Shudder Announces Killer Lineup for “Summer of Chills”

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Today Shudder announced their knockout lineup of summer horror features that will release June–August and that they are calling the “Summer of Chills.” The twelve new original and exclusive films which will be released over the course of twelve weeks will include the debut of George A. Romero‘s legendary “lost” film The Amusement Park on June 8th. Craig Endler, Shudder’s General Manager, stated,

Shudder’s ‘Summer of Chills’ offers something for everyone with a fantastic line-up of new premieres every week, on top of the best library of curated streaming horror films anywhere. We’re especially excited to have the premiere of legendary directory George A. Romero’s lost film The Amusement Park, a must-see piece of cinema history, exclusively on Shudder.

The “Summer of Chills” originals and exclusives include many films that we at Horror Obsessive have been salivating over since we got our first glimpse in this year’s horror film festivals. Bleed With Me first premiered at Salem Horror Fest 2020, and is a slow-burn tale of vampirism, longing, and gaslighting. Another Hole in the Head Film Fest 2020 featured An Unquiet Grave, the calm yet tense supernatural flick with one of the best opening scenes in a horror film that we’ve seen in a long time.

Caveat and Vicious Fun both premiered at Panic Fest 2021. We reported that Caveat is a nailbiter with a slow buildup that will definitely scare you and that Vicious Fun is a perfect blend of scary and silly that is sure to please casual and hardcore horror fans alike. We’ve also already had a ton of fun watching Barbara Crampton achieve domestic empowerment all while devouring human neck like it’s red velvet cake in the lusty, gory, and campy Jakob’s Wife.

We at Horror Obsessive are so pleased that these new films will become available on Shudder so that we can force our friends and family to watch them again and again, and we can’t wait to review the other seven Summer Chills features that haven’t graced our silver screens yet. Read on for the full list and synopses of the twelve films coming to Shudder this summer (all synopses provided by Shudder).

Caveat—Premieres June 3

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

A child standing in a shadowy bedroom holds a rabbit by its ears
Caveat. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

Lone drifter Isaac accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga, for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga’s uncle, Barrett leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. Directed by Damien McCarthy. Starring Jonathan French, Leila Sykes, and Ben Caplan.

The Amusement Park—Premieres June 8

A Shudder Exclusive Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

An older man in a white suit with a cane appears to run from a younger man and a bunch of children amid park benches.
The Amusement Park. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies, and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker’s early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.

Superdeep—Premieres June 17

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

Two men sit in the foreground in an arctic or subarctic environment.
Superdeep. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

The Kola Superdeep borehole is the largest Russian secret facility. In 1984, at the depth of more than 7 miles below the surface, unexplained sounds were recorded, resembling the screams and moans of numerous people. Since these events, the object has been closed. A small research team of scientists and military personnel go down below the surface to find the secret hidden these many decades. What they discover will pose the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Directed by Arseniy Sukhin. Starring Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Kirill Kovbas, and Nikita Dyuvbanov.

An Unquiet Grave—Premieres June 24

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

A young man and woman stand around a shrouded woman's corpse in a forest.
An Unquiet Grave. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions. An Unquiet Grave is an exploration of grief, and the harm we cause when we don’t take responsibility for our own healing. Directed by Terrence Krey. Starring Jacob A. Ware and Christine Nyland who also co-wrote the film.

Vicious Fun—Premieres June 29

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

Two young men in a lab look into the camera and scream.
Vicious Fun. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

Joel, a caustic 1980s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim. Directed by Cody Calahan. Starring Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Brown, and John Fray.

Son—Premieres July 8

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

A woman with her arm around a young boy looks over her should while walking into a house with a straw cross, beads, and more crosses hanging from the wall and door.
Son. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

After a mysterious group breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch, and Luke David Blumm.

The Call—Premieres July 15

A Shudder Exclusive Film. Available on Shudder US and Shudder CA.

A group of young people sit on hay bales at an amusement park.
The Call. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

Four Friends. One Phone Call. 60 Seconds to Stay Alive. In the fall of 1987, a group of small-town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple after a tragic accident. Needing only to make a single phone call, the request seems ordinary until they realize that this call could change their life…or end it. This simple task quickly spirals into terror as their worst nightmares become reality. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. Starring Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise) and Tobin Bell (Saw franchise).

Kandisha—Premieres July 22

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

Close-up of young woman cast in red light looking downward.
Kandisha. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou, and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree—and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi, and Suzy Bemba.

The Boy Behind the Door—Premieres July 29

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

A young boy cowers in a room terrified as an axe blade plunges through the door.
The Boy Behind the Door. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive…or die trying. Directed by Justin Powell and David Charbonier, who also directed this year’s The Djinn. Starring Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Micah Hauptman (Rust Creek).

Teddy—Premieres August 5

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

A man and a woman stand in a meadow. The man holds a magazine and looks at the woman, who looks ahead and smiles knowingly.
Teddy. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months. As weeks go by, animal impulses soon start to overcome the young man. Directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma. Starring Anthony Bajon (The Prayer), Ludovic Torrent, Christine Gautier, Noémie Lvovsky, Guillaume Mattera, Jean-Paul Fabre, Alexis Orlandini, Gérard Pau, and Jean-Michel Ricart.

Bleed With Me—Premieres August 10

A Shudder Original Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

Two young women sit on a sofa having a conversation.
Bleed With Me. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

Rowan, a vulnerable outsider, is thrilled when the seemingly perfect Emily invites her on a winter getaway to an isolated cabin in the woods. Trust soon turns to paranoia when Rowan wakes up with mysterious incisions on her arm. Haunted by dream-like visions, Rowan starts to suspect that her friend is drugging her and stealing her blood. She’s paralyzed by the fear of losing Emily, but she must fight back before she loses her mind. Bleed With Me is a psychological horror that juxtaposes tenderness and violence in an investigation of female intimacy and dangerous codependency. Directed by Amelia Moses. Starring Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty, and Aris Tyros.

Jakob’s Wife—Premieres August 19

A Shudder Exclusive Film. Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ.

A woman with dark sunglasses pushes a shopping cart down a supermarket aisle
Jakob’s Wife. Image courtesy of Shudder / AMC Networks.

Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with a stranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on her marriage and a heavy body count. Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor). Starring horror icons Barbara Crampton (You’re Next) and Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun), Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).

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