Shudder debuts Modern French Horror collection in March
In March, Shudder debuts its Modern French Horror Collection, which will include many films in the “New French Extremity” genre. You can look forward to seeing such extreme horror offerings as Livid, Inside, High Tension, Bastards, Trouble Every Day, Evolution, Frontier(s) and Martyrs.
Films already streaming on Shudder that are included in this collection are Adoration, The Advent Calendar, Among the Living, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Islands, Kandisha, Knife + Heart, Sheitan, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, Let the Corpses Tan, Teddy, Terror Sisters, Them (ils) and Zombi Child.
What’s new on Shudder in March 2022
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (Also available on Shudder Canada) – Described as a “meta-sequel” to the 1976 original, this 2014 film is much better than I expected. 65 years after a masked man killed several residents of Texarkana, a supposed copy cat begins committing similar murders in the same town.
Inside – It’s Christmas Eve, and pregnant Sarah is mourning the loss of her husband in a car accident four months ago. When a strange woman shows up at her door, Sarah finds herself fighting for her life, and that of her unborn child. This brutal, bloody film is part of Shudder’s Modern French Horror Collection.
Livid – Mrs. Jessel was at one time a well-respected dance instructor, but she is now lies in her mansion in a coma. When Lucy hears a story that there may be jewels stashed within the mansion, she and her friends decide to break into the place and search for the treasure. Spoiler alert: It’s a trap!
Frontier(s) – One of the better-known French Extreme films, this one is about a street gang attempting to escape riots in Paris. When a robbery goes wrong, the group end up held at an inn by brutal neo-Nazis. This film is not for the faint of heart (or stomach).
Martyrs – When a young woman named Lucie believes she knows who held her captive and tortured her as a child, she seeks revenge. A friend who also suffered childhood abuse helps her in her quest but soon finds that Lucie’s trauma may be causing her to imagine things.
Irreversible – The story in this French film is told in reverse, as two men attempt to avenge the physical and sexual assault of a woman named Alex.
High Tension – Another classic example of French extreme horror, this Alexander Aja-directed story (a personal favorite of my own) introduces us to Marie and Alex, two students who are spending the weekend with Alex’s parents. On their first night, a man breaks in, and the girls find themselves enduring a night of brutal horror.
Shudder is adding a lot of other great horror to the March schedule as well.
Darkman – Liam Neeson stars as a scientist who is attacked and left for dead by mobster Durant. When he develops superpowers, Westlake seeks vengeance on the people whose attack disfigured him. As it turns out, his super-human abilities are also making him mentally unstable and volatile.
Darkman II: The Return of the Durant – Durant and Darkman return to resume their battle, as Darkman tries to stop the mobster from taking over the city’s drug trade.
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die – As Westlake continues to search for a cure for his severely burned face and hands, his alter ego Darkman double-crosses a drug boss and must try to evade the man.
Death Drop Gorgeous (Also available in CA, UKI and ANZ) – Customers at a gay bar called The Outhouse are being murdered and drained of blood one by one, and bartender Dwayne is just hoping to make it out alive.
Trouble Every Day (Also available on Shudder CA) – An American couple is honeymooning in Paris, where the husband secretly begins searching for a former colleague named Leo and his wife Core, a woman he was once obsessed with. But, Core is a sexual cannibal, and Shane may have bitten off more than he can chew…see what I did there?
Bastards – When Marco’s brother-in-law Jacques commits suicide, his sister asks him to return home from his work as an oil tanker captain. Once there, he starts to investigate the man his sister says triggered the suicide but finds there are many secrets lurking in the details.
Evolution – Nicholas lives in a seaside town with his mother and begins to wonder why only women and boys live in town. When he discovers the body of a young boy in the ocean, he begins to question the way he and his mother exist.
The Scary of Sixty-First (Also available on Shudder CA and UKI – Noelle and Addie are two young women who move into a swanky New York apartment together, then are informed that the infamous Jeffrey Epstein may have performed some dirty deeds there. This film won Best First Feature Award at 2021’s Berlin International Film Festival.
The Nightmare (Also available on Shudder CA) – After a teenage girl attends a party, she begins to show signs of a mental breakdown.
Memory: The Origins of Alien – This 2019 documentary dives into the origins of the iconic 1979 film Alien, which terrified viewers with its mix of sci-fi and horror. Inspired by the things that scared us and ancient mythology, Alien has endured as a horror staple for 40 years now.
Darling (Also available in CA) – In this 2015 psychological horror film, Lauren Ashley Carter (Jug Face, Gags the Clown) is a young woman who becomes caretaker of a large NYC apartment. Once alone there, she begins to descend into madness.
The Seed (Also available in CA, UKI and ANZ) – Deidre, Heather and Charlotte are besties who plan a getaway, where they will boost their social media presence during a meteor shower in the Mojave Desert. But an alien force not only interrupts their plans, but it also leaves them fighting for survival.
Triangle – A single mother takes a trip on a yacht with some friends, and severe weather causes the boat to capsize. The passengers board a deserted boat, where they come to believe they are being stalked.
Dario Argento’s Trauma – A girl suffering from anorexia escapes the hospital she is staying at, and meets a young man named David. When she is caught and returned to the hospital, staff members are being murdered, and David tries to help her find out who the killer is.
Home With a View of the Monster (Also available in CA) – Dennis and Rita return home early from a camping trip, only to find that the couple who rented their place for a few days are missing. When mysterious events begin to happen, their lives may be in danger.
Hounds of Love – Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings of NOS4A2) is a teenage girl kidnapped by a John and Evelyn, who hold her captive. Vicki begins to realize that if she wants to survive, she must try to break the John’s emotional hold over Evelyn.
Tragedy Girls – McKayla and Sadie are two teenage true crime bloggers who are willing to try anything to gain more followers. They orchestrate deadly events that send the residents of their small town into panic mode.
The Bunker Game (Also available in CA, UKI and ANZ) – Laura is an actress performing in a Live Action Role Playing Game, where she plays a survivor of the atomic war. When some unexplained accidents occur, the players are sent to safety, and the staff finds themselves being victimized.
Siege (Also available in CA) – When sociopaths attack the patrons of a gay bar, only one man escapes with his life. He hides out in an apartment with friends who swear to protect him with their very lives.
Birth of the Living Dead (Also available on Shudder CA) – This documentary explores how the legendary George A. Romero shot his equally legendary film Night of the Living Dead. The doc includes interviews with Romero himself, as well as Larry Fessenden and Gale Anne Hurd (among others).
Await Further Instructions (Also available in CA, UK and ANZ) – An estranged family attempt to reconcile by getting together for Christmas dinner. When they begin receiving strange instructions through the television, they find they are trapped in their home.
The Spine of Night (Also available on Shudder CA, UKI and ANZ) – In this violent animated film, a group of people from different cultures and eras work together to defeat a sinister force. The Spine of Night includes the voice talents of Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt and Joe Manganiello.
Extra Ordinary – Rose is an Irish driving instructor who has some supernatural abilities, but she hasn’t used them since her father, a paranormal expert, was killed. When she encounters a man named Martin, he wants her to help him rid his house of the ghost of his nagging wife, and she ends up helping him.
Blood Conscious (Also available in CA) – A group of vacationing friends arrive at the lakeside cabin of Kevin and Brittany’s parents, only to find that the parents (and all of the neighbors) have been killed by a gunman. He tells them that all of his victims were possessed by demons, and had to be killed.
Minor Premise (Also available on Shudder CA and ANZ) – This sci-fi/thriller introduces us to brilliant scientist Ethan, who is trying to continue work on his dead father’s scientific experiment. But Ethan becomes too wrapped up the work, and begins to behave strangely and blackout frequently.
Eaten Alive (Also available in CA) – This 1976 Tobe Hooper film is about a crazed hotel proprietor named Judd, who has a habit of killing people who upset him or cause him trouble. The bodies never show up, because Judd feeds them to his pet crocodile, which is kept in the swamp.
Etheria Season four (Also available in CA, UK and ANZ) – The female-led series returns with eight new episodes, each bringing a different eclectic story.
Night’s End (Also available in CA, UKI and ANZ) – A shut-in suffering from anxiety moves into a new apartment, only to find that it is haunted. When they hire someone to exorcise the haunted space, things go awry. This film was directed by Jennifer Reeder (V/H/S/94).
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