Shudder Announces ShudderFest, a Day-Long Event This Halloween Including a Secret Screening of a 2021 Film!
God bless the people at Shudder...
...With the pandemic cancelling most of our Halloween plans, some groups have come together to put together fun Halloween day events, and Shudder is no exception. Today, Shudder has announced ShudderFest, a free, day-long virtual event beginning on October 31st!
Highlights of the event include a virtual hang with “horror royalty” including genre luminaries Tony Todd (Candyman), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and others; a conversation between the stars and creators of 2020’s Zoom-horror Host and the makers of 1999’s found footage masterpiece, The Blair Witch Project; a panel of musicians who love Horror, including Bright Light Bright Light and Starcrawler’s Arrow De Wilde; Scary Story Time with Scare Me’s Josh Ruben and friends; a special recording of The Kingcast podcast with Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero; and a one-time secret screening of a future Shudder Original film that won’t be available until 2021.
Check out the full schedule below, and prepare yourselves for an epic day of spooky fun with Shudder beginning Saturday, Oct. 31, 12pm ET/9am PT/4pm UK/3am (Sunday) AEST.
12pm ET - Welcome to ShudderFest with host Keith David, Horror Royalty Hangout
Doug Bradley (Hellraiser franchise), Robert Englund (Elm Street franchise), Lance Henriksen (Alien franchise), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th franchise), actor/director/FX master Tom Savini, Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise), and Tony Todd (Candyman franchise), moderated by Yahoo Entertainment’s Kevin Polowy.
1pm ET - Blair Witch x Host
The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sánchez, producer Michael Monello and co-producer Greg Hale in conversation with Host director/co-writer Rob Savage and stars Haley Bishop and Emma Louise Web, moderated by Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman.
2pm ET - The Future of Black Horror
A look at the thrilling present and bold future of Black Horror with Rusty Cundieff (director, Tales from the Hood), Tananarive Due (exec producer, Horror Noire), Shannon M. Houston (writer, HBO’s Lovecraft Country), Victor LaValle (author, The Ballad of Black Tom), and Kamil Oshundara (cultural executive, Monkeypaw Productions), moderated by journalist/writer Evan Narcisse.
3pm ET - Interview with the Glampire: A blood draining dissertation with Paperbacks from Hell’s Grady Hendrix
4pm ET - Musicians Who 🖤 Horror
Pop star Bright Light Bright Light, GWAR’s The Berserker Blothar, Pustulus Maximus & Sawborg Destructo, Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steve Stevens, and Starcrawler lead singer Arrow de Wilde, moderated by Yahoo Entertainment’s Lyndsey Parker.
5pm ET - Story Time with Scare Me’s Josh Ruben & Friends
Scare Me’s writer-director-star Ruben shares spooky stories with friends Frank Garcia-Hejl (Scare Package), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Dreama Walker (Doubt) and Astronomy Club’s Jonathan Braylock, James III and Jerah Milligan.
6pm ET - Inside The Mortuary Collection
Meet the team behind the horror anthology that Sam Raimi called “a twisted tapestry of grisly fun and endlessly inventive terror” — writer/director Ryan Spindell, star Clancy Brown, and producers Allison Friedman and T. Justin Ross. Followed by Kirk Hammett’s Top Five Moments in Horror and Keith David Answers Your Questions.
7pm ET - The Kingcast podcast with special guest Greg Nicotero
The Kingcast, a podcast devoted to Stephen King by veteran film bloggers Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler, sits down to discuss adapting the author’s works with showrunner, writer, director and FX maestro Greg Nicotero, who has directed two King stories for Creepshow and created FX for multiple other King adaptations.
9pm ET - Members Only Double Feature: Halloween and Secret Screening on Shudder TV*
Shudder members can wrap up their ShudderFest with a special double feature of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic (US and CA only) at 9pm ET/6pm PT and a special one one-time-only preview of a future Shudder film that won’t stream again until 2021
(but we can’t tell you which one!) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT (in all Shudder territories).
*Available only via the Shudder TV feed on Shudder’s apps and site in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Shudder membership required; 7- day free trial available.
The eight panels and Keith David’s host segments will replay twice, in the same order, beginning at Saturday at 8pm ET/5pm PT/Midnight UK/11am (Sunday) AEST and again Sunday at 3am** ET/1am PT/9am UK/8pm AEST. The Secret Screening will only happen once, at 9pm ET/6pm PT/1am UK/. (**Note: Daylight Saving Time starts November 1 at 1am in the US.)
Today might be a good day to thank the wonderful people at Shudder for all they do and this glorious sounding event. See you there!
By Matt Konopka