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Shudder is Kicking off 2022 with Folk Horror, Boris Karloff, and More!

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Everyone ready for 2022? It’ll be here before you know it, and AMC’s all-horror/thriller streaming service, Shudder, is kicking off the New Year with a celebration of folk horror, a tribute to Boris Karloff, and so much more!

The month-long celebration of folk horror comes complete with a new curated collection including classics like The Wicker Man and some more obscure international offerings like Il Demonio and Lake of the Dead.

Take a look at the schedule of releases below, and let us know what you’ll be watching in the comments on social media!

Shudder Release Schedule, January 2022:

January 1st:

Blood on Satan’s Claw: In seventeenth-century England, the children of a village slowly convert into a coven of Devil worshipers.

Witchfinder General: A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch-hunter (Vincent Price at his most evil) when the latter terrorizes his fiancée and kills her uncle.

The Wicker Man: Naive officer Sargeant Howie is sent to Summerisle, a secluded island off the coast of Scotland, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan in this horror essential. When he arrives there, he finds a very tight-knit community that is mistrustful and hostile to outsiders. Soon, Howie begins to realize that the town might be a strange pagan cult, one given to unbridled sexuality and possible human sacrifice.

Sinister: Washed-up true crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) finds a box of super 8 home movies in his new home that suggest the murder that he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose legacy dates back to the 1960s.

Lake Mungo: Joel Anderson’s terrifying faux documentary chronicles a grieving family’s strange, inexplicable experiences after the death of their daughter, Alice. Profoundly unsettled, they seek the help of a psychic and parapsychologist, and discover Alice had been living a disturbed life, hiding dark secrets. Something haunted their daughter, and the terrifying
truth awaits at Lake Mungo.

Eve’s Bayou: What did little Eve (Jurnee Smollett) see—and how will it haunt her? Husband, father and womanizer Louis Batiste (Samuel L. Jackson) is the head of an affluent family, but it’s the women who rule this gothic world of secrets, lies and mystic forces.

January 3rd:

Blood for Dracula: Writer/director Paul Morrissey and star Udo Kier create a sumptuously depravedEuroshocker. Desperate for virgin blood, Count Dracula journeys to an Italian villa only to discover the family’s three young daughters are also coveted by the estate’s Marxist stud (Joe Dallesandro).

Flesh for Frankenstein: A delectably gory and cynical social satire from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Morrissey, Flesh for Frankenstein is among the most original and transgressive interpretations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. With an exceptional cast, led by Udo Kier (Mark of the Devil), in what might be his most iconic performance, Joe Dallesandro (Cry Baby), Monique van Vooren (Sugar Cookies), and Italian child star Nicoletta Elmi (Deep Red), and featuring a lush soundtrack by Claudio Gizzi (Blood for Dracula). Available in both 2D and 3D versions.

January 4th:

Dark August: A man accidentally runs down a young girl and has a curse placed on him by the girl’s father, an occultist. He goes to a spiritualist for help in fighting the curse.

Dream No Evil: A young orphan girl obsessed with finding her father gets adopted by a traveling church. She grows up and gets engaged, but her obsession with locating her father is about to turn deadly.

Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood: A family infiltrates a sinister carnival where their son mysteriously disappeared.

The Child: A newly hired housekeeper arrives to her employer’s house in the countryside. She slowly discovers that the only child in the house, an eleven-year-old girl, hides a deadly secret.

The Premonition: A foster mother begins experiencing psychic visions after the psychotic biological mother of her foster daughter begins stalking them.

The Witch Who Came from the Sea: Molly experiences violent fantasies in which she ties up muscular men up before bloodily dispatching them with a razor. But when a news report announces the shocking doublemurder of two footballers which strongly echoes one of Molly’s most recent depraved flights of fancy, the fantasy starts to bleed into reality–literally.

Beyond Dream’s Door: Ben’s nightmares come back to haunt him and his friends in this psychological/supernatural horror film.

Winterbeast: People are being killed off near a popular mountain lodge, with a legend claiming that the mountain is haunted by a deadly Native American demonic curse.

Fatal Exam: A group of university students are invited by their parapsychology professor to investigate a haunted house for the weekend.

January 6th:

For the Sake of Vicious: Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother, returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descends upon her home, the trio realize the only way out of the situation is to work together and fight for their survival. (Available on Shudder US, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ)

January 8th:

A Discovery of Witches Season 3: In the final season of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from their trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge. A Discovery of Witches Season 3 is based on the ‘The Book of Life’ novel from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy and is the third and final installment.

January 10th:

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror: From writer/director/co-producer Kier-La Janisse comes “a seductive mega-text” (Indiewire) through the history of folk horror, featuring clips from over 200 films and interviews with more than 50 filmmakers, authors and scholars that explore the rural roots, occult creeds and cultural lore that continue to shape international cinema. An “astounding achievement” (Screen Anarchy) that Rue Morgue calls “an unprecedented journey into where folk horror has been, where it’s going and ultimately what it says about humanity.” (Available on Shudder US, Shudder Canada, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ)

Eyes of Fire: A preacher is accused of adultery, and he and his followers are chased out of town. They become stranded in an isolated forest, which is haunted by the spirits of long dead Native Americans.

Il Demonio: A stunning story of obsessive love, set in a rural Southern Italian village where Christianity has integrated many of the old superstitious beliefs. Daliah Lavi (The Whip and the Body) plays Purif, who is distraught when her lover is betrothed to another. Her erratic behavior is interpreted as demonic possession—leading the villagers to turn
against her with physical and sexual violence.

Alison’s Birthday: Getting its first official release since the VHS era, this Australian paranormal cult is unearthed! During a Ouija board session with her teenaged friends, 16-year-old Alison gets a message from beyond the grave not to go home for her 19th birthday. Fast forward three years later to the week of her 19th: she gets a call from her mother that they’re
having a party to celebrate, and they want her there alone.

Leptirica: Based loosely on by Milovan Glišić’s classic 1880 Serbian vampire story After Ninety Years – which preceded Bram Stoker’s Dracula by nearly two decades – Djordje Kadijevic’s adaptation is a subversive, darkly erotic take on Glišić’s pastoral tale of a group of rural villagers beset upon by the infamous vampire Sava Savanovic, who has taken up residence in their local flour mill.

Clearcut: A white lawyer arrives to a remote area in Northern Ontario to defend Indigenous activists who are blocking a logging company’s clearcut of old growth on their land. A pacifist by nature, and perceiving himself as sympathetic to Indigenous concerns, he finds his values shaken when he is paired with an angry, rogue Indigenous activist named Arthur (Graham Greene) who insists on kidnapping the head of the logging company to take him deep into the forest—where he hopes to teach him the price of his destruction.

Wilzcyzca: A domestic hit in Poland on first release, Marek Piestrak’s stunning wintry werewolf film is a sexually charged folktale that pits a 19th century Polish patriot against the ghost of his unfaithful wife, who haunts him from beyond the grave as a she-wolf.

Lake of the Dead: Considered a classic of Norwegian cinema, a group of colleagues venture to a remote cabin to look for a missing friend and are spooked by an old legend: that the cabin had belonged to a man who killed his sister and her lover and then drowned himself in the lake. Since then, it is said that anyone who stays in the cabin will be driven to the same
fate.

Tilbury: This made-for-TV film shares the Icelandic lore of the Tilbury, a creature who could be summoned by women in times of financial hardship and starvation. But the gifts of the Tilbury come with their own brand of destruction. Set in 1940, during the British occupation, a country boy discovers his childhood sweetheart is having an affair with a British soldier, but suspects it could be one of the evil creatures.

Lokis: A pastor and ethnographer visits a remote corner of 19th century Lithuania where folk customs associated with the area’s pagan past still have a hold on the population. There he finds himself the guest of a strange old family consisting of a sadistic Count and his mad mother, who—legend has it—was raped by a bear on her wedding night; the Count himself reputed to be the product of this bestial assault.

Edge of the Knife: Edge of the Knife is a feature length Haida language film about pride, tragedy, and penance. Adiits’ii, the lead character in the film, is mentally and physically pushed to the brink of survival and becomes Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid — the Haida Wildman. The Gaagiixiid is one of Haida’s most popular stories, sustained over the years though song and performance.

January 17th:

Etheria Season 3: Season 3 takes viewers to strange new worlds with stories directed by women about medieval warlords, magicians, musical androids, apocalyptic western gunslingers, inescapable time loops, dead body buddy comedies, middle-aged female assassins, homicidal hairstylists, demented surreal slashers, spare body parts, and more.

January 20th:

The Last Thing Mary Saw: Southold, New York, 1843: Young Mary (Stefanie Scott, Insidious Chapter 3), blood trickling from behind the blindfold tied around her eyes, is interrogated about the events surrounding her grandmother’s death. As the story jumps back in time, we witness Mary, raised in a repressively religious household, finding fleeting happiness in the arms of Eleanor (Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan), the home’s maid. Her family, who believe they are seeing, speaking, and acting on God’s behalf, view the girls’ relationship as an abomination to be dealt with as severely as possible. The couple attempts to carry on in secret, but someone is always watching, or listening, and the wages of perceived sin threaten to become death, with the tension only heightened by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger (Rory Culkin, Lords of Chaos) and the revelation of greater forces at work. (Available on Shudder US, Shudder Canada, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ)

January 24th:

The Last Matinee: When a vicious murderer attacks a local cinema, the projectionist’s daughter and a group of patrons must fight back in the darkness of the matinee.

Dachra: A chilling horror following a journalist who when investigating a gruesome case, makes a disturbing discovery about her past.

January 27th:

Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster: Beginning just before his debut as Frankenstein’s creation, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster compellingly explores the life and legacy of a cinema legend, presenting a perceptive history of the genre he personified. His films were long derided as hokum and attacked by censors. But his phenomenal popularity and pervasive influence endures, inspiring some of our greatest actors and directors into the 21st Century – among them Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman, Roger Corman & John Landis all of whom and many more contribute their personal insights and anecdotes. Directed by Thomas Hamilton. (Available on Shudder US, Shudder Canada, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ)

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‘Kraken’: An Upcoming Horror Movie Based On The Famous Sea Monster Legend

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This famous sea legend is getting an adaptation on the big screen. The horror film Kraken, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, is currently in development and will be based on the terrifying Scandinavian legend. It is targeting a late 2025 release and will be distributed by TrustNordisk. Check out the teaser image and more about the film below.

Teaser Image for Kraken

The film synopsis states: “At the bottom of Norway’s deepest fjord rests a mythical monster as large as a mountain, with a myriad of arms ready to crush and devour anything they can grab.” THR details that it will follow the story of “Johanne, a marine biologist who encounters several strange occurrences while researching a fjord, including the brutal deaths of two local teenagers.”

Image of Giant Squid Caught On Camera

The movie is being directed by Pål Øie, known for the horror film The Tunnel (2019). Vilde Eide wrote the script and John Einar Hagen and Einar Loftesnes are producing the film. No details were given on the casting for the film.

Image of Giant Squid Caught On Camera

THR detailed that “In Norway and Iceland, legend has it that the Kraken, a giant sea monster similar to a squid or octopus, is lurking in local seas, only to occasionally rise and go on a rampage. Kraken will be shot off the coast of Norway later this year.”

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The legend of the Kraken is one tale that is popular and known among many. This legend will be interesting to see adapted on the big screen. Are you excited about this upcoming film? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out footage of a giant Magnapinna squid caught on camera below.

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‘Joker: Folie à Deux’: New First Look Images Showcase The Joker And Harley Quinn

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This is one of the most anticipated movies of 2024. The sequel to Joker (2019) titled Joker: Folie à Deux released new first look images showcasing both the Joker and Harley Quinn. The movie is set to debut in theaters on October 4th of this year. Check out the new images and more about the film below.

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

Very little is known about the plot except that it is going to be a musical and that it will focus on both the Joker and Harley Quinn. The movie will be directed by Todd Phillips, who directed the first film. The story is written by Paul Dini, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane. It stars actors Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga, Zazie Beetz, and many more.

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

The first film titled Joker was released in 2019 and was a major hit at the box office. The film went on to make $1.074B on a $70M budget. It was also a hit among critics and audiences earning a 69% Critic and 88% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. It went on to win several awards including the Oscars best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and Best Original Score (Hildur Guðnadóttir).

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

These images give us a fresh new look at the two leading characters in the film. The first teaser will be released sometime in April according to the director. Are you excited about this film, or do you think they should have left it as a standalone film? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the official trailer for the original film below.

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Dennis Quaid Cast as Notorious Serial Killer in Paramount+ Series ‘Happy Face’

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Fans of true crime will be excited about this news. Dennis Quaid is set to lead the cast of the upcoming Paramount+ series, ‘Happy Face.’ This series, inspired by real events, delves into the dark narrative of a notorious serial killer and the profound impact on his family, particularly his daughter.

Happy Face” is rooted in the harrowing true-life story of Melissa Moore, who discovered as a teenager that her father was the infamous serial killer dubbed “Happy Face” for the smiley faces he drew on letters that boasted of his crimes. This revelation shattered Moore’s life, leading her to change her name and keep her father’s identity a secret while he served a life sentence in prison.

Keith Hunter Jesperson, the Happy Face Killer

The series aims to explore the complex relationship between “Happy Face” (played by Quaid) and his daughter, Melissa (portrayed by Annaleigh Ashford). After years of silence, the serial killer finds a way to re-enter his daughter’s life, sparking a series of events that force Melissa to confront her father’s legacy. She embarks on a quest to determine whether an innocent man is at risk of being executed for one of her father’s crimes, all while grappling with the broader implications of her father’s actions on his victims’ families and her own sense of identity.

Happy Face” promises to be a deep dive into the psyche of a serial killer and the ripple effects of crime on family and society. The series is inspired by the podcast of the same name by iHeartMedia and Melissa Moore, and the book “Shattered Silence,” co-written by Moore and M. Bridget Cook.

The production of this eight-episode series is set to commence this spring in Vancouver, with a premiere date on Paramount+ slated for 2025. Behind the scenes, Jennifer Cacicio takes the helm as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner. The project also boasts executive production by notable names including Robert and Michelle King, Liz Glotzer, Moore herself, and Michael Showalter, who is also directing the first episode.

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