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Shudder January 2021
With the Holiday Season just around the corner, Shudder, the specialist Horror Streaming App (or Network) has released its upcoming schedule of releases for January 2021. These include an unending smorgasbord of Chills and Scares as TV Shows, Movies and Originals. Please note this list is for Australia/NZ subscribers only, however, some titles are also available on Shudder Canada and UK as noted.
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**titles also available on Shudder U.S., Canada and UK as noted**
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COLOR OUT OF SPACE — 7 January (Australia only)
After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story, adapted and directed by Richard Stanely.
STARRING: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliott Knight, Josh C. Waller, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tommy Chong. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
HUNTED — 14 January
What started as a flirtatious encounter at a bar turns into a life-or-death struggle as Eve becomes the unknowing target of a misogynistic plot against her. Forced to flee as two men pursue her through the forest, she’s pushed to her extremes while fighting to survive—but survival isn’t enough for Eve. She will have revenge.
A modern and radical take on the Little Red Riding Hood fable, Hunted is an exhilarating, transcendent, and frequently brutal survival tale that elevates itself with the power of myth and magic, while still holding an exacting mirror to present-day society.
The live-action, English-language, and solo directorial debut for Academy Award-nominated French filmmaker and comic artist Vincent Paronnaud (Cannes Jury Prize Winner Persepolis, Chicken with Plums), Hunted is co-written by Paronnaud alongside Léa Pernollet and stars Magritte Award-winning actors Lucie Debay (The Confession) and Arieh Worthalter (Girl), with Ciaran O’Brien rounding out the intimate main cast. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder U.S., Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
BLOOD VESSEL — 21 January
Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945, a life raft adrift at sea, and in it, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship. With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost until a seemingly abandoned German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival—if they can survive the bloodthirsty monsters on board. Starring Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), Robert Taylor (Longmire), directed by Justin Dix (Crawlspace). A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC — 28 January
The sins of the past come back with a vengeance in this new film from two of Indonesia’s modern masters of horror, director Kimo Stamboel (Headshot) and writer Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slaves, Impetigore). A family travels to the distant, rural orphanage where the father was raised to pay their respects to the facility’s gravely ill director.
But his and his best friends’ homecoming turns into a terrifying supernatural ordeal that threatens their and their families’ lives: someone is using dark magic to avenge evil deeds, long buried but not forgotten.
Stamboel’s film is a reimagining of the 1981 Indonesian horror classic of the same name. Starring Ario Bayu, Hannah Al Rashid, Adhisty Zara, Ari Irham and Muzakki Ramdhan. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder U.S., Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
ALL NEW TITLES FOR JANUARY
SUPER DARK TIMES (Director: Kevin Phillips)
Zach and Josh are best friends growing up in the ‘90s in the suburbs—where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence.
Starring Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino. (Also available on Shudder U.S., Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
APPLESAUCE (Director: Onur Tukel)
After revealing a dark secret, Ron starts receiving body parts in the mail. First a severed finger, then a foot, then some more, ahem, intimate appendages. There are 8 million people in New York City, and one of them has it in for Ron. Is it the man whose fingers Ron accidentally cut off? A pissed off student? The friend whose wife Ron drunkenly hooked up with? Or someone else?
Starring Onur Tukel, Matt Grady.
BAD TURN WORSE (Directors: Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins)
After a week of partying with stolen money, three Texas teens find themselves indebted to Giff, a sociopathic criminal. To pay their debt, Giff forces the teens to steal from his boss, a money-laundering gangster. Things go from bad to worse when betrayal, distrust and corruption complicate an already dangerous plan.
Starring Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffman, Jeremy Allen White.
DEVIL’S MILE (Director: Joseph O’Brien)
A trio of kidnappers take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages – two teenage girls – to their mysterious and powerful employer. When they accidentally kill one of the girls during a botched escape attempt, their simmering mistrust explodes into shocking violence. But what they thought was their worst case scenario is only the beginning, as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road – a road they realize they may never escape. Now captors and captive must fight together to escape the monstrous forces pursuing them and somehow survive.
Starring Maria Del Mar, David Hayter, Amanda Joy.
FINGERS (Director: Juan Ortiz)
When an employee shows up to work with a missing pinky, it awakens demons in his boss that she never knew she harbored.
Starring Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Jeremy Gardner, Michael St. Michaels. (Also available on Shudder U.S., Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
VANISHING ON 7TH STREET (Director: Brad Anderson)
In this horrifying thriller a strange blackout causes a city’s population to vanish. As the days grow shorter a handful of survivors realize their only hope is to escape the haunted darkness.
Starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo
COLOR OUT OF SPACE (Australia only)
BEFORE THE FIRE (Director: Charlie Buhler)
As a global pandemic engulfs Los Angeles, rising TV star Ava Boone is forced to flee the mounting chaos and return to her rural hometown. As she struggles to acclimate to a way of life she left behind long ago, her homecoming attracts a dangerous figure from her past—threatening both her and the family that serves as her only sanctuary.
Starring Jenna Lyng Adams, Jackson Davis, Ryan Vigilant, Charles Hubbell. (Also available on Shudder U.S., Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)
I STAND ALONE (Director: Gaspar Noe)
The Butcher is a retired horse meat peddler, locked into a loveless marriage with his pregnant wife and a hateful mother-in-law. Living in their cramped apartment and taunted by the women every moment of the day, he is poised on the edge, seething with bitterness and hatred for a world he must endure, ready to explode. And then one day…he does.
Starring Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain.
IN THEIR SKIN (Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal)
In this terrifying home invasion thriller, a family’s vacation home is besieged by a murderous family intent on taking their lives and identities. Starring Selma Blair, James D’arcy, Joshua Close, Rachel Miner.
IRREVERSIBLE (Director: Gaspar Noe)
This controversial arthouse thriller travels back in time to tell the story of a couple who experience an act of brutal violence that changes their lives forever. The film begins with the aftermath, as Marcus hunts for the assailant in an S&M club, then jumps back to the tunnel where Alex is savagely attacked in one famously excruciating 9-minute shot.
But the biggest shock comes at the end, which is actually the beginning of this savage story. Starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel.
JUG FACE (Director: Chad Crawford Kinkle)
A pregnant teen discovers her neighbors plan to sacrifice her to an evil entity who lives in a pit on the edge of her backwoods community. Even though Ada knows that a sacrifice is required to keep the pit happy, she decides to escape. But the pit wants what it wants and when it doesn’t get it, there’s usually hell to pay. Starring Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden, Sean Young.
CARNAGE PARK (Director: Mickey Keating)
A deranged serial killer hunts an escaped captive in the sunbaked desert after a botched robbery places her in the mouth of hell in this gritty crime thriller. Starring Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hébert.
COLOSSAL (Director: Nacho Vigalondo)
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. Starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens.
DON’T KNOCK TWICE (Director: Caradog W. James)
When a mother, desperate to reconnect with the daughter she abandoned, becomes embroiled in the urban legend of a demonic witch, she must go further than she ever imagined possible to win back her child. Starring Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton, Richard Mylan.
KEANE (Director: Lodge Kerrigan)
In this acclaimed psychological thriller, a mentally disturbed man named Keane is pulled into a spiral of mania after his young daughter goes missing. Guilt-ridden over failing to prevent the crime–if that’s what it was–Keane visits Port Authority every day, tracing and retracing his steps, looking for clues. But his obsession threatens to turn into something far worse after a neighbor asks him to look after her young daughter, who’s the same age as Sophia was when she was abducted. Starring Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Amy Ryan.
LITTLE DEATHS (Directors: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson, Simon Rumley)
A homeless woman is brought home by a married couple with ulterior motives. A sex worker is bound to a twisted experiment. A dysfunctional relationship goes down a dark path. Sex and death converge in these three terrifying, sensual segments. Starring Luke de Lacey, Holly Lucas, Siubhan Harrison.
PLAGUE TOWN (Director: David Gregory)
An American family visiting Ireland stumble into a town filled with deranged mutant kids who love blood, mayhem and murder. Though the unfortunate clan have come to the area to get in touch with their roots, they quickly realize heredity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Once the killer kiddies come calling, their trip becomes a terrifying test of survival. Starring Josslyn DeCrosta, Erica Rhodes, David Lombard, Lindsay Goranson, James Warke, Catherine McMorrow, Elizabeth Bove, Michael Donaldson.
TURBO KID (Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell)
The world’s first BMX post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age splatter actioner (with a dash of romance), Turbo Kid takes us to the ‘future’ of 1997. Here, The Kid, wanders the Wasteland in search of comic books and 80s paraphernalia, which he trades for fresh water. He meets a girl named Apple but, just as he’s coming out of his shell, she is kidnapped by a bloodthirsty maniac. Armed only with blind faith and a Nintendo Power Glove, The Kid finds a new purpose: to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl of his dreams. Starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Lebouef, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright.
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