Joe Lynch's stylish, violent, office satire/action spectacle/horror comedy MAYHEM became Shudder's most-watched premiere in history following its debut on February 1st. Horror legend Stephen King tweeted his praise for the Shudder Exclusive film shortly after it premiered on the service, calling it "As witty as it is vicious."
MAYHEM was the No. 1 premiere on both Shudder U.S. and Shudder Canada and also received the most member reviews in Shudder history during its opening weekend. Shudder viewers rated the film a perfect 5 out of 5 skulls (skulls are the Shudder equivalent of stars), and it has an 83% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
While SVOD services typically don't release viewer numbers, Shudder GM Craig Engler noted, "MAYHEM was the most watched show in Shudder history by a wide margin and also the best reviewed. It's exactly the kind of exclusive we want to do more of: sharp, witty, bloody and the type of movie you won't find anywhere else. We're delighted to bring it to our members and gratified at their response."
The film stars "The Walking Dead"'s Steven Yeun and The Babysitter's Samara Weaving as a law firm's ex-employee and client fighting their way to the executives' floor of a building under quarantine while a mysterious disease makes those it infects act out their wildest impulses.
MAYHEM was acquired by Shudder and RLJ Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, with RLJE releasing the film theatrically and home video and Shudder taking streaming rights.
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