This week’s guide to what to watch on Shudder features Tenebrae, Halloween II, and short film I Want You Inside Me…
What to Watch on Shudder: Tenebrae
Dario Argento’s 1982 giallo classic Tenebrae is a must-see for fans of the sub-genre and horror in general. Taking place in Rome (but with English dialogue), the film is about an American writer who is stalked by a killer obsessed with murdering people relating to the writer’s latest work. The film was actually inspired real experiences; Argento received death threats over the telephone, and he wanted to explore senseless killings, which he had heard about in Los Angeles. Starring Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, and Daria Nicolodi, the film combines mystery with a violent slasher. The visuals are impeccably styled, and there is a Hitchcockian air which permeates the film. With striking flashbacks and a high body count, Tenebrae is great viewing.
What to Watch on Shudder: Halloween II
The first sequel to quintessential horror Halloween is well worth a watch. Released in 1981, the film takes an usual step as far as sequels go. Events in the film pick up moments after the ending of the 1978 film, as Dr Loomis searches for Michael Myers whilst Laurie is taken to hospital. Halloween II reveals a twist in the central relationship, which has an impact on the rest of the film series. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, the film is a gory slasher. So much so, that several edits were made to the death scenes when the film was shown on US television.
What to Watch on Shudder: I Want You Inside Me
Director Alice Shindelar’s 2016 short I Want You Inside Me is a coming-of-age film crossed with horror. Written by Alex Cannon, the film is about a teenage girl who wants to lose her virginity to a guy from her high school. His disappear act, however, leaves her mystified. The film has a sufficient hook to keep viewers engaged for the thirteen-minute run time, and is worth watching alone for the surprising finale.
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