Things are heating up on Shudder for the month of August, starting with Rob Savage’s shot-in-quarantine, Zoom-based Shudder original chiller Host (July 30), followed by two August Shudder Originals—Jayro Bustamante’s breathtaking political horror La Llorona (August 6) and Jay Baruchel’s stylish slasher Random Acts of Violence (August 20)—and the Shudder Exclusive The Shed (August 27), Frank Sabatella’s fresh take on vampire horror. That plus the original RING trilogy, cult classic SQUIRM, a very special The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Summer Sleepover (August 14) and much more!

Premiering July 30, the Shudder Original Host was shot remotely during quarantine and features practical scares, stunts, and surprises, all filmed by the actors in their own homes. Director Rob Savage (Dawn of the Deaf) never set foot in the same room as his actors at any point during production and instead directed them remotely. Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown but get far more than they bargain for as things quickly go wrong. Host stars Haley Bishop (Deep State), Radina Drandova (Dawn of the Deaf), Edward Linard (The Rebels), Jemma Moore (Doom: Annihilation), Caroline Ward (Stalling It) and Emma Louise Webb (The Crown).

La Llorona, premiering Thursday, August 6, has festival wins from Venice Days, is an Official Selection: TIFF, and featured at Sundance Film Festival. Indignant retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house—his haughty wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter—weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives. Starring María Mercedes Coroy, Margarita Kénefic, Sabrina de la Hoz and Julio Díaz and directed by Jaryo Bustamante.

As I reported last month, the Shudder Original Random Acts of Violence premieres August 20.

Premiering Thursday, August 27 is Official Selection: Sitges International Film Festival and Brooklyn Horror Film Festival winner The Shed. Stan and his best friend Dommer have put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a ravenous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. But Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind. The Shed stars Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Frank Whaley and Timothy Bottoms and is directed by Frank Sabatella.

On August 1 beware the crawling terror of the 70s classic, Squirm! A surge from a downed powerline mutates a seemingly endless population of worms into a bloodsucking, man-eating onslaught.  Directed by Jeff Lieberman and starring Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, and R.A. Dow.

Premiering August 17 is the original high school “mean girls” black comedy Darren Stein’s 1999 film Jawbreaker. Teen girls must cover up the accidental murder of a friend in this twisted ‘90s classic that features Halloween queen Judy Greer. It’s the film that helped put Rose McGowan on the map and includes appearances by the iconic Pam Grier and horror stalwart P.J. Soles, Jawbreaker is the summer fun we need!

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