John Carpenter Collection joins Shudder in July

The Thing - Courtesy Shudder
The Thing - Courtesy Shudder /

Shudder is really giving horror fans a fireworks-worthy roster of films in July! In addition to the Alien Encounters Collection, the great Originals and Exclusives and the regular lineup of July additions, the horror streaming platform is also rolling out a John Carpenter Collection.

Let’s see what Shudder has in store for fans of Carpenter, shall we?

The Thing – Likely to be the addition that fans are most excited about, The Thing is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It is also featured in the Alien Encounters Collection, and for those who don’t know about it, the plot deals with a group of researchers who end up trapped on an Antarctic research station. The weather would be bad enough, but making things worse is a mutant creature that can take on the shape of any living creature, looking and acting human when needed.

They Live – Also part of the Shudder Alien Encounters Collection, this is a cult favorite, starring Roddy Piper and Keith David. Nada (Piper) is a drifter who settles down in a construction job for a while. He ends up with a pair of sunglasses which allow him to see the true faces of aliens disguised as high-level humans. Can he and his friend Frank save the world from the ambitious creatures?

They Live – Courtesy Shudder /

Escape From New York – In the near future, Manhattan Island is the only high-security prison in the US. When Air Force One crash lands in the prison, the President (Donald Pleasence) is taken by desperate criminals. A special forces soldier named Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is about to be incarcerated on the island, and agrees to rescue the President in return for his freedom. In addition to Russell and Pleasence, the film stars Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins.

Prince of Darkness – A group of LA quantum physics students are asked to help a Catholic Priest in possession of a big jar filled with a strange green liquid. Further investigation makes it clear that the liquid is actually the corporeal embodiment of the big guy himself, Satan. The fight is on, as the students must figure out how to stop the liquid before it possesses all of them. Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker and Lisa Blount star.

Halloween – The OG film that started the legacy of Michael Myers has been available on Shudder for a while now, but it’s a good watch any time of the year. Babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) tries to escape the murderous Myers, while protecting the children she has been entrusted with.

In the Mouth of MadnessHorror writer Sutter Cane has disappeared, and Trent (Sam Neill), an insurance investigator, sets out to find him, accompanied by Linda, Cane’s editor. A town that is supposed to be fictional, people who claim that Cane’s stories have caused them to become disoriented, and a bizarre late night drive lead up to a terrifying conclusion.

Body Bags – A fun, comedy-horror anthology film, Body Bags features three stories starring the likes of Sam Raimi, David Naughton, Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Mark Hamill and Tom Arnold. Also putting in rare onscreen appearances are Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven and Carpenter himself. A miracle hair transplant proves too good to be true, a baseball player’s missing eye is replaced with that of a killer, and a young woman’s first night working at an all-night gas station turns out to be the job from hell.

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