Staying home for Halloween this year? Fear not: Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, is bringing the holiday to you with ShudderFest, a horror celebration you don’t need to leave the house to attend. This incredible day-long virtual event will feature panels, presentations, conversations, and screenings led by legendary genre icons, fan-favorite musicians, and acclaimed directors, writers, and producers, free to all and available anywhere in the world via the shudderfest.com website.
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. See below for a complete schedule and lineup of guests. (Panels titles, guests, and times are subject to change.)
“Most people aren’t able to go out for Halloween this year due to the pandemic, so we decided to bring Halloween home to them with an all-day celebration of everything that’s spooky and scary. And it’s not limited to Shudder members either—anyone around the world can participate in ShudderFest, because Halloween is a holiday that everyone should be able to enjoy,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.
SHUDDERFEST FULL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 31, Starting 12 pm ET/9 am PT/4 pm UK/3 am (Sunday) AEDT
All Events to Stream Free on ShudderFest.com Except Secret Screening
12 pm 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
1 pm 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 Webb, moderated by Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman
2 pm 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
3 pm ET – Interview with the Glampire: A blood draining dissertation with Paperbacks from Hell’s Grady Hendrix
4 pm 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
5 pm 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
6 pm 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
7 pm 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
9 pm 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 9 pm ET/6 pm 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.
Panel titles, guests, and times are subject to change.
The eight panels and Keith David’s host segments will replay twice, in the same order, beginning at Saturday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT/Midnight UK/11 am (Sunday) AEDT and again Sunday at 3 am** ET/1 am PT/9 am UK/7 pm AEDT.
The Secret Screening will only happen once, at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT/1 am UK/. (**Note: Daylight Saving Time starts November 1 at 1 am in the US.)
This groundbreaking event is made possible with collaborations from media partner Yahoo Entertainment, platform partner Top Fan, and video partner Brightcove.
For more information and to register to take part, visit ShudderFest.com.
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