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Shudder: What to Watch – August 2021

The dog days of summer are here, so why not keep cool with a curated lineup of horror titles guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

Shudder’s August programming highlights include Frank Darabont’s bleak Stephen King adaptation, The Mist, Gareth Edwards low-budget kaiju flick, Monsters, and special effects god Stan Winston’s cult classic, Pumpkinhead.

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NEW SHUDDER ORIGINAL & STREAMING EXCLUSIVE FILMS
Teddy – Premieres August 5 **A Shudder Original Film
(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)
Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months. As weeks go by, animal impulses soon start to overcome the young man. Directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma. Starring Anthony Bajon (The Prayer), Ludovic Torrent, Christine Gautier, Noémie Lvovsky, Guillaume Mattera, Jean-Paul Fabre, Alexis Orlandini, Gérard Pau and Jean-Michel Ricart.

Jakob’s Wife – Premieres August 19 **A Shudder Exclusive Film
(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)
Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with a stranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on her marriage and a heavy body count. Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor). Starring horror icons Barbara Crampton (You’re Next) and Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun), Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).

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Mosquito State – Premieres August 26 ** A Shudder Exclusive Film
(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)
August 2007. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown. Directed by Filip Jan Rymsza. Co-written by Rymsza and Mario Zermeno. Starring Beau Knapp (The Good Lord Bird), Charlotte Vega (Wrong Turn), Jack Kesy (Claws) and Olivier Martinez (Texas Rising).

NEW ADDITIONS TO SHUDDER’S MOVIE LIBRARY
August 1
Dolls
(Available on Shudder CA)
A dysfunctional family of three stop by a mansion during a storm. The travelers’ young daughter discovers that the mansion’s elderly owners are magical toy makers that have a haunted collection of dolls.

 Pumpkinhead
(Available on Shudder CA)
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm)
(Available on Shudder CA)
Starring horror icon Vincent Price, a young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch-hunter when the latter terrorizes his fiancée and kills her uncle.

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August 9
The Dead Pit
(Available on Shudder CA)
A renegade doctor is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia, and her arrival is marked by an earthquake that cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work.

Monsters
(Available on Shudder CA)
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

The Corridor
(Available on Shudder CA)
Friends on a weekend excursion take a path into a forest that leads to death and destruction.

August 16
A Field in England
(Available on Shudder CA)
From director Ben Wheatley (In the Earth), during the Civil War in 17th century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

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Borgman
(Available on Shudder CA)

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

The Mist
(Available on Shudder CA)

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Prom Night III: The Last Kiss
(Available on Shudder CA)

The malevolent spirit of Mary Lou Maloney returns to Hamilton High, where she manipulates a naive male student into helping her wreak havoc on the school.

August 17
Dave Made A Maze
(Available on Shudder CA)

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps and critters of his own creation.

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Anguish
(Available on Shudder CA)
A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

August 23
Nothing Bad Can Happen
(Available on Shudder CA)
Inspired by horrifying true events, Tore, a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement, falls in with a dysfunctional family who test his seemingly unwavering faith.

Dead Ringers
(Available on Shudder CA)

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

Fido
(Available on Shudder CA)

When a cloud of space dust causes the dead to rise as ravenous zombies, the ZomCon Corp. emerges to conquer the creatures and domesticate them to become menial workers and pets for humans. Now, in an idyllic town, a skeptical boy finds a best friend in his family’s new fiend, which he promptly names Fido. However, Fido’s control collar malfunctions, and the neighbors wind up on the menu.

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Slither
(Available on Shudder CA)

A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.

 

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