8 Horrifying, Haunted and Bloody Films Streaming on Shudder in May
The Twin. The Sadness. These are the terrifying features headed to Shudder next month we’re most excited for!
Shudder delights us with new thrillers, suspense, and horror feature films every month and it never disappoints with its exclusives and new library additions. The month of May is no exception. Subscribers will receive a treat with these exciting Shudder Originals, fan favorites, and more. There’s a little something for everyone next month.
THE TWIN – PREMIERES MAY 6
Streaming exclusively on Shudder, the upcoming Finnish psychological horror film, THE TWIN (2022) is directed by Taneli Mustonen and co-written by Aleksi Hyvärinen. The two previously collaborated on the horror-mystery Lake Bodom (2016). The film follows a family who has suffered a tragic loss. After the death of their twin son Nathan (Tristan Ruggeri) in an accident, Rachel (Teresa Palmer) and husband Anthony (Steven Cree) move across the world from everything they knew with their surviving son in hopes of starting a new life. What begins as a time of healing in the quiet Scandinavian countryside soon takes an ominous turn when Rachel begins to unravel the torturous truth about her son and confronts the malicious forces that are trying to take hold of him. Shudder released an official trailer for the film in February. While the creaking house the family inhabits is enough to chill any spine, we love a sinister haunting attached to people versus places. It also appears that some aspect of occultism and Scandinavian folklore is at play in the film.
THE SADNESS – PREMIERES MAY 12
Streaming exclusively on Shudder, THE SADNESS (2021) is a Taiwanese horror film and the directorial feature film debut of Canadian filmmaker Rob Jabbaz. The film premiered internationally at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland in August 2021, won “Best First Feature,” at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival, and was awarded Best Picture and Best Director at Fantastic Fest in its 2021 horror competition. The film draws inspiration from the gore-filled horror comic book series Crossed, created by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows which we highly recommend. The film was released theatrically in Taiwan in January 2021 and stars Regina Lei, Berant Zhu, Tzu-Chiang Wang, and Ying-Ru Chen. Murder, torture, and mutilation are only the beginning of a young Taiwanese couple’s nightmare as they attempt to reunite during a viral pandemic that turns people into homicidal maniacs. We’ve seen “rage virus” films utilizing zombie tropes before, but The Sadness is truly exceptional. Watch the MOTELX trailer and you’ll see what we mean.
THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON – PREMIERES MAY 19
Directed and produced by Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott, THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON (2021) is an independent documentary that charts the origins of the found footage genre and how it’s transformed with technological changes throughout the last few decades. It features interviews with integral found footage directors whose films impacted the horror genre as no other sub-genre has.
A BANQUET – PREMIERES MAY 26
Part of AMC Networks new “Friday Night Film” premieres in partnership with IFC Films, the British horror film A BANQUET (2021), directed by Ruth Paxton and written by Justin Bull is a slow-burning horror delicacy. The film opened in theaters and on-demand on February 18 and follows widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) who is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith, Betsey refuses to eat but loses no weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the boundaries of her own beliefs. The film also stars Ruby Stokes and Lindsay Duncan. The official trailer is truly frightening and calls out that the film may explore the themes of family and famine.
BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION – MAY 1
The horror suspense film BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION (2021), set in the late 90s, follows James (Harry Shum Jr.), a video archivist who unearths a series of sinister pirate broadcasts and becomes obsessed with uncovering the dark conspiracy behind them. Directed by Jacob Gentry, the film premiered at SXSW in March 2021 and stars Chris Sullivan and Kelley Mack. Gentry has said that real-life broadcast signal intrusions such as the 1987 Max Headroom signal hijacking severed as inspiration for the film.
GOODNIGHT MOMMY – MAY 1
Austrian psychological horror-thriller GOODNIGHT MOMMY (2014) follows twin boys who do everything together, from collecting beetles to feeding stray cats, to welcome their mother home after her reconstructive surgery. With her face wrapped in bandages, and her demeanor distant, they grow suspicious of her identity. Directed and written by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the film stars Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz and Susanne Wuest.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 – MAY 1
Leatherface (Bill Johnson), and his cannibalistic family return for THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986) directed by Tobe Hooper. This time, the masked killer has set his sights on pretty disc jockey Vanita “Stretch” Brock (Caroline Williams), who teams up with Texas lawman Lefty Enright (Dennis Hopper) to battle the chainsaw-wielding psychopath and his clan deep within their lair in an abandoned amusement park. Unlike its predecessor, the film has a focus on black comedy and gore which created mixed reactions from fans of the original, but it eventually gained a cult following.
THE STYLIST – MAY 9
Produced, co-written, and directed by Jill Gevargizian, THE STYLIST premiered at the 2020 Fantastic Fest delivering a fresh and unique horror story. Claire (Najarra Townsend) is a lonely hair stylist in Kansas who becomes obsessed with the lives of her clients and descends into murderous madness. It's violent, disturbing, beautiful, and heartbreaking. Gevargizian has a cameo as Jill Sixx, one of Claire's clients.
While these are the films we're most excited to watch, there are many more films streaming on Shudder in May 2022. The Babadook (2014) The Midnight Swim (2014), Popcorn (1991), A Ghost Waits (2020), Brain Damage (1988), The Prowler (1981), Demon Wind (1990), are all arriving next month. Prepare your watchlists, grab your popcorn and make every Friday night a double feature.