Shudder‘s wildly popular “Halfway to Halloween Hotline,” offering horror fans made-to-measure movie recommendations, makes a welcome return this April as part of Shudder’s annual “Halfway to Halloween” initiative, which also showcases an excellent new of original series and films and genre-defining additions to Shudder’s already extensive catalog of timeless horror classics.
Commenting on the impending celebrations, Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager said: “We’re curating a slate of the best in horror all year round, but April and October give us a unique opportunity to connect with and hear from our members directly about the movies they’re craving and what they love most about the genre. And we’re pairing that with an impressive lineup of new, fan-favorite titles, as we continue to go deep on the genre like only Shudder can.”
Every Friday in April, between 15:00 – 16:00 ET / 20:00 – 21:00 BST, Shudder subscribers will be invited to hop on a call with Samuel Zimmerman, to receive their very own made-to-measure horror movie recommendations from Shudder’s vast movie library, covering everything from your all-time favorite genre films to this year’s buzziest upcoming releases. A new hotline phone number will be announced every Friday across Shudder’s social media platforms.
Please note: While recommendations are provided for free, normal phone and long-distance charges may apply. Call volume is expected to be high, so please keep trying if a busy signal is received. There are no guarantees that every call will be answered, but Sam will get through as many as he can within the hour.
NEW SHUDDER ORIGINAL AND EXCLUSIVE FILMS & SERIES
Cursed Films II – A Shudder Original Series
New Series Premieres 7th April with New Episodes Every Thursday
Shudder’s acclaimed documentary series is back to explore the facts and myths surrounding a new batch of famous films some consider cursed. The new season will feature The Wizard of Oz, Rosemary’s Baby, Stalker, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and Cannibal Holocaust. Featuring new interviews with FX expert and former Mythbusters host Adam Savage, Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, actor Bill Pullman, and director Ruggero Deodato, among many others.
The Cellar – A Shudder Original
New Film Premieres 15th April
Filmed on location in Roscommon, Ireland, The Cellar tells the story of Keira Woods (Elisha Cuthbert), whose daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house in the country. Keira soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever. Official Selection, SXSW 2022. Written and directed by Brendan Muldowney.
Virus 32 – A Shudder Original
New Film Premieres 21st April
A virus breaks out and a chilling massacre rages through the streets. The sick become hunters, and only calm their fever by unscrupulously killing all those not yet infected. Unaware of this, Iris (Paula Silva) and her daughter spend the day in the sports club where Iris works as a security guard. When night falls, their fight for survival begins. Their only hope of salvation arrives when they discover that after each attack, the infected seem to stop for 32 seconds of calm before attacking again. Also stars Daniel Hendler and Sofía González. Written by Juma Fodde and Gustavo Hernández and directed by Gustavo Hernández.
NEW ADDITIONS TO SHUDDER’S MOVIE LIBRARY
4th April: Haunt, Lords of Salem, Cutterhead, The Ritual, You Might Be the Killer
11th April: Rocktober Blood, [REC] 2, [REC] 3: Genesis, [REC] 4: Apocalypse, Puppet Master, Puppet Master 2, Puppet Master 3
12th April: Subspecies, The Pit and the Pendulum, Intruder
18th April: The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula Seasons 1-3, Antiviral, The Crazies
25th April: Etheria – Season 5, Nekrotronic, The Reef, Jamie Marks is Dead
29th April: Becky
30th April: Insidious, Insidious 2, Insidious 3