If you know me at all, you certainly know that I have an unending loyalty and devotion to physical media. Don’t worry I’m not gonna go into all of it here (you don’t own digital…no! No rants!). So, I’m super impressed with Shudder and the folks at RLJ Entertainment for bringing their fantastic original films to blu-ray! I’m certain that Shudder will be around for a long time but it still feels good to be able to own some of these movies just in case the internet goes down. Here are a few highlights well worth your time and attention, including one of 2020’s best films:
Comic book creator Todd Walkley, his wife, assistant and best friend, are heading to NYC Comic Con when bad things start to happen—people start getting killed. It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using his “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for the killings. And as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends become victims themselves, he is forced to face the killer and put an end to his notorious comic once and for all.
Surprisingly great debut from Jay Baruchel with a top notch cast. A perfect introduction to what Shudder is bringing!
A same-sex couple moves to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life as they raise their 16-year-old daughter. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighborhood. And when they see that the folks next door are throwing a very strange party, being the new family in town suddenly feels extremely dangerous.
Truly an exceptional film. Not only is it tense and thrilling but also important. One of Shudder’s best.
Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos, and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.
I’m just gonna say to go watch this. It’s hits blu-ray March 16. But watch it. Don’t look at a trailer.
Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, Horror Noire traces the untold history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre. Adapting Robin Means Coleman’s seminal book, HORROR NOIRE will present the living and the dead, using new and archival interviews from scholars and creators; the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future.
Six friends hire a medium to conduct a séance during lockdown for their weekly Zoom call. Jemma decides to pull a prank and makes up a story about a boy she knew in high school who hung himself. By doing this, Jemma inadvertently invites a demonic presence to cross over. Soon the friends begin noticing strange occurrences in their homes as the evil spirit begins to make itself known, and they all realize this night may be their last.
I’m still in awe of how good Host is. It’s scary as hell and an absolute blast. Truly brilliant filmmaking here and an absolute must own!
If you haven’t joined Shudder do so! This is not a sponsored post I just genuinely love the service and they release consistently great stuff. I love collecting horror movies and am proud to have these on my shelf!
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.