Sage (American Psycho, “Power”) and Jeremy London (Mallrats, The Devil’s Dozen) star in writer-director Miles Doleac’s The Dinner Party, coming to theaters, DVD and Digital this June from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Renowned surgeon and culinary enthusiast, Carmine Braun, invites playwright, Jeffrey Duncan, and his wife to join his eccentric friends at their semi-annual dinner party, having promised to fund Duncan’s new play to Broadway. As the evening descends into madness, the group’s true intentions are revealed, along with an ancient secret that will change the Duncans’ lives and fortunes forever.
Lindsay Anne Williams, Mike Mayhall, Alli Hart, Ritchie Montgomery and Miles Doleac also star.
The Dinner Party will hit theaters June 5 (TBC), be available on DVD and Digital from Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango Now, Xbox, Dish Network, Direct TV and through local cable providers.
International Actress Bai Ling and celebrity superstar Ron Jeremy join the cast of what is now being called “possibly the craziest horror-comedy of all time”.
Just days after the release of the film’s first official trailer the producers behind the horror-comedy “The True Tale of Ole Splitfoot vs. The Lesbian Warrior Nuns of the Great White North” announce that both Bail Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage, Wild Wild West) and Ron Jeremy (The Boondock Saints, Orgazmo, Detroit Rock City)
These new additions to the cast join Michael Paré, Robert Lasardo, Bishop Stevens, Kaylee Williams, Jeanne Young, Julie Anne Prescott, Rebecca Rinehart, Max Koch, Katie Schooley and more. The film starts principal shooting this November, anticipating a second quarter 2021 release.
Set in a remote Canadian town ,whose only industry is the local maple syrup processing plant, a group of lesbian warrior nuns, posing as strippers, stand guard, vigilant; the last defense against the hordes of Satan.
Late one chilly, northern night strip club The Beaver Dam! becomes the final battleground for the forces of good and evil to go head to head as a young mother frantically looks to protect her child from certain damnation!
Award-winning Director Emma Dark’s Retro Sci-Fi Horror SALIENT MINUS TEN comes to DVD and Digital
Having recently completed a successful run on the film festival circuit, award-winning director Emma Dark’s cerebral, retro sci-fi/horror short SALIENT MINUS TEN now comes to DVD and Digital.
Synopsis: Adam Harper is an average man. And on an average day he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game… A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death.
Starring Alan Austen (Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back) as Adam Harper, with writer/director Emma Dark also taking a role as the antagonist of the story – The Woman. Chris Hampshire and Beric Read, alumni of Emma’s previous film “Seize the Night” (2015) star in supporting roles alongside newcomer Samantha Oci. The film is scored by LA-based composer Eric Elick and was shot by renowned DoP Philip Bloom (Red Tails, The Wonder List with Bill Weir). Other crew include sound designer Chris Collier, VFX artist Davy Simmons, and SFX makeup artist Mike Peel (The Descent, Evil Aliens, Shed of the Dead).
SALIENT MINUS TEN’s festival journey began in 2017 when it received a glitzy world premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square, London as part of The British Horror Film Festival, and went on to play at festivals including The Dark Side Magazine’s DarkFest, Starburst Magazine’s Media City Film Festival, Rue Morgue Magazine and Unstable Ground’s Little Terrors, Screenland Theatres and Downright Creepy’s Panic Fest, and many more!
The film picked up a number of awards and nominations during its festival run, including winning writer/director Emma Dark ‘Best Director’ at Starburst Magazine’s Media City Film Festival, and the ‘Albert Pyun Inspiration Award’ at The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in 2018.
Emma Dark commented: “After much anticipation I’m proud to be able to present SALIENT MINUS TEN to a wider audience on both DVD and digital following a successful festival run. The project has been a labour of love for me, and I’ve consistently been involved in the production in a much wider capacity than writer/director. I do hope people enjoy the film and I’d like to thank all my wonderful cast and crew for supporting my vision, and doing such a fantastic job of it.”
Autographed DVDs are available exclusively from Emma’s Etsy store (etsy.com/uk/shop/EmmaDarkOfficial), and come packaged as a BBFC 15 rated, two disc double bill presentation with Emma’s previous award-winning festival short, action/thriller SEIZE THE NIGHT. Collectors packs are available which include the DVD, alternative SALIENT MINUS TEN cover art by Simon Pritchard(artbeat64.com), and a set of four mini lobby cards.
SALIENT MINUS TEN is also viewable online via Emma’s YouTube channel (with a digital premiere set for 27 May 7:30pm GMT London time, including a YouTube ‘Live Chat’ with Dark).
Europe’s top escape room/horror experience, The Amsterdam Catacombs, is now available to play from anywhere in the world.
From the release:
“As a means to continue to provide both horror hounds and escape room enthusiasts the opportunity for some of the entertainment they’ve grown to love in a new way that better fits the world’s current times, we have gone to great lengths to convert our physical experience into one that can be played online. With the cancellations of major film releases, closures of parks and haunts, and most major events being cancelled for the safety of the general public, new and fresh entertainment can be in short supply at the moment.
One of our main passions at Logic Locks is to provide people with entertainment and an escape from the very real horrors around us every day. We are proud to have converted our offline experience into one that can be accessible to anyone, anywhere, and at most times. Even before the pandemic closed most doors, escape rooms were always difficult for people with physical limitations or who lived too far away to play. Now we can give these people the opportunity to join in on what many have called the scariest escape room in Europe. Not to mention those simply stuck at home!
About us: Logic Locks is one of the Netherlands’ top rated escape room and real life gaming developers. We currently own and run two fixed escape rooms in different parts of Amsterdam, as well as various travelling rooms and custom commissioned escape experiences for various clients. The Amsterdam Catacombs was created as a means to showcase our passion for horror and to highlight how potent an escape room can be when there is a carefully woven story featured front and center. Our main focus, in every experience we curate, is to make our players forget about the real world for just a moment by means of acting and storytelling. Our experiences contain fun logic puzzles, but, most importantly, they put you into a completely unique world.”
Mongol Films has partnered with Bayview Entertainment to release much of their catalog in U.S. markets. The Mongolian collection covers a broad range of genre films with titles like, War, Love Club, Double Crossed, Life, The Last Princess of Royal Blood, Ten Soldiers of Genghis Khan, and Story of Us. Bayview is known for their dedication of keeping the classic DVD format alive throughout the country at fine retailers everywhere. Get ready, because these great Mongol Film titles are coming your way soon!
Mongol Films Distribution “MFD” is a production company that incorporates in film productions, post-productions, animations, rentals and distribution. MFD’s goal is to build a strong relationship between Mongolian and international film industry. We offer a wide variety of Mongolian films and partnered with great international companies to make impactful films and video products with a cost effective approach.
BayView Entertainment, LLC, is a full-service media company committed to acquire, develop, produce, market and distribute audio-visual content on streaming platforms as well as physical media. For over fifteen years, BayView made its name by being dedicated to releasing only the best programs in each category from some of the most trusted names in the field.
SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (premieres Thursday, June 4)
Some have called it the ‘gayest horror movie ever made,’ but for Mark Patton, the star of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, it was anything but a dream come true. 30 years after its initial release, Patton sets the record straight about the controversial sequel that halted his career before it even began. Detailing the homophobia and AIDS-phobia of 1985 as a closeted actor in Hollywood, Mark retraces his obstacles, missteps, and detractors on the pathway to stardom. Confronting the cast and crew for the first time, Mark attempts to make peace with his past as well as embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male scream queen. Starring Mark Patton, Robert Englund, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Marshall Bell, Clu Gulager and Jack Sholder. Directed by Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE (Also available on Shudder Canada) Trailer: https://youtu.be/Ia5togt44l8
WARNING: DO NOT PLAY (premieres Thursday, June 11)
Aspiring director Mi-jung struggles to come up with ideas for a new horror film until her friend Jun-seo tells her about a mysterious film rumored to be shot by a ghost. While researching it, she begins to write a new screenplay about her hunt for this “ghost film.” But as she gets closer to the truth, the line between her film and her life begins to blur. Starring Seo Ye-ji and Jin Sun-kyu, directed by Kim Jin-won. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK) Trailer: https://youtu.be/RKnDkYnWxac
SCARE PACKAGE (premieres Thursday, June 18)
7 directors. 7 tales of terror. Zero working cell phones. In this gleefully ghoulish anthology, Chad, the owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee. Starring Noah Segan (Knives Out), Chase Williamson (Beyond the Gates), Jocelyn DeBoer (Greener Grass), Jeremy King (Camera Obscura), wrestling legend Dustin Rhodes, Toni Trucks (SEAL Team) and Hawn Tran (Watchmen). Directed by Hillary & Courtney Andujar, Anthony Cousins, Emily Hagins, Aaron B. Koontz, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan and Baron Vaughn. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK) Trailer: https://vimeo.com/389671704
YUMMY (premieres Thursday, June 25) — SXSW 2020 Midnighter
A young couple travels to a shady Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. The young woman wants a breast reduction. Her mother comes along for yet another face-lift. Wandering through an abandoned ward, the boyfriend stumbles upon a young woman, gagged and strapped to an operating table; she’s the result of experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her but doesn’t realize she’s patient zero and he just caused the outbreak of a virus that will change the doctors, patients, and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty zombies. Starring Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Joshua Rubin. Directed by Lars Damoiseaux. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL (Also available on Shudder UK) Trailer: https://youtu.be/wrueAt0VR9o
QUEER HORROR — available 6/1
Celebrate Pride with a curated collection of must-see LGBTQ+ horror, featuring films with queer themes, characters and/or creators. Includes the Shudder premieres of the documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (see above) and Stewart Thorndike’s Lyle, starring Gaby Hoffman.
Featuring Alena, All Cheerleaders Die, Better Watch Out,Hellraiser,Knife + Heart, Lizzie,Lyle(premiering June 8), The Old Dark House,The Quiet Room,Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street(June 4),Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama,Stranger by the Lake,Sweet Sweet Lonely GirlandThe Wild Boys.
ETHERIA 2020 SHORTS PROGRAM — available 6/19
For more than half a decade, Los Angeles-based Etheria Film Night has been one of the world’s most respected showcases of new horror, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, action and thriller films made by emerging women directors. With in-person events on hold due to Covid-19, Shudder is proud to partner with Etheria to host this year’s lineup of outstanding shorts from June 19–July 20. See www.etheriafilmnight.com for more info.
Featuring Waffle (directed by Carlyn Hudson), Maggie May (directed by Mia’kate Russell), Basic Witch (directed by Yoko Okumura), The Conversion Therapist (directed by Bears Rebecca Fonte), Offbeat (directed by Myrte Ouwerkerk), The Final Girl Returns (directed by Alexandria Perez), LIVE (directed by Taryn O’Neill), Man in the Corner (directed by Kelli Breslin) and Ava in the End (directed by Ursula Ellis). Trailer:https://youtu.be/u-HjJdJl8zk
THE LAST DRIVE IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS season 2— Fridays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Proving once again that “the drive-in will never die,” iconic horror host and exploitation movie aficionado Joe Bob Briggs is back with an all-new season of weekly Friday night double features streaming live exclusively on Shudder. Over the course of ten episodes, The Last Drive-In series will offer an eclectic selection of movies running the gamut from horror classics to obscurities and foreign cult favorites along with the occasional surprise guest. Also on Shudder Canada; some episodes also available on demand on Shudder UK.
NEW MOVIES & SERIES FOR JUNE
BLACULA (Director: William Crain)
SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM (Director: Bob Kelljan)
SUGAR HILL (Director: Paul Maslansky)
Three blaxploitation horror classics join our Horror Noire collection this month. In William Crain’s Blacula, an 18th Century African Prince (William Marshall) pays a visit to Count Dracula seeking his support in ending the slave trade. Instead, the Count transforms him into a vampire and entombs him until the disco era. In the scintillating sequel, the son (Don Mitchell) of a late high priestess seeks revenge on the cultists who have chosen his foster sister, Lisa (Pam Grier), as their new leader. Hoping to curse her, he unwittingly resurrects Blacula’s (Marshall again) earthly remains. And in Sugar Hill, after a nightclub owner gets taken out by the mob, his girlfriend, Diana “Sugar” Hill (Marki Bey), calls upon the voodoo high priest Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley) to summon the undead to carry out an unholy plan for revenge. (All three films also available on Shudder Canada)
HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES (Director: Rob Zombie)
This gore fest follows two young couples on their quest to find the truth about a mythical character known only as “Dr. Satan.” Set in rural Texas in the 1970s, the group gets more than they bargained for when they find themselves stranded in an all-too-realistic house of horrors. The introduction to Zombie’s now-cult Firefly clan, the director’s debut remains a vicious funhouse imbued with the savage quality of 70s terror. Starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, Karen Black, Rainn Wilson. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (see above for details)
THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS, ep. 207
LYLE (Director: Stewart Thorndike)
Expecting couple Leah and June move into a Brooklyn brownstone apartment with their toddler daughter, Lyle. Despite the strange baby-obsessed landlady downstairs and the group of female models who live above them, the two are happy with their new apartment until a bizarre accident leads to the death of their daughter. Months later, Leah is still grief-stricken, trying to make sense of Lyle’s death, her landlady’s odd behaviors, and her attraction to one of the models upstairs. As Leah prepares for her home birth, she begins to suspect the neighbors are involved in a satanic pact and fears for her unborn baby. Starring Gaby Hoffmann, Ingrid Jungermann. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
WARNING: DO NOT PLAY (see above for details)
THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS, ep. 208
THE BONE BOX (Director: Luke Genton)
After stealing from a number of graves, Tom begins to hear and see strange things that seem to coincide with the dead people that he robbed. Starring Gareth Koorzen, Aaron Schwartz, Jamie Bernadette, Michelle Krusiec, David Chokachi. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
MAUSOLEUM (Director: Michael Dugan)
The Nomed Family has been the victim of an ancient curse in which the first-born daughter of each generation has gone violently mad and then suspiciously dies. No one can explain the Nomed madness, but some say it’s because of a terrible demonic force. By way of an unnatural urge during her Mother’s funeral, Susan entered her family’s mausoleum, and ever since an evil presence has been lurking inside of her, waiting for a chance to come out. Now an adult, something is hiding inside Susan’s body, coming out to grotesquely murder anyone who comes too close to uncovering her terrifying secret. Starring Bobbie Bresee, Marjoe Gortner, Norman Burton, Maurice Sherbanee, LaWanda Page, Chu Chu Malave. (Also available on Shudder Canada)
SCARE PACKAGE (see above for details)
ETHERIA 2020 SHORTS PROGRAM (see above for details)
THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS, season finale
GHOST KILLERS VS. BLOODY MARY (Director: Fabrício Bittar)
Four YouTubers with expertise in supernatural events seek recognition from their audience while solving the urban legend of the Bathroom Blonde Case, the spirit that haunts the schools’ bathroom. Starring Dani Calabresa, Léo Lins, Danilo Gentili, Murilo Couto.
A group of hard-partying Brooklyn hipsters are stalked and savagely murdered by a masked maniac known as the Bushwick Party Killer. Starring Kristen Martin, Clint Keepin, Maxwell Frey, Derek Gibbons, Cirocco Dunlap. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK).
YUMMY (see above for details)
DIG TWO GRAVES (Director: Hunter Adams)
A young girl obsessed with the death of her brother goes on a nightmarish journey where she must face a deadly proposition in order to bring him back. Starring Ted Levine, Samantha Isler, Danny Goldring. (Also available on Shudder Canada).
Los Angeles goth pop singer, producer and video artist Precious Child has released a new music video. The video, directed by the artists, lends an abstract narrative of ritual and possession to synth-laden slow burn “Coming Down.”The video premiered exclusive with Rue Morgue Magazine, who called it “surreal and dangerous.”Watch “Coming Down” here.Precious Child says: “With the help of friends, in 2015 I lit oil and gasoline fires atop a derelict aqueduct deep in the forest of rural Maryland. There, we filmed a literal and metaphorical vignette of a dead hero’s resurrection, ritual, and marriage to their Jungian Shadow. Banked until today, it is the music video for “Coming Down.” Music and visual vibes are the 2018 film Mandy meets Velvet Underground.”
In addition, the artist continues to debut a series of experimental clips inspired by their music video and created while sheltering in place due to COVID-19. Follow Precious Child on Instagram to watch. “Coming Down” will appear on Precious Child‘s new album heart.gif coming in 2020, alongside “Fear in the Rain” and “heart.gif.”
ABOUT PRECIOUS CHILD: Visceral and surreal, Precious Child exists at the convergence of conceptual art and pop music to create confrontational and captivating audiovisual work. The artist released their latest albums WHOLLOHWin 2018 and HALLOW in 2019, and has toured extensively in support of the releases. Their video work, including videos “WHOLE”and “My Little Problem (Violet Door)”, have garnered millions of views with their vivid and confrontational style. “Precious Child makes metal for pop kids, or Top 40 for goth kids” – buzzbands.la“A fascinating (NSFW) exploration of body dysphoria and the abstraction of gender identity…[pulling] sonic inspiration from industrial, […] mainstream pop, and metal genres” – Paper Magazine “This track and video is intense, recalling Mark Romanek’s work on Nine Inch Nails’s “Closer” and the Adam Jones directed video for TOOL’s “Prison Sex” – Paste Magazine “Ominous, dark…mysterious and strange” – Brutal Resonance “Moody, richly atmospheric, and lushly cinematic” – Bloody Disgusting For more information, please visit www.preciouschild.com or sign up for direct updates from the artist: www.preciouschild.com/mailing-list
Horror-Fix Pictures in partnership with Silver Compass Studios released the first teaser trailer to their horror comedy “The True Tale of Ole Splitfoot vs. The Lesbian Warrior Nuns of the Great White North”
As announcements continue to roll out about the highly anticipated film from director Massimiliano Cerchi and writers and executive producers Ash Hamilton and Ben Harl, the first footage of the film dropped this weekend in the form of the movie’s first official trailer.
The footage showcases Kaylee Williams as CeCe, the film’s lead. When approached about working with Kaylee and the challenges of capturing the film’s tone, co-writer and executive producer Ash Hamilton commented, “First of all, shooting ANYTHING in this era of COVID compliancy is challenging. We were lucky enough to observe social distancing while still getting some great footage and Kaylee was instrumental to that. Her enthusiasm and instincts were exactly what was needed”.
Sometimes the fate of the world rests in the hands of an order of warrior nuns posing as strippers at a rural Canadian Gentleman’s Club.
With a projected date of November 2020 for principal photography, audiences can expect to see the epic horror-comedy everywhere second quarter 2021
Join The True Tale of Ole Spitfoot vs. The Lesbian Warrior Nuns of the Great White North on Facebook here. Want to receive updates on the film? Visit www.horror-fix.com The film’s Indiegogo campaign is also live.