Shudder has confirmed acquiring the rights to the documentary This is GWAR which world premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, and took home the 2021 Audience Award at NIGHTSTREAM.
Directed by Scott Barber (Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story), This is GWAR is the powerful story of the 30-plus year career of one of the world’s most outrageous heavy metal bands, GWAR, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years. The feature documentary includes interviews with the band members, both past and present, and a myriad of other artists, including Weird Al Yankovic, Thomas Lennon, Alex Winter, Bam Margera, and Ethan Embry, including never seen footage of legendary GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus).
Commenting on the pick-up, Shudder General Manager Craig Engler said, “For more than three decades, GWAR has set the standard for heavy metal horror with larger-than-life personas and gore-filled stage shows that were unlike anything anyone had ever seen … But even their most ardent fans have never seen them like this, as the band and director Scott Barber reveal in moving detail the literal blood, sweat and tears that have made GWAR the true legends they are today.”
GWAR went on to say, “GWAR is founded on horror, humor, and heavy metal. Of course, we love Shudder! It’s our favorite. Every movie is like a home movie for us. Are you kidding me?? Monsters, demons, the undead, dinosaurs? Those are our people! GWAR and Shudder. Two terrifying tastes that taste terrifying together.”
The documentary is produced by Tommy Avallone (Bill Murray Stories) and Josh Goldbloom (V/H/S/94) whilst Executive Producers include Bill Parks, Zach Blair, Matthew Helderman, and Luke Taylor.
This is GWAR will be available exclusively on Shudder in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on Thursday, July 21, 2022.