5 Reasons We Love Shudder’s June 2019 Highlights!

Shudder June 2019, Shudder

With The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs having just finished its first season, Shudder teases its upcoming June 2019 slate of must-see programming highlights. Shudder’s ever expanding library, and I definitely mean expanding, continues to add exclusive movies, new episodes, and a featured collection.

Things get definitely getting wild this month, starting off with the Shudder exclusive Boar; a Pride Month collection headlined by the Shudder premiere of Knife+Heart; the latest original podcast, Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah; curator Sam Zimmerman’s Shudder Guides, and new additions to the Shudder vault.

Here are 5 Reasons why you should check out Shudder in June: 

5) June 1st

Boar

The Exorcist

When a 12-year-old girl takes on the characteristics and voices of others, the girl’s mother realizes her daughter has been possessed by the devil—and that her only hope lies with two priests and the ancient rite of demonic exorcism. Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Jason Miller

Ghost Story

Fred Astaire stars in this terrifying story of the Chowder Society, a group that gathers weekly to share tales of horror, but is invaded by a real-life ghost that is part of their past. Starring: John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Alice Krige

The Phantom of the Paradise

A gifted rock composer plots revenge after a devious record producer steals both his music and his girl. Brian De Palma’s insightful satire on the 1970s music scene delivers a rock opera take on the classic Phantom of the Opera story. Starring: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper

Ravenous

Soldiers stationed in the barren and icy Sierra Nevada mountains during the Mexican-American war have a close encounter with cannibalism. Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette

4) June 3rd

VISITATIONS WITH ELIJAH WOOD & DANIEL NOAH

Visitations features the two hosts traveling to the homes and workshops of some of their favorite creators in the genre community and beyond. In these intimate visits, guests delve into their lives, their work and how they’ve managed to turn their deepest fears into art. Episodes include conversations with Taika Waititi, Mike Flanagan, John Landis, Ana Lily Amirpour, Dan Harmon, Flying Lotus, Richard Stanley, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and Panos Cosmatos. All episodes will be available on Shudder Monday, June 3, exclusively for its members; with new episodes released every Monday and Friday. The series features new music by BADBADNOTGOOD and art by Jay Shaw, senior creative director at Mondo.

3) June 6th & 10th

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BOAR

Director: Chris Sun, Cast: Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, Hugh Sheridan

Bruce is having a hard enough time relating to his new Australian step-family and their rough, outback town—and that’s before the arrival of murderous, rampaging pig the size of a minivan shows up to wreak havoc. It’s man vs. monstrous beast in this wild, raucous creature feature.

Hagazussa

In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror. Starring:  Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini

Here Comes the Devil

Two children go missing while on a family trip near caves in Tijuana. The kids reappear the next morning without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be—and that something terrifying has changed them. Starring: Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro, Alan Martinez 

2) June 17th

The Wailing

In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals – suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous. Starring: Kwak Do Won, Hwang Jung Min, Kunimura Jun, Chun Woo Hee

THE WILD BOYS

Five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) are enamored by the arts but drawn to crime and transgression. As punishment for a brutal crime, they’re forced to board a boat whose captain is hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island where dangers and pleasures abound, the boys start to transform in both mind and body. Shot in gorgeous 16mm and brimming with eroticism, gender-fluidity, and humor. Starring: Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anaël Snoek, Mathilde Warnier

1) June 20th & 24th

KNIFE+HEART 

KNIFE+HEART 

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. An ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to ’70s-era De Palma, Argento, and Friedkin, shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83.

Next of Kin 

A dedicated Chicago cop with roots deeply embedded in the Appalachian backwoods is forced to put his loyalties to the test when the mob cruelly inflicts tragedy on his family, bringing about a violent clash of clans. Starring: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton

Viy 

A seminary student is forced to spend three nights praying for a young woman who has died, drawing him into a frightening, twilight world, where he is enticed and tormented by Satan’s minions. Based on the acclaimed horror novella by Nikolai Gogol. Starring: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin 

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By Jorge Solis

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