Shudder has released its first announcement about their annual 61 Days of Halloween schedule, which begins in September. 2022’s Halloween extravaganza is being referred to as The Home for Halloween. There is a lot to unpack here, so I am going to give the info in a couple of installments, starting with the original series, films and specials that will be debuting.
Queer for Fear: A History of Queer Horror (premieres Fri., September 30, with new episodes each week) – Bryan Fuller (who brought us the Hannibal series) executive produced this 4-part documentary series, which explores the history of LGBTQ+ horror and thrillers. It seems this will be a pretty comprehensive Shudder Original series, ranging from the genre’s literary origins with queer authors such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and Oscar Wilde, to more modern films and themes.
101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time (premieres Weds., September 7 with new episodes debuting weekly) – This eight-episode Shudder Original series comes to us from the producers of the excellent AMC series Eli Roth’s History of Horror. Filmmakers and experts in the horror field will break down 101 of the most iconic and horrifying scenes from some of the best genre films in existence. I personally love this stuff, so I am really looking forward to this one!
Untitled Boulet Brothers Series (Date TBD) – The Boulet Brothers brought us Dragula: Resurrection during Halloween in 2020, and 2021 brought us Dragula season 4. Now Swanthula and Dracmorda return with what is described as “their boldest and most ambitious show ever.” Is it a fifth season of Dragula? Who knows, but I am here for it!
What new Original/Exclusive films will be coming to Shudder for 61 Days of Halloween?
Who Invited Them (premieres September 1) – Debuting at the New Orleans Overlook Film Festival, this Shudder Original puts a twist on the home invasion sub-genre. Adam and Margo’s housewarming party is populated by a lot of their friends, but there is one couple they can’t quite pinpoint. Tom and Sasha hang around later than the other guests, and it soon becomes clear that they are harboring a secret.
Saloum (September 8) – A group of mercenaries are shot down after snatching a drug lord from Guiea-Bissau, and decide to hide out in a holiday camp to lay low while repairing their plane. As they try to blend in with the other guests, one of the group has ulterior motives.
Flux Gourmet (September 15) – Performance artist known for extracting sounds from food items set up in a remote artistic institution. A man who is given the task of monitoring and recording the rituals of the “sonic caterers” finds himself starting to be pulled into the group.
Speak No Evil (September 15) – This Shudder Original is set in Tuscany, where a Danish family and Dutch family strike up a friendship while on a vacation. Several months later, the Danish couple is invited to visit their Dutch friends for a weekend, and are happy to do so. But, since this is a horror film, things go wrong, and the Danish family ends up trapped in the house.
Raven’s Hollow (September 22) – Supposedly inspired by a real incident, this film introduces us to Edgar Allan Poe as a West Point cadet. Poe and four others find a horribly tortured man dying in the wilderness. His final words lead the group to Raven’s Hollow, a small community that will do anything to preserve its secrets.
Sissy (September 29) – Twelve years ago, Cecilia and Emma were young besties until Alex showed up. Now, Cecilia is an up and coming social media influencer, and a chance meeting with Emma results in an invitation to Emma’s bachelorette weekend (which is, naturally, being held at a remote cabin). Alex is also there, and does her best to make Cecilia’s weekend terrifying.
Deadstream (October 6) – An internet celeb who has fallen from grace tries to rekindle his popularity by spending a night in a haunted house while live-streaming the event. He carelessly unleashes an evil spirit, and ends up fighting for his very life.
Dario Argento’s Dark Glasses (October 13) – In Rome, the sun is blocked out by an eclipse. As Diana flees a serial killer, she wrecks her car and loses her eyesight in the crash. When she comes to, she finds that a little boy named Chin is trying to help her against the killer who is still pursuing her.
She Will (October 13) – Veronica is recovering from a double mastectomy, and attends a healing retreat in Scotland, accompanied by young nurse Desi. As Veronica begins to face past trauma, she and Desi develop a bond.
V/H/S/99 (October 20) – The newest entry in the V/H/S anthology franchise is a Shudder Original, and includes five all-new stories. The new film takes us to the final days of VHS, and points us to the new millennium (Y2K, anyone?).
Resurrection (October 28) – Margaret seems to have her life completely under control. Then her abusive ex-boyfriend David shows up, and Margaret’s horrifying past comes to light. David is more than just an abuser, he may have dark powers.
The Home for Halloween includes more than just Original films and series, we will also get another The Last Drive-In Halloween presentation with the Joe Bob Halloween 2022 Special, airing on October 21 at 9pm ET. The special will initially air on Shudder TV, and will be available to stream on demand on October 23. Of course, the double feature titles have not been announced yet, so viewers will have to tune in to find out. We re also promised a special guest!
Subscribers will also be treated to Shudder’s annual “Ghoul Log”, a special jack-o’-lantern that be streaming 24/7 throughout the Halloween season. The past three logs will be available as well: The Ghoul Log, Return of the Ghoul Log and Night of the Ghoul Log. 2022’s version is a secret for now.
Also returning is Shudder’s Halloween Hotline, where Shudder subscribers can call Samuel Zimmerman, head of programming. During your conversation with Sam, he will offer customized viewing recommendations based on your preferences. The films Sam recommends for you will all be available from Shudder’s huge library of horror. Fans can call 914-481-2239 each Friday in October from 3:00-4:00pm. Please note that these are the ONLY hours the hotline will be operating, and while Sam will talk to as people as possible within that one-hour allotment, there is no guarantee that every call will be answered.
Whew! That’s a lot, isn’t it? But Shudder isn’t done yet, never fear. Traditionally, even more treats and surprises are announced throughout the season. We will be tackling the film additions very soon, so keep your eyes on 1428 Elm.
Which Shudder original are you looking forward to seeing the most? The movies, series, specials? Tell us about it in the comments section.