WRESTLING SUPERSTAR CHRIS JERICHO TO CO-HOST ‘THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS’





WRESTLING SUPERSTAR CHRIS JERICHO TO CO-HOST ‘THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS’ SEASON PREMIERE
Series Returns to Shudder Friday, April 24, at 9pm ET/PT

APRIL 14, 2020 — ​Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, announced today that AEW “Le Champion” and Fozzy singer Chris Jericho will co-host the upcoming season premiere episode of ​The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, streaming Friday, April 24 at 9PM ET.
“When Joe Bob Briggs asked me to come watch a movie featuring butt darts, brain sucking, backgammon for digits, a maniacal mini-Oates AND a dick dog, I said: what time and what trailer park!” said Chris Jericho.
“Chris Jericho is the most exciting wrestling personality to befriend horror since Rowdy Roddy Piper co-hosted ​They Live! with me on TNT years ago,” said ​The Last Drive-In host Joe Bob Briggs. “In fact, Jericho may be the most famous wrestler in the world right now, not to mention lead singer for a metal band that charted on Billboard with an anthem that thousands of arena fans know by heart. I’m gonna share the hosting chair with Chris so that he can go wild on a seventies horror classic he’s been crazy about since high school. He’s a world class athlete, podcaster, actor, musician—he’s really a one-man bundle of pop-culture fun—and on April 24th he’s gonna prove that he’s also a drive-in kind of guy.”
A short while ago, Jericho shared the following video announcing his appearance to his @IAmJericho Twitter account: ​https://twitter.com/IAmJericho/status/1250116710281158656
On ​The Last Drive-In, Joe Bob Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presents an eclectic horror movie double feature, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. Episodes of ​The Last Drive-In​ first stream on the Shudder TV live feed in the U.S. and Canada before being made available on demand. The show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended on Twitter during the premiere of every episode in season one and across four holiday specials, including ​Joe Bob’s Halloween Hootenanny and ​A Very Joe Bob Christmas. New episodes will premiere on Shudder Friday nights through June 26.
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs series is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings.
The new season of ​The Last Drive-In is part of April’s “Halfway to Halloween” Month on Shudder. Other highlights this month include the new series ​Cursed Films, a new season of Australian slasher ​Wolf Creek​ and a special collection of the first eight ​Friday the 13th movies.
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ABOUT SHUDDER
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SHUDDER TO UNLEASH ‘Z’ FOR MOTHER’S DAY





SHUDDER TO UNLEASH ‘Z’ FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Child’s Imaginary Friend Becomes Parents’ Worst Nightmare in Horror Film Starring Keegan Connor Tracy (​Bates Motel) & Sean Rogerson (​Grave Encounters)

April 16, 2020 —​ Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today that it has acquired all rights in its territories to ​Z, the latest horror film from director Brandon Christensen (​Still/Born). The film, which stars Keegan Connor Tracy (​Bates Motel), Sean Rogerson (​Grave Encounters), Jett Klyne (​The Boy), Sara Canning (​The Vampire Diaries) and Stephen McHattie (​Pontypool), is the story of Elizabeth, a young mother who begins to fear her introverted son’s imaginary friend, Z, may be terrifyingly real. Shudder will release ​Z on May 7—just in time for Mother’s Day.
“Brandon’s ​Still/Born was a tense, frightening film grounded in a tragic story that Shudder members quickly embraced and turned into a hit. We jumped at the chance to work with him again on ​Z, which were excited to debut next month,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.
“When ​Still/Born premiered on Shudder on Mother’s Day in 2018, it was clear that they understood what the film was going for and allowed it to shine,” said Christensen. “With ​Z, we once again have a film about a tortured mother and father, diving into the psyche of what it’s like to have a child with a mind of their own. I’m thrilled to be teaming with Shudder and once again releasing a film on Mother’s Day, where we can both celebrate and terrify mothers once again.”
Z is written by Christensen and Colin Minihan and produced by Chris Ball, Kurtis David Harder, Christensen and Minihan. The deal was negotiated by Emily Gotto on behalf of Shudder and by ICM on behalf of the filmmakers.
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ABOUT SHUDDER
AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. ​New members can enjoy 30-days free with the promo code SHUTIN when signing up at Shudder.com.



AMC to Air the First Season of Shudder’s Hit Horror Anthology Series “Creepshow”





AMC to Air the First Season of Shudder’s Hit Horror Anthology Series “Creepshow”
Two episodes will air back-to-back on Mondays at 9:00/8:00c from May 4 through May 18.

[via press release from AMC]

AMC TO AIR THE FIRST SEASON OF SHUDDER’S HIT HORROR ANTHOLOGY SERIES “CREEPSHOW”

TWO EPISODES WILL AIR BACK-TO-BACK ON MONDAYS AT 9:00PM ET/10C FROM MAY 4 THROUGH MAY 18

Six-Episode Series is Executive Produced by The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero

New York, NY – April 14, 2020 – AMC announced today that it will air the popular horror anthology series Creepshow, currently available on Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror fans. Two episodes will air back-to-back on Mondays at 9:00pm ET/8c from May 4 through May 18. Executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Creepshow is based on the iconic 1982 movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero and features twelve chilling tales told over six, hour-long episodes.

“Nothing could make me happier than to continue my creative relationship with AMC by having Creepshow play on AMC Networks,” said Nicotero. “This project truly is a labor of love for me and an opportunity for me to continue the legacy of George Romero by continuing the tradition of Creepshow with scary, thrilling and fun takes of suspense and terror.”

“Creepshow was a phenomenal success in its first season on Shudder. As we continue to experiment with show sharing across our portfolio of defining brands at AMC Networks, it felt like a no brainer to give fans of Greg Nicotero’s masterful zombie work on The Walking Dead Universe a chance to see this, his passion project,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “Greg’s Creepshow is a brilliant homage to the original classic horror film and we couldn’t happier to air it on AMC, or more grateful to our colleagues at Shudder.”

Creepshow features an all-star cast, including David Arquette (Scream franchise), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Tobin Bell (Saw), Big Boi (Scream: The TV Series), Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek, Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (Drunk Parents), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and DJ Qualls (Supernatural), and features adaptations of stories by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Josh Malerman and others. Nicotero’s Oscar(R), BAFTA(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning make-up effects studio KNB EFX GROUP serves as creature creators.

A schedule for series rollout is below:

Monday, May 4 at 9:00pm ET/8c

Episode 1, featuring the stories:

“Gray Matter”

Story by: Stephen King, adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, brave a storm to check on Richie, an alcoholic single father, after encountering his terrified son at the local convenience store. The story, first published in 1973, is part of King’s best-selling 1978 collection, Night Shift.

“The House of the Head”

Written by: Josh Malerman (Bird Box)

Directed by: John Harrison

A severed toy head appears in a girl’s dollhouse and starts murdering.

Monday, May 4 at 10:00pm ET/9c

Episode 2, featuring the stories:

“Bad Wolf Down”

Written by: Rob Schrab

Directed by: Rob Schrab

A group of American soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines during World War II, finds an unconventional way to even the odds.

“The Finger”

Written by: David J. Schow (The Crow)

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

An unhappy man discovers a severed, inhuman appendage on the street and brings it home, where it grows into a loyal companion with some deadly quirks.

Monday, May 11 at 9:00pm ET/8c

Episode 3, featuring the stories:

“All Hallows Eve”

Written by: Bruce Jones

Directed by: John Harrison

Even then they’re a little too old, this group of friends still want to trick-or-treat but getting candy isn’t all they are looking for.

“The Man in the Suitcase”

Written by: Christopher Buehlman

Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)

A college student brings the wrong bag home from the airport only to find a pretzeled man trapped inside, afflicted by a strange condition that turns his pain into gold.

Monday, May 11 at 10:00pm ET/9c

Episode 4, featuring the stories:

“The Companion”

Story by: Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, adapted by Matt Venne

Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)

A young boy, bullied by his older brother, sneaks into an abandoned farm that is protected by a supernatural force.

“Lydia Layne’s Better Half”

Story by: John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, adapted by John Harrison

Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)

A powerful woman denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.

Monday, May 18 at 9:00pm ET/8c

Episode 5, featuring the stories:

“Night of the Paw”

Written by: John Esposito

Directed by: John Harrison

A lonely mortician finds company in the ultimate ‘be careful what you wish for’ story.

“Times is Tough in Musky Holler”

Written by: John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story

Directed by: John Harrison

Leaders who once controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.

Monday, May 18 at 10:00pm ET/9c

Episode 6, featuring the stories:

“Skincrawlers”

Written by: Paul Dini & Stephen Langford

Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)

A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.

“By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain”

Story by: Joe Hill, adapted by Jason Ciaramella

Directed by: Tom Savini

Her dad died looking for the monster living at the bottom of Lake Champlain, and now, will she?

Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment: Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Greg Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman co-executive producer for Striker Entertainment.

About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series with Mad Men in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before Breaking Bad won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series The Walking Dead is the highest-rated series in cable history. AMC’s current original drama series are Better Call Saul, Dispatches from Elsewhere, Fear the Walking Dead, NOS4A2, Quiz, Soulmates, The Terror, The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond and the recently greenlit 61st Street, Kevin Can F Himself, Pantheon and National Anthem. AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like Talking Dead, AMC Visionaries and Ride with Norman Reedus. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.




‘CURSED FILMS’ SUMMONS 2​ND​ BIGGEST PREMIERE EVER FOR SHUDDER





‘CURSED FILMS’ SUMMONS 2​ND​ BIGGEST PREMIERE EVER FOR SHUDDER
New Show Is Shudder’s Most-Watched Series After ‘Creepshow’ And Most-Watched Documentary Ever

April 9, 2020 — The Shudder original series ​Cursed Films debuted to huge numbers for the streaming service, becoming the second most-watched series premiere in Shudder history behind only breakout hit Creepshow. ​Cursed Films​ also stands as the service’s most-watched documentary premiere (series or film) ever. The series, which is part of Shudder’s “Halfway to Halloween Month” programming lineup, released its second and third episodes earlier today, focused on ​The Omen​ and ​Poltergeist.
“Cursed Films​ became an instant hit for us across every metric we have, including total number of viewers, percentage of subscribers who watched during its opening weekend, and completion rate,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager. “Jay Cheel’s thoughtful — and at times heartbreaking — examination of the tragic events that led people to label films like ​The Exorcist​ and ​The Omen​ ‘cursed’ has clearly resonated with audiences and critics.”
“The entire ​Cursed Films​ team is thrilled by the enthusiastic response the series has received from critics and horror fans,” said series writer/director Jay Cheel. “It was a deeply gratifying experience traveling around the US and Canada, interviewing some childhood horror heroes along with some of the most intelligent, articulate, and empathetic subjects a documentary filmmaker could ask for. We’re so excited to finally be able to share the finished product with Shudder’s members who we hope find the experience of watching ​Cursed Films​ as rewarding as we did making it.”
Cursed Films explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who experienced these events first hand. Were these movies really cursed, as many believe, or just victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances? ​The Exorcist​ star Linda Blair, ​The Omen​ director Richard Donner, Poltergeist III​ director Gary Sherman, podcaster Matt Gourley, critic April Wolfe and ​Fangoria​ editor Phil Nobile Jr are among the many insiders and experts interviewed for the series.
Last week’s record-breaking premiere focused on the legend and impact of ​The Exorcist​ “curse.” Episodes two and three, premiering today, explore whether the Devil himself might have cursed ​The Omen, and if a curse might be connected to the tragic deaths associated with the Poltergeist franchise. The final two episodes, examining the horrific deaths on the sets of ​The Crow​ and ​Twilight Zone: The Movie, will premiere Thursday, April 16.
Cursed Films​ is written, directed and edited by Jay Cheel (​How to Build a Time Machine) and executive produced by Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith and Laura Perlmutter for First Love Films, along with Jay Cheel and Brian Robertson.
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ABOUT FIRST LOVE FILMS
Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith created FIRST LOVE to create exceptional screen based content regardless of the platform. Since 2012, FIRST LOVE has played on the most prestigious screens across the world, including Sundance, TIFF, Locarno, and AFI. FIRST LOVE has taken home over dozens of top awards including a Canadian Screen Award, Grand Prix at Claremont Ferrand, and the Locarno’s Jury Prize. Most recently First Love produced COLD (New Form/Go90), WARIGAMI (CW/CBC), CURSED (AMC/Shudder), and the critically acclaimed horror film THE DARK (Dark Sky).
ABOUT SHUDDER
AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. ​New members can enjoy 30-days free with the promo code SHUTIN when signing up at​ Shudder.com.



SHUDDER MEMBERS MAKE THE CLAUSTROPHOBIC FILM ‘THE ROOM’ A BREAKOUT HIT





SHUT INSIDE, SHUDDER MEMBERS MAKE THE CLAUSTROPHOBIC FILM ‘THE ROOM’ A BREAKOUT HIT
Film Starring Quantum Of Solace’s Olga Kurylenko Becomes One Of Shudder’s Most-Watched Originals

April 1, 2020 — The Shudder original movie The Room has become a runaway hit since it debuted on March 12, easily claiming the top spot as the service’s most-watched Shudder Original film of the year and one of the most watched Original premieres in the history of the service. The film tells the story of a couple, played by Olga Kurylenko ( Quantum of Solace ) and Kevin Janssens ( Revenge ), who move to an old house in the country only to discover it contains a room that grants wishes… but with a price.
“ The Room had a strong debut in week one, which is where we usually see the biggest numbers,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager. “But in week two the audience grew a staggering 150 percent, and week three viewership was only a hair below that, turning it into a monster hit. There’s something about The Room and its claustrophobic story of a family stuck inside a house under extraordinary circumstances that’s really resonating with Shudder members.”
The Room ’s streaming premiere on Shudder on March 12 marked the first time the film had been commercially available in the U.S., Canada or the UK. The film had its world premiere last April at the Brussels International Fantastic Film festival and followed with a successful run on the international film festival circuit, earning Best Feature honors at both South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and France’s Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival. The Room , which also stars Francis Chapman, John Flanders and Joshua Wilson, is Volckman’s sophomore feature. His debut was 2006’s animated feature Renaissance.
In April, Shudder is set to premiere the new docu-series Cursed Films , along with new seasons of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs and Wolf Creek and the Shudder Original film 0.0Mhz , all under the banner of “Halfway to Halloween Month,” the service’s celebration of All Hallows’ Eve in April. New members can enjoy 30-days free with the promo code SHUTIN when signing up at Shudder.com.
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