With spring comes a fresh batch of genre classics and new blood for your horror consumption. In addition to their ever-growing exclusive shows and films, horror streaming service Shudder has rolled out a handful of cinematic gems sure to please any scary movie lover. Here are some recommendations to keep your movie queue full this month!
COLD HELL (2017) - Dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky, German, 92min
This Shudder exclusive follows Özge, a young Turkish-born taxi driver and Thai-boxer,
who witnesses a brutal murder and thinks she was seen by the killer. The ensuing cat-and-mouse game between predator and prey is taut, terrifying, and deliciously pulpy. Cast: Violetta Schurawlow, Tobias Moretti, Sammy Sheik, Friedrich von Thun, Robert Palfrader
THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (1981) - Dir. Richard Loncraine, English, 98min
Richard Loncraine’s notoriously hard-to-find film is finally streaming on Shudder! Mia Farrow stars as Julia Lofting, who, after the accidental death of her daughter, flees to a
house in Kensington and encounters a possibly dead, definitely hostile little girl. Based on Peter Straub’s bestselling ghost story Julia, The Haunting Of Julia is an underseen treasure of occult horror. Cast: Tom Conti, Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Jill Bennett, Robin Gammel
POD (2015) - Dir. Mickey Keating, English, 79min
Siblings Ed and Lyla meet up at the family lake house to intervene in the increasingly disturbing behavior of their combat veteran brother Martin. Upon arriving, they find the house in shambles and learn that Martin has dove headfirst into his own world of conspiracy and paranoia, culminating in his claim that he has an entity trapped in his basement. Featuring solid characters and an unrelenting gallop of climbing tension, Pod is a thrilling low-budget gem. Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant
DEAD BODY (2017) - Dir. Bobbin Ramsey, English, 81min
A group of high school graduates head to a lake house to party in the woods. A game ensues. Dead Body requires one player to be “the body” and another to be “the killer”, while the rest
of the players try to figure out who the killer is. Unfortunately this game turns out to be a little too real for the teens’ tastes. Who will survive the night, and who will win the game? Cast: Spencer Hamp, Cooper Hopkins, Nathan Pringle, Jay Myers, Leah Pfenning
Anya Stanley is a California-based freelance writer and staunch Halloween 6 apologist. Her horror film analyses have appeared on Birth. Movies. Death.,Vague Visages, Daily Grindhouse, and wherever they'll let her talk about scary movies. Follow her shenanigans on Twitter @BookishPlinko.