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Shudder is premiering a horror movie shot remotely during the lockdown
July 7th, 2020 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

When COVID-19 took over the world, production came to a screeching halt. However, there was one man who came up with an idea to circumvent the evil virus. Rob Savage (Dawn of the Deaf) shot an entire movie Host via Zoom, and it will debut July 30th on Shudder.

According to the press release, “Host was shot remotely during quarantine and features groundbreaking scares, stunts, and surprises, all filmed by the actors in their own homes, operating their own cameras, helping pull off their own practical effects, and lighting their own scenes.” Savage directed the movie remotely, and never had any human contact with the actors.

The horror film was made from idea to air date in less than three months. Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager saw a horror short that Savage made, and asked him if he could do a full-length movie, Savage said that he could, and Engler says that we are getting a feature that “surpassed all our expectations.”

What is it about? Host is the story of six friends who hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargain for as things quickly go wrong. When an evil spirit starts invading their homes, they begin to realize they might not survive the night. The film stars Haley Bishop (Deep State), Radina Drandova (Dawn of the Deaf), Edward Linard (The Rebels), Jemma Moore (Doom: Annihilation), Caroline Ward (Stalling It) and Emma Louise Webb (The Crown).

The actors not only had to learn their own lines, but they also had to perform their own special effects. Personally, I think some of the scariest horror films are the ones with the least CGI or special effects. I prefer ones like American Werewolf in London. Its simplicity made it more terrifying. Something I think Host will also accomplish.

So host a Zoom party on July 30th, and watch Host with your friends. If you dare!


Shudder’s Cursed Films looks at The Crow and The Twilight Zone
April 16th, 2020 under Shudder. [ Comments: 4 ]

Shudder is streaming the last two episodes of their 5-part series Cursed Films. So far they have looked The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Omen. Today, they start streaming what happened on the sets of The Crow and The Twilight Zone.

The Crow is infamous for Brandon Lee being accidentally shot and killed on the set while filming the movie. However, that was not the only reason why this comic book movie was cursed.

Before they even started filming, the production office got a warning that bad things were going to happen. And they did. On the first day of filming, two electricians were in a freak accident. One of the electricians raised the cherry picker on his van, and it hit a live wire. He suffered burns all over his body. He did not die, but he lost his ears.

Then there was Brandon Lee. They explain how the accidental shooting happened. They even demonstrate what went wrong. The docuseries also examined how people thought that the younger Lee was cursed like his father Bruce Lee.

Were both the movie and the actor cursed? That is up for you to decide after you watch.

The second episode deals with The Twilight Zone. Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed while filming a scene. The actor was holding the two kids, walking in the water, explosions going off around him, and a helicopter above him. One of the explosives hit the copter, causing it to crash down on the three actors. None of them survived.

While I don’t think this feature was cursed, I am glad they gave it its own episode. Richard Sawyer, who was a production designer on the film, described everything that led up to the night. Then he details what happened when they were filming the scene and immediately afterward. As he gets closer to the moment, he breaks down more and more. It is heartbreaking to see how that night from 1982 is still really raw to him.

Even though this movie was not cursed, this was my favorite episode of the five.

I really enjoyed the whole series, and I hope Shudder brings it back for a second season. It is always interesting to hear how they make movies even if there were deadly reamifications.


Cursed Films looks at Poltergeist and The Omen
April 10th, 2020 under Shudder. [ Comments: 2 ]

There are so many movies that have the reputation of being cursed, and Cursed Films is exploring five of them on Shudder.

Last week, they looked at The Exorcist. The 1973 flick saw many people related to the film die. Linda Blair broke her back when a stunt went wrong. The house where they filmed was destroyed by fire, and only one room was left untouched. Can you guess which one?

Some people believed the movie was cursed because they welcomed the devil in because of the topic.

That was that movie’s story, what about Poltergeist? Two of the five leads died before the final movie was done filming. Each of the three movies saw an actor die shortly after it came out, after it was done filming or before they were done filming.

Dominique Dunne was murdered by her ex-boyfriend movie just after the movie came out. She was just 22. Julian Beck starred in the second movie and he died of stomach cancer in 1985 before the movie came out. His character was in the third film, and this was before CGI. Therefore, they put a death mask on another actor to make it look like him. Finally, Heather O’Rourke, who starred in all three movies, died before they were done filming the final film. Her death was caused by congenital stenosis of the intestine at the age of just 12. The docuseries explains how they were able to film her final scenes without her.

Those are just three of the reasons why this horror franchise is cursed. There are more scary things about it that are featured in the episode that is streaming now. Plus, we find out what happened to the house from the movie and the very scary clown. that almost took the life of another actor from the film.

As scary as two cursed movies, The Omen is even scarier. There were a lot of near misses for some of the people who worked on the feature; and then there were a few that were not so lucky. Gregory Peck’s planes were involved in two freaky accidents. Luckily for him, he was not on either plane when the accidents happened. There were a few bombings that narrowly missed crew members. Those are the survivors, there was an animal trainer who was killed by a lion shortly after they filmed at a zoo. There were others who were near to the production who did not live to see the movie’s premiere.

Are these movies truly cursed? That is something they ask in each episode. Their theories made me wonder, but they will stop me from thinking what I think. The lore is just as much interesting as the film they are attached to.

I thought I knew a lot about the curses on these films, but I learned even more by watching the series.

Next Thursday, they look at The Twilight Zone and Creepshow.

Hopefully, this series will get picked up for a second season, and they add Rebel Without a Cause to their list. That is the most cursed film in all of Hollywood history. All three leads died young of tragic deaths. But that is for next season. This season features the five films and you can watch three of the episodes now on Shudder.


Shudder looks at cursed movie sets that are scarier than the movie
February 26th, 2020 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

Some of the scariest movies ever made are The Exorcist, The Omen, and Poltergeist. All three of those movies had something happen when the cameras weren’t rolling that is scarier than the movie itself.

Several cast members from Poltergeist died young, including the two actresses who played the daughters. They were not the only ones to die before their movies came out. Vic Murrow and Brandon Lee were both killed, making their movies The Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Crow.

Shudder is streaming a 5-part documentary, Cursed Movies, that looks at the curses behind all of those films starting on April 2nd. Were they really cursed, or was it just a coincidence that several people, who worked on The Omen, were on different planes that all got struck by lightning while the feature was in production?

We will find out. Make sure to keep the lights on because you won’t be able to sleep at night after you watch this docuseries. Truth is always scarier than fiction.

Hopefully, if they get a second season, they will do the most infamously cursed movie. While Rebel Without a Cause was not a horror movie, what happened to all three leads is.


Belzebuth will possess your nightmares
August 29th, 2019 under Shudder. [ Comments: none ]

Belzebuth, which is streaming on Shudder now, is the type of horror movie you watch that stays with you long after the credits roll. It is a scary movie that plays out in the perfect amount of time. While some movies drag on and on, they waste no time with getting the story started and keeping up the pace during the whole feature.

Belzebuth starts with Detective Ritter (Joaquín Cosio) being excited because his baby boy was just born. That happiness will not last because a nurse will go into the maternity ward and stab him several times before slashing her own throat.

The movie skips ahead five years and a young boy opens fire in a kindergarten class. He kills several students, some teachers and himself. Detective Ritter is called out to cover the case. It is a mystery why this boy did it.

As the country deals with that horror, a woman wraps herself with a live wire and jumps into a pool, killing several children and herself. Again Ritter is asked to investigate this case. Ivan Franco (Tate Ellington) shows up at the scene and tells Ritter the three crimes are all connected.

Together the two of them will look for what is connecting all of these horrific murders. They will talk to a psychic for guidance. As she looks for a connection with them, they find out that there is a very strong entity that does not want to be stopped.

The two men will go to Vasilio Canetti (Tobin Bell). He is a former priest who was excommunicated as a consequence for something he did during an exorcism. He tells them what the connection is and why they are out to kill certain children including Ritter’s son. The three of them will work together to protect a special little boy.

However, along the way, one of them will be possessed by a demonic spirit. The spirit will do everything in his power to kill that boy. It is a fight of good vs evil with only one winner. Who will it be?

Belzebuth was directed by Emilio Portes and written by him and Luis Carlos Fuentes. The film does not rely heavily on special effects which makes it even more terrifying. You feel you are there with them and all of this is really happening. Movies that are not CGI heavy are more believable and scary because they feel authentic. I cannot remember the last time a possession film went old school, but they made the right choice by not giving into computer graphics.

The movie takes place on the Mexican/USA border, so large parts of it are in Spanish. However, about a quarter of the way through, they switch to English and go back and forth from thereon.

Belzebuth is the perfect movie to watch with someone because it is too scary to watch alone. Make sure to Shudder and Shrill this weekend with someone special.


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