Death comes in small packages this month on Shudder, starting with the Shudder Exclusive Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and the world premiere of the Shudder Exclusive Series Critters: A New Binge. The fun-sized mayhem continues with curated classics Gremlins and Gremlins 2, and Army of Darkness with its legion of tiny Bruce Campbells. Then experience the genre through the female gaze with She Kills, a Shudder Original Podcast by and about women in horror, hosted by actor, author and movie icon Adrienne Barbeau. And finish off the month with the long-awaited premiere of "The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs" Shudder Original series!
SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE MOVIE
PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH (2018) — available Thursday, March 7
Directors: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund, Cast: Thomas Lennon, Charlyne Yi, Michael Paré, Udo Kier, Barbara Crampton
Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home and finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room. He decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time. Rebooting 80s favorite Puppet Master into a gloriously wrong gem, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is the goriest good time of the year. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE — premieres Thursday, March 21
WORLD PREMIERE! This Shudder Exclusive horror-comedy series picks up the tale of the Critters, everyone’s favorite hairy, carnivorous, insatiable aliens from the beloved film franchise. Pursued by intergalactic bounty hunters, the Critters return to Earth on a secret mission and encounter lovelorn high-schooler Christopher (Joey Morgan, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), his crush Dana (Stephi Chin-Salvo, iZOMBIE), his best friend Charlie (Bzhaun Rhoden, Van Helsing), and his mom Veronica (Kirsten Robek, The Edge of Seventeen), whose past will come back to bite them—literally. The series also features Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin) and Thomas Lennon (Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich).
All episodes of Critters: A New Binge will premiere exclusively on Shudder in the U.S. on Thursday, March 21. THE LAST DRIVE-
IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS — premieres Friday, March 29
Proving once again that “the drive-in will never die,” iconic horror host and exploitation movie aficionado Joe Bob Briggs is back with an all-new Shudder Original series, hosting weekly Friday night double features streaming live exclusively on Shudder. Over the course of nine episodes, The Last Drive-In series will offer an eclectic selection of films, with movies ranging across five decades and running the gamut from horror classics to obscurities and foreign cult favorites. From time to time, special surprise guests will drop in on Joe Bob and Darcy the Mail Girl.
Each weekly double feature will premiere on Shudder’s live stream Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, beginning March 29 and concluding on Friday, May 24, Memorial Day Weekend.
SHUDDER ORIGINAL PODCAST
SHE KILLS — premieres Friday, March 1
Experience the genre through the female gaze with She Kills, hosted by actor, author and movie icon Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow, Escape from New York). She Kills, a podcast by and about women in horror, pairs notable women—actors, directors, writers and journalists—for frank and revealing conversations about female representation and inclusion in genre filmmaking. Guests include beloved stars like Barbara Crampton, Jennifer Tilly, and Dee Wallace, genre innovators like Anna Biller, Alex Essoe, and Pollyanna McIntosh, and writers, critics and horror experts like Blaire Bercy, Grae Drake, and Dana Schwartz.
All ten episodes will be made available on Shudder on Friday, March 1, exclusively for its members on Friday, March 1. Episode 1, featuring a conversation with director Karyn Kusama (Destroyer, Jennifer’s Body), actor Emily Deschanel (Bones) and self-described “actor, host, nerd” Clark Wolfe (Satanic Panic) , will be made available to non-members on Apple Podcasts and other platforms, where subsequent episodes will be released twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays.
ADDITIONAL NEW MOVIES FOR MARCH
Army of Darkness (1992, Sam Raimi) Chainsaw-handed hero Ash is time-warped to the Dark Ages, where he battles an army of the undead. Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
The Burbs (1989, Joe Dante) In Joe Dante's classic, residents on a suburban street are convinced that the new neighbors are a murderous Satanic cult. Starring: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher
Gremlins (1984, Joe Dante) With its Christmas lights and dusting of snow, Kingston Falls is an idyllic small town—until the gremlins take over. Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990, Joe Dante) Director Joe Dante outdoes himself in this antic sequel in which the titular gremlins wreak havoc in a Manhattan skyscraper. Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover
Jacob's Ladder (1990, Adrian Lyne) A Vietnam vet must decipher reality from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. Starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello
Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971, John D. Hancock) An unstable woman moves to a supposedly haunted farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again. Starring Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor
Orphan (2009, Jaume Collet-Serra) A couple adopt a 9-year-old girl after losing their own baby, then slowly discover their new daughter is not as innocent as she appears to be. Starring Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman
The Prophecy (1995, Gregory Widen) A detective and a school teacher fight the forces of evil to stop a lethal prophecy from being fulfilled. Starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen
Here Comes the Devil (2012, Adrián García Bogliano) Young siblings disappear for days while on a family trip. They return without explanation, but it becomes clear something terrifying has changed them. Starring Laura Caro, Francisco Barreiro, Michele Garcia
Kiss of the Damned (2012, Xan Cassavetes) A relationship between a female vampire and a human man is thrown off balance when her seductive but volatile sister shows up. Starring Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough
The Queen of Hollywood Blvd (2017, Orson Oblowitz) On the eve of her 60th birthday, the proud owner of a Los Angeles strip club, finds herself in hot water over a 25-year-old debt to the mob. Starring Rosemary Hochschild, Ana Mulvoy Ten, Roger Guenveur Smith
Cheap Thrills (2013, E.L. Katz) A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar. Starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton
The Collector (2009,Marcus Dunstan) A burglar breaks into a home that a twisted serial killer has booby-trapped. Starring Josh Stewart, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernández
Last Shift (2014, Anthony DiBlasi) Jessica, a rookie cop, has the last shift at a closing police station, but discovers it is home to the ultimate embodiment of evil. Starring Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel, Hank Stone
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008, Mark Hartley) The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s. The wild, wonderful, untold story of Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s. Starring Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper, Barry Humphries, Jamie Lee Curtis.