Amazon’s horror streaming service Shudder continues to offer the best selection to fans of genre programming. After a successful showing earlier this month at San Diego Comic-Con, which saw the panel and trailer release for their upcoming Creepshow series headed by Greg Nicotero as well as a preview of the highly anticipated film Tiger Are Not Afraid by Issa Lopez, the streaming service is ready to continue heating up the summer as we head to August 2019.
On August 8th, NOS4A2 debuts on the service with new episodes added every Thursday through October 10. Fresh off its first season on AMC, the show, based on the novel by Joe Hill, follows Vic McQueen, a young girl with supernatural abilities who deals with a soul-sucking vampire Charlie Manx, played by Emmy-nominated actor Zachary Quinto.
Based on Joe Hill’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, NOS4A2 is a different kind of vampire story. It follows Vic McQueen, a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx. Manx is a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children and then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.
If you think you’re dreaming, then wake up because Freddy Krueger is coming to Shudder as the first six entries in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise debut on August 1st along with the amazing 6-hour documentary Never Sleep Again, which covers the whole franchise.
This month, Shudder presents a collection of the first six films in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise: Wes Craven’s 1984 original masterpiece, followed by Freddy’s Revenge (1985), Dream Warriors (1987), The Dream Master (1988), The Dream Child (1989) and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991). If that’s not enough, round out your summer Freddy re-watch with the fascinating, comprehensive documentary, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010).
One reason Shudder is the stand-out genre streaming service is their ability to bring exclusive content to their channel. On August 18th, they premiere Incident in a Ghostland by the director of the acclaimed French extremis horror film Martyrs (2008), Pascal Laugier. The film, starring Crystal Reed, Mylène Farmer, and Anastasia Phillips, focuses on a mother of two who moves into a new house only to be attacked on night one by various intruders. This will also be available on Shudder Canada.
A mother of two who inherits a house is confronted with murderous intruders on the first night in their new home and fights for her daughters’ lives. Sixteen years later when the daughters reunite at the house, things get really strange.
On August 29th, Bezelbuth debuts from director Emilio Portes. The film, which stars Tobin Bell of the Saw franchise along with Joaquín Cosio and Tate Ellington, is a new take on the border crisis, when a priest links child murders on the border to a demonic entity. This will also be available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK.
Set on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, this Spanish/English language film follows special agent Emanuel Ritter as he leads a police investigation into a series of mysterious deaths involving young children at the border. The case takes a supernatural turn when a priest from the Vatican links the ancient demon Belzebuth to the murders.
Along with the exclusives, Shudder is adding plenty of great genre content for its subscribers. Brian De Palma’s underrated psychological horror film Raising Cain starring John Lithgow premieres on 8/1. On 8/5, 1980’s slashers The Slumber Party Massacre and the absolutely insane Slumber Party Massacre 2 are up. Later in the month, we get cult classic Chopping Mall on 8/15; Hell Night starring Linda Blair on 8/19; and the visually stunning The Love Witch on 8/26 as well as many more.
August 2019 Highlights
July 29 (added too late for last month’s highlights)
Moon (2009, Duncan Jones)
El Gigante (2014 short, Gigi Saul Guerrero and Luke Bramley)
The Quiet Room (2018 short, Sam Wineman)
Raising Cain (1992, Brian De Palma)
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982, Amy Holden Jones)
Slumber Party Massacre II (1987, Deborah Brock)
Chopping Mall (1986, Jim Wynorski)
Get My Gun (2017, Brian Darwas)
Why Horror? (2014, Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay)
Bad Moon (1996, Eric Red)
Hell Night (1981, Tom DeSimone)
Humanoids From the Deep (1980, Barbara Peeters and Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited))
The Love Witch (2016, Anna Biller)
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Incident in a Ghostland – Official Trailer [HD] | A Shudder Exclusive
Belzebuth – Official Trailer [HD] | A Shudder Original
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