Just in case you missed the news, Shudder has announced their 61 days of Halloween schedule, proclaiming themselves “The Home for Halloween.” We already wrote about the schedule of original/exclusive films, series and specials, so now let’s look at the films being added to Shudder’s already extensive library in September.
And remember, Shudder is notorious for springing surprise selections upon us throughout the Halloween season, so there may be more films popping up between September and October.
31 – In this gruesome Rob Zombie flick, a group of carnies is kidnapped and taken to a factory, where are they are informed that they are going to play a game called “31”, which will last for 12 hours. Charly (Sheri Moon Zombie) and her carny pals are forced to navigate a series of maze-like rooms while being hunted by killer clowns.
The Devil’s Rejects – When the murderous Firefly family is the subject of a raid, Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) go on the run, meeting up with Capt. Spaulding (the late Sid Haig). On the path to a remote motel in the desert, they of course continue to torture and kill pretty much everyone they encounter.
The Lords of Salem – Shudder adds a third Rob Zombie film with the addition of this one. Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) is a DJ from Salem, and she has been having nightmares about evil witches, thanks to a record she listened to by a group called The Lords. When the record hits big, Heidi is gifted with concert tickets to see The Lords, but it turns out this isn’t just any concert.
Shudder adds a great ghost story to their September lineup
Lady in White – It’s been a few years since I watched this one, but I remember loving it. An old-fashioned ghost story (with some murder thrown in), Lady in White introduces us to a boy named Frankie (Lukas Haas), who is locked in a coat closet at school by some bullies. While there, he witnesses the apparition of a girl being murdered, and with her help, Frankie goes on a search for the killer.
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue – This Spanish-Italian film was released in 1974, and is also known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and Don’t Open the Window. Through circumstance, George and Edna end up in a small town where a piece of machinery is being tested in the hopes it will kill insects. Oops, turns out it brings the dead back to life instead!
Perfect Blue – For the first time, this animated Japanese film is available to stream. Mima is a popular singer who has decided to take on acting and modeling instead. When she accepts a role on a hot TV show, the people who work for her start getting murdered. Not only that, Mima herself is being stalked.
Mind Game – In another Japnese animated film, Nishi is a 20-year-old loser who dreams of creating his own comic book. One evening he has dinner with his old crush, and ends up being shot by a gangster and stuck in an afterlife/limbo of sorts.
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children – An animated Spanish film, Birdboy tells the story of a mouse named Dinky, who is trapped on an island in post-apocalyptic times. She helps her friends come up with a plan to escape the island.
Nocturna Side A: The Great Old Man’s Night – 100-year-old Ulises is desperately seeking redemption on the last night of his life. He is forced to think back on his past and present, and decide how to make things right.
Lifechanger – Drew is a shape-shifter who is forced to change into someone else every few days; otherwise, he will die a painful death. When he takes on a new identity, he overtakes everything about a person, and they themselves die painful deaths. With the need to change becoming more frequent, Drew knows he is facing his own demise.
Extraordinary Tales – This animated anthology presents five of the best-known stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and Julian Sands narrate the tales, which consist of The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar and The Masque of the Red Death.
Cemetery of Terror – On Halloween night, a group of medical students decide to hold a party inside an abandoned mansion. The mansion was owned by a serial killer named Devlon, who escaped the psychiatric hospital who was confined to, and was killed. When the group of students unknowingly perform a ritual, Devlon is brought back from the dead.
Grave Robbers – An undead Satanist is accidently brought back to life by grave robbers. He sets out to impregnate a virgin with the Antichrist and bring about Armageddon.
Sole Survivor – Denise is the only survivor of a horrific plane crash, and struggles with guilt. When zombie-like people begin stalking her, Denise believes they are trying to give her the death she deserved.
Trick or Treats – Malcolm escapes the asylum he was committed to by his wife Joan, and sets out to seek revenge. But Joan is not at home; instead Linda is babysitting Malcolm’s son Christopher, and becomes the brunt of Malcolm’s need for revenge.
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