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Shudder is Turning up the Heat with Their August Releases!

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It’s almost impossible to believe that 2020 aka the Never-Ending Year from Hell is over halfway behind us. Yet, here we are, and Shudder has us covered for August with something for everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve really grown to love finding out what spooky treats Shudder has lined up as each new month approaches. Check out their release schedule below with a bonus treat coming on July 30th!

July 30th:

Host: Director Rob Savage (Dawn of the Dead) brings us this new horror thriller! Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown but get far more than they bargain for as things quickly go wrong. Host was shot remotely during quarantine and features practical scares, stunts, and surprises, all filmed by the actors in their own homes. Savage was never in the same room with his actors during the entire filming of the Host, and we can’t wait to see how this one turns out! (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)

August 1st:

Squirm: Beware the crawling terror! A surge from a downed powerline mutates a seemingly endless population of worms into a bloodsucking, man-eating onslaught. This classic creature feature from Jeff Lieberman will make your skin crawl! (Also available on Shudder Canada)

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Urban Legends: Final Cut: Jennifer Morrison, Eva Mendes, Anthony Anderson, and Joseph “Joey” Lawrence star in this sequel to 1998’s Urban Legend. A film student’s thesis project runs into production problems when her cast and crew members start turning up dead.

August 3rd:

Amityville 1992: It’s About Time: Sometimes the evil is just too big to contain. An antique clock brought back from New York brings supernatural terror to a California neighborhood.

August 6th:

La Llorona: Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protesters threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives. This award-winning film is directed by Jaryo Bustamante. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)

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August 10th:

Ringu, Ringu 2, Ringu 0: In the film that kicked off the franchise as well as a Western surge in interest in so-called J-horror, a group of teenage friends are found dead, their faces twisted in terror, supposed victims of an urban legend about a cursed videotape. One year after the success of his horror classic, director Hideo Nakata returned to the world of viral video to deliver his own follow-up. And in the prequel Ringu 0, a journalist tracks a young woman who uses her supernatural powers to kill members of an acting troupe. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

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August 14th:

THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS: SUMMER SLEEPOVER SPECIAL: Fire up the popcorn and slip into your PJs: Joe Bob Briggs, America’s foremost drive-in movie critic, is back for a special summer sleepover double-feature. Joining Joe Bob and Darcy in the trailer park will be director Adam Green (FrozenHatchet series) along with other surprise guests.

August 17th:

Jawbreaker: Teen girls must cover up the accidental murder of a friend in this twisted ‘90s classic directed by Darren Stein and starring Rose McGowan, Judy Greer, Rebecca Gayheart, Pam Grier, and Carol Kane.

Hellmaster: A mad professor at a rural campus injects students with a drug to make them superhuman mutants. The film stars genre icon John Saxon. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

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Uncaged: Dick Maas directed this creature feature about a zoo veterinarian  caught up in a grisly adventure as she leads the hunt for a monstrous lion terrorizing Amsterdam. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

August 20th:

Random Acts of Violence: Comic book creator Todd, his wife, assistant and best friend all embark upon a road trip from Toronto to New York Comic Con, and bad things start to happen: people start getting killed. Is a crazed fan using Todd’s “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for his stylized slaughter? Jay Baruchel directed and also stars in the film along with Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster, and Niamh Wilson. (Also available on Shudder UK)

August 24th:

The Evil: A psychologist and his wife turn a house of the devil into a drug-rehabilitation center. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

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Mortuary: Christie has been having terrifying nightmares ever since her father drowned, causing her to re-evaluate the circumstances surrounding his death. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

One Dark Night: Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans, Leslie Speights, Donald Hotton star in this film directed by Tom McLoughlin. As part of an initiation into a club called The Sisters, a young girl must spend the night in a mausoleum.  (Also available on Shudder Canada)

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30 Miles from Nowhere: When five college pals return home for their estranged friend’s funeral, what begins as an uneasy reunion becomes a terrifying fight for survival. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

August 27th:

The Shed: Stan and his best friend Dommer have put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a ravenous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. But Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

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Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Raven’s Hallow’ Trailer Sees the Young Writer Solving Crimes of the Occult

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Edgar Allen Poe’s upcoming Raven’s Hallow is a Shudder exclusive that is based on the young writer’s tales from when he was still stationed at West Point. So, we will see one of his stories that were inspired during his time as a cadet.

The synopsis for Raven’s Hallow according to Deadline goes like this:

Set in the autumn of 1830, Poe and four other cadets are on a training exercise in upstate New York when they come across a man eviscerated on a bizarre wooden rack. His dying words direct them to a remote rural community, holding sinister secrets. Determined to get to the bottom of the murder, Poe embarks on a quest that will bring him face to face with a terror that will haunt him forever.

Raven’s Hallow stars William Mosely as young Poe with William Moseley stars as Poe with Melanie Zanetti, Kate Dickie, David Hayman, Oberon K. A. Adjepong, and Callum Woodhouse.

Raven’s Hallow arrives on Shudder beginning September 22.

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‘The Ring’ Comes to Blu-Ray Steelbook Complete With VHS Slipcase Design

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Japan’s entry into J-Horror with Ringu was one of the best that there has ever been. When America decided to do a remake, I can still recall a lot of people being upset that it wouldn’t measure up. However, Gore Verbenski’s dark portrait was nearly a better film than the original. From its ominous start to shocking finish The Ring was effective around every corner. 20 years later folks can still appreciate Verbenski’s film and in order to celebrate the film turning 20 we are getting a cool steelbook blu-ray for the film.

The steelbook comes with an awesome VHS design slipcase. Inside the steelbook is made of static and the iconic scene with Samara and the well.

The synopsis for The Ring goes like this:

It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.

Verbinki’s film is genuinely scary and it entirely deserves a 20th anniversary release. It is a film that has managed to stay in the conversation when horror films are being discussed. It still manages to get heavy play during the Halloween season on AMC. Rightfully so.

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You can pick up your copy of The Ring’s special edition beginning October 18.

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The Sanderson Sisters Are Running Amok in New ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Photos

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The new D23 magazine featured a very welcome sight this time around. The wickedly awesome Sanderson Sisters are showing off a bit on their lead-up to the upcoming Disney+ Hocus Pocus 2 release. In each of the photos, the ladies are running amok as per usual. The lead-up to this sequel has been a long road. So, fans have been savoring the little teases made up of a teaser trailer, a couple of posters, and of course pictures. Fans are most excited that Hocus Pocus 2 sees the return of all three Sanderson sisters as well actor Doug Jones.

The synopsis for Hocus Pocus 2 goes like this:

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.

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The Hocus Pocus sequel stars Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Belisa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War,” “Good Boys”), Juju Brener (“Vanquish”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen.

The Sanderson Sisters will officially run amok a second time when Hocus Pocus 2 lands its broom on Disney+ beginning September 30.

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