SHUDDER JANUARY 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
Every time I post an article about the upcoming films on Shudder, I get a little excited. Not just because the service is knocking it out of the park with its originals (The Last Drive-In marathon, A Very Joe Bob Christmas, anyone???), but it's also showing some films and series that I've never watched but want to (Don't Look Now, A Discovery of Witches) or something I haven't seen in forever and have been itching to (Cat People). Check out what is on tap for January at Shudder. There are a lot of things to look forward to, for sure.
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JANUARY 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
Magic is real… and so are monsters in the new Shudder and Sundance Now original series A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, based on the bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy by author Deborah Harkness. Binge all eight episodes of the first season this month, as well as new Shudder Exclusive films COLD SKIN and DON’T LEAVE HOME.
New exclusive films, series, specials and other featured programming coming to Shudder’s US feed next month.
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES — available Thursday, January 17
While studying at Oxford, Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Bridge), an untrained witch and historian, discovers the tome desired by all three magical species: witches, vampires, and daemons. She knows she must solve its mysteries and is offered help to do so from a vampire named Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode, The Crown, Downton Abbey). Diana must decide if a witch can truly trust a vampire. The magical world of Deborah Harkness’ bestselling, critically acclaimed novels comes to life in this Shudder Original Series.
SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE FILMS
COLD SKIN (2018) — available Thursday, January 10
Director: Xavier Gens, Cast: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido
On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…
DON’T LEAVE HOME (2018) — available Thursday, January 31
Director: Michael Tully, Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Lalor Roddy, Helena Bereen
After recently unveiling her new sculptural exhibit on Irish urban legends, artist Melanie Thomas is contacted by Father Alistair Burke, a reclusive Irish priest who, legend has it, once painted the portrait of a young girl who later disappeared on the very day her image vanished from the painting. Now, summoned by Burke and his cohort to the Irish countryside for a special art commission, Melanie eagerly accepts the offer, never stopping to consider that some urban legends might be true.
ADDITIONAL MOVIES IN JANUARY
Cat People (1982, Paul Schrader)
Nastassja Kinski stars in this erotic fantasy about a beautiful young woman who discovers love for the first time, only to find that the explosive experience brings tragic consequences. With Malcolm McDowell and John Heard
The Changeling (1980, Peter Medak) — ONLY ON SHUDDER
Consumed by grief, a New York composer moves to a secluded Victorian mansion. There he finds himself haunted by a paranormal entity that may unleash an even more disturbing secret. Starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere and Melvyn Douglas
Don’t Look Now (1973, Nicolas Roeg)
On a trip to Venice, a young couple whose daughter has just died meet a psychic who leads them into a frightening and suspenseful experience. Based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland and Hilary Mason
The Faculty (1998, Robert Rodriguez)
A band of students suspect body snatching extraterrestrials have taken over in this '90s favorite. Starring Salma Hayek, Josh Hartnett, Famke Janssen, Jordana Brewster and Elijah Wood
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992, Anthony Hickox)
A team of scientists discover a miracle cure that stops the spread of a deadly disease, only to find three years later that their creation has taken on a horrifying life of its own. Starring Terry Farrell, Doug Bradley and Kevin Bernhardt
Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003, Prachya Pinkaew)
Tony Jaa electrifies as a religious young warrior who swears an oath of peace. But when a gangster steals the head of Ong-Bak, his village’s deity, Ting heads for Bangkok to get it back. With Petchtai Wongkamlao and Pumwaree Yodkamol
Ong Bak 2 (2008, Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai)
Tony Jaa stars in this epic tale of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. This prequel to Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior takes Jaa’s skills to the next level, showcasing him as a master of a wide range of martial arts styles. With Sarunyu Wongkrachang and Sorapong Chatree
Tales from the Crypt (1972, Freddie Francis)
Five strangers go with a tourist group to view old caves. Separated from the main group, they find themselves in a room with the mysterious Crypt Keeper, who details how each of the strangers will die. Starring Joan Collins, Peter Cushing and Ralph Richardson
Darling (2015, Mickey Keating)
A housesitting job starts a terrifying chain of events as a woman begins to have maddening visions. Starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young and Brian Morvant
The Last Showing (2014, Phil Hawkins)
Movie night turns deadly when a deranged projectionist casts one unlucky couple in his twisted film. By luring them through a gauntlet of increasingly deadly traps, the sadistic director is determined to make a movie that is truly to die for. Starring Robert Englund, Finn Jones and Emily Berrington.
The Void (2017, Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski)
A cult traps a police officer inside a hospital that soon becomes inhabited by demonic monsters. This must-see chiller has been favorably compared to John Carpenter classics like THE THING and PRINCE OF DARKNESS, complete with superb practical effects and a scary synth score. Starring Aaron Poole, Daniel Carter and Kathleen Munroe.
And in case you missed the December lineup:
Night of the Living Deb (2015, Kyle Rankin)
Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine but can't remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan ushers her out the door… into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. A walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life is trusting them with your heart. Starring Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy, Julie Brister and Ray Wise
Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000, Bong Joon-ho)
In Bong Joon-ho’s directorial debut film, an unemployed grad student with an expectant wife is driven to distraction by a yapping dog located somewhere in his large apartment complex. Determined to relieve his annoyance, he sets off to take extreme action against his tormentor; an action that will come to haunt him. Starring Doona Bae, Sung-Jae Lee and Hee-Bong Byun.
Bloody Birthday (1981, Ed Hunt)
Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings and beyond. Can the town’s grown-ups stop these pint-sized serial killers before their blood-soaked birthday bash? Starring Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, and Julie Brown
Deadbeat at Dawn (1988, Jim Van Bebber)
A gang leader’s girlfriend is brutally slaughtered when he attempts to leave the criminal life behind. Coerced into taking part in one last heist by his former gang, who, in his absence have formed an uneasy alliance with the thugs that butchered his girl, he sees an opportunity to exact a brutal and bloody revenge. Starring Paul Harper, Jim Van Bebber and Megan Murphy
Big Man Japan (2007, Hitoshi Matsumoto)
As Big Man Japan, Daisato inherited the role of defending Japan against a host of bizarre monsters. He receives high-voltage electroshocks which transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high. However, where his predecessors were revered as national heroes, he is an outcast among the citizens he protects. Starring Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, and Ua
Brain Damage (1988, Frank Henenlotter)
Meet Elmer, your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer’s addictive spell, it’s not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite’s preferred food source – brains! Starring Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald and Jennifer Lowry
Exiled (2006, Johnnie To)
Four men gather outside an apartment complex, each waiting for the same man to arrive. Two are sent to take this man out; two are there to save him. The target suggests a last job to set his wife and child up before his execution. The group agrees and set off to pull the biggest heist of their lives. Starring Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong and Francis Ng
Images (1972, Robert Altman)
The husband of a pregnant children’s book author may or may not be having an affair. While on vacation in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger. Starring Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois and Marcel Bozzuffi
Bangkok Knockout (2010, Panna Rittikrai)
This action thriller features a range of martial art disciplines when a group of “fight club” friends, whose styles vary from Muay Thai, Capoeira to Kung Fu and Tai Chi, must join forces and fight for their lives in a daring rescue of a kidnapped friend. Starring Sorapong Chatree, Kerttisak Udomnak and Krittiya Lardphanna
Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972, Lucio Fulci)
After a trio of child murders, villagers suspect a local witch who practices voodoo. But nothing’s simple in this twisted mystery and soon reporter Barbara Bouchet sets out to find the real kiddie killer. Before he became famous for gory goodies like ZOMBIE, director Lucio Fulci churned out gripping giallos, of which this film is arguably his finest. Starring Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet and Tomas Milian.
Madhouse (1981, Ovidio Assonitis)
Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary, but Mary hasn’t forgotten. Escaping the hospital where she’s recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia’s sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year, promising a birthday surprise that she’ll never forget. Starring Trish Everly, Michael MacRae and Dennis Robertson
Merantau (2009, Gareth Evans)
After a chance encounter with an orphan named Astri, Yuda is plunged into the violent world of human trafficking where he is forced to go on the run. Relentlessly sought by a European trafficking ring, he has no choice but to face his attackers in an adrenaline charged, jaw-dropping finale. Starring Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica and Christine Hakim
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