Mark Patton in Scream, Queen! on Shudder in June 2020

Rabbit,rabbit,rabbit are the first words I utter this morning as I try to drag myself out of bed. Then I remember Shudder has a superb calendar for June. Now I’m up!

Shudder is ready to help horror fans get Pride Month off to a killer start with the Shudder Exclusive documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, the centerpiece of their updated Queer Horror collection. Some have called it the ‘gayest horror movie ever made,’ but for Mark Patton, the star of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, it was anything but a dream come true. 30 years after its initial release, Patton sets the record straight about the controversial sequel that halted his career before it even began. Detailing the homophobia and AIDS-phobia of 1985 as a closeted actor in Hollywood, Mark retraces his obstacles, missteps, and detractors on the pathway to stardom. Confronting the cast and crew for the first time, Mark attempts to make peace with his past as well as embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male scream queen. Starring Mark Patton, Robert Englund, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Marshall Bell, Clu Gulager and Jack Sholder. Directed by Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen.

I’m stoked to revisit three essential Blaxploitation horror classics: Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream and Sugar Hill that now join Shudder’s Horror Noire collection.

William Marshall is Blacula (1972)

There are three new Shudder Originals to enjoy, like Warning: Do Not Play. Aspiring director Mi-jung struggles to come up with ideas for a new horror film until her friend Jun-seo tells her about a mysterious film rumored to be shot by a ghost. While researching it, she begins to write a new screenplay about her hunt for this “ghost film.” But as she gets closer to the truth, the line between her film and her life begins to blur. Starring Seo Ye-ji and Jin Sun-kyu, directed by Kim Jin-won.

Scare Package, a gleefully ghoulish anthology, is the second Shudder Original, billed as “7 directors. 7 tales of terror. Zero working cell phones.

Anthology film Scare Package is on Shudder, June 2020

The third Shudder Original is SXSW 2020 Midnighter Yummy, a zombie flick. A young couple travels to a shady Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. Wandering through an abandoned ward, the boyfriend stumbles upon a young woman, gagged and strapped to an operating table; she’s the result of experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her but doesn’t realize she’s patient zero and he just caused the outbreak of a virus that will change the doctors, patients, and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty zombies. Starring Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Joshua Rubin. Directed by Lars Damoiseaux.

Yummy is on Shudder, June 2020

As we reported earlier, nine killer short films by women genre directors make their premiere on Shudder in Etheria Film Festival’s 2020 Shorts Program.

Round off the month with three mind-blowing new episodes of your favorite and mine, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.

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