What to Watch on Shudder: Ginger Snaps and More

This week’s what to watch on Shudder features Ginger Snaps, The Innkeepers, and Innsmouth. Here’s more on this week’s picks…

What to Watch on Shudder: Ginger Snaps

2000’s Ginger Snaps is a great addition to the werewolf sub-genre. Director John Fawcett’s film focuses on two teenage girls in a suburban town. When Ginger is bitten by a creature, she starts to develop signs of lycanthropy. The film combines a coming-of-age story with a gory horror. It mixes teenage issues with mystical allegory in a way that is similar to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. Although, Ginger Snaps is light on the humour and heavy on the blood. Fawcett shows just how to make a modern werewolf film bite. Ginger Snaps is now considered a cult movie, and justly so.

What to Watch on Shudder: The Innkeepers

Supernatural horror The Innkeepers combines frights with laughs. The 2012 film, written and directed by Ti West, effectively balances humour with terror. Two members of staff at an inn decide to investigate the hotel’s supposedly haunted past. The focus remains on the two protagonists, and The Innkeepers is all the better for this. The film boasts a decent script, effective sound, and some good, sustained tension. Although the ending is a little disappointing, overall the film is a well worth watching for those who enjoy supernatural horror. Read a full review of The Innkeepers here.

What to Watch on Shudder: Innsmouth

Writer-director Izzy Lee’s 2015 short Innsmouth shows some promise. The film is about a police detective who travels to the town of Innsmouth after discovering a clue at a crime scene. The film takes inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft, with not only its setting but some facets of the story. A gentle build makes way for a strange middle and a startling conclusion.

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What to Watch on Shudder: Black Sunday and More

Looking for something scary to watch? Here is this week’s guide of what to watch on Shudder features Black Sunday, The Canal, and short Consommé

What to Watch on Shudder: Black Sunday

Black Sunday (also known as The Mask of Satan and Revenge of the Vampire) is a bonafide horror classic. Directed by genre royalty Mario Bava, the 1960 film was originally banned in the UK. The film is about a witch who returns from the grave to threaten her lookalike descendant. Bava is pretty near pitch-perfect with Black Sunday. The setting, the lighting, and editing are all on point. Special effects are great for the era, and Bava does not shy away from gore. The film was the breakthrough for horror queen Barbara Steele, who is enchanting in a dual role. The film has influenced filmmakers for decades, including Francis Ford Coppola and Tim Burton. Black Sunday is a paean to gothic exuberance.

What to Watch on Shudder: The Canal

Writer-director Ivan Kavangh’s 2014 film The Canal is a nerve-racking and engaging watch. The film is about an archivist whose life starts to fall apart after viewing old footage of a murder that occurred over a century ago. Kavangh astutely combines supernatural elements with a psychological horror. There is a mystery at the centre of the film, and the director keeps viewers guessing as protagonist David slowly breaks down. The 16mm footage is used exceptionally well. The Canal ramps up tension in the second half, delivering sufficient scares. Unlike so many recent horror films, the conclusion is not a disappointment. After a gentle start, The Canal delivers a frightening and memorable climax.

What to Watch on Shudder: Consommé

Writer-director Catherine Fordham’s short Consommé is an inventive twist on the rape-revenge sub-genre. The 2015 film does not shy away from gore, yet the build up is subtle and well-paced. Actress Monica West (who also stars in Fordham’s Best Thing You’ll Ever Do) is striking in the central role. Consommé is a rewarding five-minute watch.

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What to Watch on Shudder: American Psycho and More

This week’s picks of what to watch on Shudder features American Psycho, Sun Choke, and short The Room at the Top of the Stairs…

What to Watch on Shudder: American Psycho

Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho is on of the best films of the 21st century. Purists may claim that the film misses key scenes from the novel. However, the film is pretty much a masterclass on how to adapt an unwieldy book for the big screen. Christian Bale is perfectly cast as the investment banker who hides his psychopathic tendencies behind a polished facade. A smart and entertaining satire on shallow, capitalist culture, the film does not shy away from brutal depictions of violence. Patrick Bateman is an iconic character, and proof that horror serial killers come in all packages. American Psycho will make you laugh, make you wince, and entertain throughout.

What to Watch on Shudder: Sun Choke

Writer-director Ben Cresciman’s 2015 film Sun Choke is a strange and intriguing mystery thriller. The film is about a recovering young woman who is made to carry out daily wellness rituals by her caretaker. The film exudes mystery; it is unclear initially what the source of horror is. As the film progresses, this aspect is truly interesting to watch. Sun Choke features a great performance by Sarah Hagan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans may recognise the actress from the final season of the show). She is ably assisted by horror stalwart Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next). Sun Choke is a well-paced and nervy watch.

What to Watch on Shudder: The Room at the Top of the Stairs

Briony Kidd’s 2010 short The Room at the Top of the Stairs has a haunting, gothic quality. The film is about a young artist who feels overshadowed by a girl she has never met. Rather than overt scares, writer-director Kidd deals covert fears and realisations. The Room at the Top of the Stairs is a promising short from the Tasmanian filmmaker.

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What to Watch on Shudder: I Vampiri and More

A look at some of the highlights on horror platform Shudder. Here’s what to watch on Shudder this week…

What to Watch on Shudder: I Vampiri

Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava’s I Vampiri (also known as Lust of the Vampire) is an Italian gothic classic. The film combines a detective story with a horror movie. Like many gothic films, the scares do not come thick and fast. However, the wonderful atmosphere and gothic excess make up for this, particularly in later scenes. I Vampiri is about an investigation into a spate of murders of young women. Each of these women are found with the blood drained. Set in Paris, Pierre Lantin is the journalist hot on the trail of the perpetrator. The film combines a modern setting with some classic gothic tropes. Moreover, the visual effects are great for the period.

What to Watch on Shudder: Raze

Josh C. Waller’s Raze offers an enticing premise and a brutal execution. The film is about kidnapped women who are forced into fighting each other for survival. Raze combines a terrifying premise with some fantastic fight sequences. Waller injects a ferociousness to these sequences; the violence is hard to watch at times. He is ably assisted by the skills of actress and stunt woman Zoë Bell (a Quentin Tarantino favourite, and star of Whip It), who plays protagonist Sabrina. There are similarities with The Purge: Anarchy (released the following year), yet Raze is very much its own film.

What to Watch on Shudder: Venefica

Maria Wilson directs, produces and stars in short film Venefica. The film is about a modern-day witch who must complete a ritual to see how her magic will be used. Venefica offers sufficient intrigue and good production values. Maria Wilson’s film is worth eight minutes of your time.

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What to Watch on Shudder: Shivers and More

Horror aficionados, gather round and look at the highlights on horror streaming platform Shudder. Here is what to watch on Shudder this week…

What to Watch on Shudder: Shivers

1975’s Shivers was writer-director David Cronenberg’s first commercial movie. Those who have seen the filmmakers other pictures will recognise some distinctly Cronenbergian motifs in this mid-1970s film. Shivers offers the trademark body horror, as well as the destruction of normal human society. The residents of an apartment block in Canada are infected with a parasite that turns them into sex-crazed fiends, hellbent on converting others. The set up is reminiscent of High-Rise (the book was published the same year as Shivers was released). The film is far superior to the film adaptation released in 2015. Shivers’ cast includes horror royalty Barbara Steele, and was produced by Cronenberg’s fellow Canadian Ivan Reitman (best-known for directing Ghostbusters).

What to Watch on Shudder: We Go On

We Go On is a Shudder exclusive from filmmakers Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton. Despite the platform, We Go On is not a traditional horror; the film is better described as a supernatural drama. Miles, a loner, is paralysed by his fear of dying. He takes out an advert offering $30,000 to anyone who can prove the existence of life after death. Naturally, he receives several responses. The film is worth a watch because of its interesting premise and its rendering of the search of life after death. Those looking for scares galore may be disappointed, however the storytelling intrigues and the feeling of dread is permeable. We Go On‘s cast features Annette O’Toole (aka Lana Lang from Superman III).

What to Watch on Shudder: The Stylist

2016’s The Stylist is a short film from director and co-writer Jill Gevargizian. The film is about a hair stylist waiting for her final client of the day. The less known about the narrative the better. Suffice to say, The Stylist is a macabre little tale. Najarra Townsend is immensely watchable in the short.

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