Category: Shudder

“V/H/S 94”

6.9

A true Shudder original.

You’ll be confused, you’ll be disturbed, you’ll be disgusted at points. You’ll ultimately leave entertained.

Fairly typical found footage film, with fun commercials in between the saga entries, and a light story tying it all together with some comedy to help cut the tension and keep you from having a stroke. This one was a wild ride. The best of the series since the original, in my book. Bravo to Shudder for a fun hour and a half!

“Superhost”

6.4

I haven’t wanted protagonists to die this bad in a long time. I was rooting for Rebecca the whole time. The story was pretty predictable and over the top, but wonderfully done. The film is incredibly aware of itself, and leans into it in all the right ways.

Pro tip: Don’t stay in an AirBnB when the host seems a little “off,” there are cameras covering the place like a casino gaming floor, and the basement is locked with little to no explanation. Just because they cook you breakfast doesn’t mean bad things aren’t going to happen.

“Psycho Goreman”

7.5

Much better than expected!

Definitely not Oscar bait. Definite Shudder film.

I couldn’t tell if they were being serious or joking at times, but chose to see it as deadpan humor at its finest. Similar to “The Dead Don’t Die.” Satirical horror at the height of its powers. A fantastic cast. Special effects that mix incredible technology with “this looks like the claymation from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” Either way, you will depart thoroughly entertained and asking yourself “how in the hell does this have a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes?!?!”

“Slaxx”

6.2

At least your ass will look good in the jeans they’ll have to bury you in. Sisterhood of the killer pants. Unbearable characters whose deaths you root for because they’re terrible people. A ridiculous premise that leads to some hilariously horrifying hijinks within the Aeropostale knock-off that’s under lockdown… for a new product release… for some reason? Don’t expect it to make much sense. Do expect some solid laughter at the absurdity. Turn your brain off and watch the deadly denim do its thing.

“The Love Witch”

8.1

Following the theme of strong femme fatales… “The Love Witch!”

Luring in her prey like a Venus Fly Trap, and allowing their own character flaws lead to their downfalls. Very Hitchcock, but very original in its interpretation and execution of the art of cinema. Fascinating to see a filmmaker make the artistic choice to light and shoot on film to form a piece that looks like it’s from the 60’s… when it was actually filmed less than 10 years ago. Fascinating to learn the backstory of the making of this film and be introduced to it through the lens of “The Last Drive In w/Joe Bob Briggs.” Have to plug Shudder every once in a while for its masterful curation of the horror genre for the streaming world.

This one is really hard to explain, but if you’re looking for something “out of the box”… definitely check it out.