- Best new originals: Host
- Best new movies: La Llorona, Random Acts of Violence, The Shed
- Best new shows: The Last Drive-In: Summer Sleepover Special
- Full list of August 2020 exclusives and originals
- Full list of August 2020 movies
Best new exclusives and originals on Shudder: August 2020
If holding a seance over Zoom with a psychic sounds like a recipe for absolute disaster to you, you’re spot on––but what makes for an IRL nightmare also makes for a great horror plot. What’s really cool about Host is that it was also made in quarantine, so the the actors and director Rob Savage did all their work from their own homes. It premieres on July 30 and is sure to give you a solid case of the heebie-jeebies.
The Last Drive-In: Summer Sleepover Special
Joe Bob Briggs, the drive-in king, is the host of this double feature, but knowing him he’s probably invited a few guest stars as well (and director Adam Green is definitely on the list). If you can’t make it to your local IRL drive-in, make some popcorn and kick your feet up at home for some fun on Friday, August 14 at 9pm EST.
La Llorona (2019)
An Official Selection at TIFF and Sundance, La Llorona tells the story of a retired general and his family coping with the public finding out that he committed genocide involving thousands of Mayans. Even worse, a supernatural force is seeking retribution against him. As the family’s housekeepers flee in droves, a new one arrives that may be their saving grace. This Official Selection from Fantastic Fest debuts on August 6.
Random Acts of Violence (2019)
When the creator of a wildly popular horror comic called Slasherman embarks on a road trip to New York Comic Con with his wife, assistant, and best friend, they’re faced with a series of events so terrifying they could have jumped off the pages of his work. Is it just a garden variety killer…or could someone from the Slasherman fandom have gone one step too far? Debuts August 20.
The Shed (2019)
What if you could get back at your high school bullies in such an effective way that they would never come at you again? That’s the heart of the idea in The Shed, where a downtrodden teen and his friend discover a ravenous zombie living in a old shack in his backyard and come up with an unusual way to harness its powers. Campy and stylish, this horror romp looks like a lot of fun. Debuts August 27.
Best new movies on Shudder: August 2020
Swoop back to the ’70s with Squirm, a screamfest that takes place in a small Georgia town that’s been overtaken by carnivorous worms. If that sounds like a plot that would have fit perfectly into an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, you’d be right (and it did, in fact). I’d reveal more, but why spoil the campy fun? It debuts August 1.
Hideo Nakata’s masterpiece kicked off the J-horror trend when it debuted back in 1998 and made girls with long black hair synonymous with all things spooky. 22 years later, the tale of a man finding an unmarked videotape containing a curse that causes death in seven days is still every bit as eerie as it was back then. While the American remake did a very good good of translating the content for a foreign audience, the original is still (in this reviewer’s opinion) the best.
30 Miles From Nowhere (2018)
When five college friends are asked to return to Wisconsin for a funeral of an estranged mutual acquaintance and stay in a remote cabin, any seasoned horror fan knows what’s going to happen next. But execution matters, and the well-drawn characters of this ensemble go a step beyond the usual victim fodder. Written, produced, and directed by women, 30 Miles From Nowhere proves that psychological torment is always scarier than blood and gore.
August 2020 new exclusives and originals
Available August 6
- La Llorona
Available August 14
- The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs: Summer Sleepover Special
Available August 20
- Random Acts of Violence
Available August 27
- The Shed
August 2020 new movies
Available August 3
- Amityville 1992: It’s About Time
Available August 10
- Ring 2
- Ring 0
Available August 17
Available August 24
- The Evil
- One Dark Night
- 30 Miles From Nowhere
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