‘Shudder’ Gets Original With The Debut Of ‘Primal Screen’

Streaming services providing original content is obviously nothing new but for the all horror streaming service Shudder – this will be their first foray into that brave new world. Coming to us from director Rodney Ascher – who genre fans should recall for the documentaries Room 237 and The Nightmare – is Primal Screen which will get down and dirty on the subject of being scared by something in our youth and how that forever affects us. The official show synopsis explains:

(Primal Screen will) “explore how individuals are simultaneously attracted to and repelled by what scares them most. Acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) has created a singular hybrid of documentary and horror that explores the pop-culture artifacts that traumatized individuals in their youth and the effects it has had on their lives.”

A trailer to further tantalize, or traumatize you:

Primal Screen will be available on the service beginning Thursday, June 8th.

Primal Screen is but the beginning of a full slate of originals that Shudder has in the pipeline.   Check out this list of upcoming coolness:

DEADWAX — A short form series about the hunt for a mysterious record that drives its owners mad… and kills anyone who dares to play it.  From Graham Reznick, co-writer of Until Dawn and director of I Can See You.

RIPRORE — In the heart of gangland Los Angeles, a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic Homicide Investigation; but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days. From Sam Sheridan (former MMA fighter and Author of A FIGHTER’S HEART and THE DISASTER DIARIES), with Patty Jenkins attached.

THE BLONDES — A woman treks to find the father of her unborn child, while navigating a world where blonde haired women could turn into rabid monsters at any moment. Based on the novel by Emily Schultz and executive Produced by J. Todd Harris, Marc Marcum and Branded Entertainment.

UNTITLED ARKASHA STEVENSON PROJECT — A serial killer series loosely based on Ted Bundy and his relationship with his long-time girlfriend, written and directed by Arkasha Stevenson (Pineapple).

If you’ve yet to sign up for this premiere horror service – I think the time has come.   Go check things out at the services official site.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel, Horrornews.net, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.