It was only a matter of time. Shudder, the internet’s most prominent streaming service focusing exclusively horror programming, has entered the original programming world. Subscribers to the “Netflix of Horror” website are in for a whole slew of original features.
Rodney Ascher, director of the widely seen documentary on sleep paralysis called The Nightmare, is set to release the first film in a hopefully long line of Shudder Originals. Ascher’s newest documentary is called Primal Screen. The documentary aims to tackle the question of why horror fans are attracted to things that repulse and scare us.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ascher had this to say about the upcoming film:
Fear, obsession and people’s attempts to understand these things are a particular focus of mine. Shudder was a fantastic partner and they gave me the freedom to dive deep into this new rabbit hole. I’m thrilled to present Primal Screen on a streaming service that showcases an expansive collection of Mario Bava films, a wide selection of horror-documentaries and a great variety of thrilling entertainment.
You can watch the trailer for Primal Screen below, courtesy of the official Shudder YouTube page.
Primal Screen will premiere on June 8th. You can watch it by subscribing to Shudder here.
The Hollywood Reporter also gave insight to more of what Shudder Originals has in store for us. A list of upcoming releases can be found here. And if you haven’t seen The Nightmare yet, maybe now is a good time. It’s currently streaming on Netflix in the United States.
Love documentaries on horror? Me too. In preparation for Ascher’s film, check out this list of essential viewing for any fan of scary documentaries. But beware: you may not sleep right ever again after seeing some of the films on this list. Thanks to Ascher, I haven’t since 2015.
God, I am so tired.