Color us not surprised, but definitely excited for the news SHUDDER has unveiled its book of original genre programming, beginning with a horror documentary from the Director of The Shining homage, Room 237, Robert Ascher. Described as “the diabolical new streaming service devoted exclusively to things that go bump in the night” Shudder has offered fans a growing and ghoulish library of horror films from around the world and across the decades since its 2015 start.
Launching June 8th, the exclusive Shudder doc, Primal Screen will see Ascher and crew explore how we’re simultaneously attracted to and repelled by what scares us most. With his previous films, 237 and The Nightmare, Asher has proven talented at laying what’s creepy bare. Primal Screen promises to do more of the same, exploring the pop-culture artifacts that traumatize the young and the ensuing effects those terrors had on the lives of real people. I wonder if “creating websites and podcasts” will be covered? Whether they are or aren’t, creator/director Asher has us excited: “Fear, obsession and people’s attempts to understand these things are a particular focus of mine” explains Asher, sharing how Shudder was “a fantastic partner” giving him the “freedom to dive deep into this new rabbit hole“.
Also on the SHUDDER menu is a slate of genre series and thrillers, including one from Wonder Woman Director, Patty Jenkins. These new features will be sure to compliment Shudder’s already extensive catalog of scares. If you haven’t already, you can dig into Shudder for yourself here. For now, grip your teddy bear and fix your eyes on our snapshot of the shocks Shudder has in store: