shudder recommendations

Between Netflix and Hulu and Amazon, you may think you have enough streaming options in your life. But you don’t, especially if you’re a horror fan. If you’re in the market for a scary movie, you aren’t going to find much to get excited about amongst most of the major players. The handful of gems tend to be wedged between whatever schlock your streaming service of choice could buy on the cheap.

That’s why I was so intrigued by Shudder, a horror-centric streaming service that supplies all of the great horror options that are so painfully absent elsewhere. Browse through Shudder’s library and you’ll find untouchable classics and cult favorites, mainstream movies and eclectic curiosities from every corner of the globe. And it only costs five bucks a month, which makes me feel like I’m getting away with murder by subscribing.

Because I genuinely love Shudder and because you can sign up for a free trial before you commit to actually paying a dime, I combed through their archives and tried to find ten movies I could recommend to subscribers and curious newbies alike. I ended up narrowing it down to twenty titles and couldn’t bear to cut another one because I have zero discipline. So I decided to program ten double features, linked by filmmakers, themes, styles, and occasionally utter nonsense, that you can enjoy via Shudder.

So don’t let the lack of great horror options on Netflix bring you down. There is another way.

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For his latest film as a director, Bobcat Goldthwait goes micro-budget with a found-footage story of the search for Bigfoot. That is, Willow Creek follows a couple as they trek out into the woods where Bigfoot was first caught on film, in order to satisfy the guy’s interest in the story of the monster. There are some real-life sasquatch enthusiasts who play minor characters in the film, but in the end the movie appears to lean towards real horror as the couple goes deep into the woods.

In presenting this trailer, Badass Digest also notes that there’s a lot more humor in the film than is represented here, and that the film’s “central set piece is a bravura piece of tension that is so protracted you could never fit it in a trailer.” Regardless, this is a great trailer that suggests Willow Creek could be a great piece os suspense. Check it out below.

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Bobcat Goldthwait

The Independent Film Festival of Boston is in full swing! While I’m unable to attend, I was thrilled to be able to grab some time with writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, whose newest film, Willow Creek, will be premiering at IFFB. Bobcat chatted with me about the veracity of the Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot footage, the making of his films, and the benefits of impersonating him on Twitter. Listen to the podcast after the jump.

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Bobcat Goldthwait

Update: The broadcast is finished! Thanks to everyone who joined.

The 11th Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB) is just around the corner! Tickets are already on sale online, and their lineup looks incredible as always. Regrettably, I’ll be unable to make the festival this year, but I was able get actor/writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait to agree to a live, 1-hour Q&A with the /Film audience. Goldthwait’s newest film, Willow Creek, will be premiering at IFFB.

We’ll be broadcasting this conversation on Monday night (April 14th) beginning at 7 PM Pacific. Just bookmark this post and return to it at that time to see the live stream below (we’ll also bring it back to the top of then). Feel free to submit your questions below in the comments, or use the hashtag #IFFBoston on Twitter. See you tomorrow night!

Even when his films aren’t fully successful, I really like what Bobcat Goldthwait is doing as a director. He’s making films that are funny and direct extensions of his own id, but that at their best channel more than simple anger and frustration.

So what can we expect from his next film, Willow Creek, which is evidently a found-footage movie that centers around the existence (or lack thereof) of Bigfoot? Read More »