What’s coming to Shudder this April to celebrate Halfway to Halloween Month?


Shudder is celebrating the Halfway to Halloween month of April with The Exorcist, an all-new season of Joe Bob Brigg’s The Last Drive-In, and the first eight Friday the 13th movies.

Now is the perfect time to start watching everything that’s been cluttering your “to watch” list for the past three years. Thanks to wide-spread lockdowns on account of COVID-19, millions of people are locked away inside their homes with nothing but their streaming services to keep them company. Platforms such as Hulu and Netflix are doing what they can to occupy those at home. However, Shudder doesn’t need a pandemic to make April a big deal as it’s the unofficial beginning of the horror season.

The fourth month of the year is considered to be the halfway point towards Halloween because April sits between 6 months from last October and 6 months until the next October. Celebrated as the “Halfway to Halloween Month”, Shudder plans to kick off the mini-holiday by offering its biggest month of non-October programming ever. Both in honor of halfway April and in response to the nation’s quarantine. Some of the titles to be added are the first eight Friday the 13th films, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and a new original series about infamously haunted film productions.

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Original and Exclusive series

Cursed Films

Cursed Films is a five-part documentary series made by Jay Cheel that explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s most notoriously “cursed” horror production sets. From the plane accidents and bombings during the making of The Omen to the supposedly real human remains used on the set of Poltergeist, the series recounts these horrifying events that haunted these productions while explaining the history behind each one.

It features interviews with experts and witnesses as well as some the cast and directors including Richard Donner, Linda Blair, Michael Berryman, Lloyd Kaufman, Kane Hodder, Gary Sherman, Eileen Dietz, Mitch Horowitz.

April 2: Ep. 1 “The Exorcist”
April 9: Ep. 2 “Poltergeist” and Ep. 3 “The Omen”
April 16: Ep. 4 “The Crow” and Ep. 5 “Twilight Zone: The Movie”

The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs season 2

(Episode 1 premieres April 24)

Iconic horror host, Joe Bob Briggs returns with an all-new season of the weekly live streaming Friday night double features that’ll consist of 10 episodes. The Last Drive-In offers an eclectic selection of movies running the gamut from horror classics to obscurities and foreign cult favorites along with the occasional surprise guest per episode. Each weekly double-feature will premiere on the “Shudder TV” feed Fridays at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT, beginning on April 24 and concluding on June 26.

Wolf Creek Season 2

(Premieres April 30 – full season binge)

An Australian series about a group of tourists that embark on an adventure through the Australian Outback only to encounter a pig hunter (John Jarratt) that hunts them down. A spin-off to the cult horror films, Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2 centered around the primary villain from the films, Michael “Mick” Taylor, played by the same actor who originally portrayed him in the films. Starring Tess Haubrich, Matt Day, Ben Oxenbould, Laura Wheelwright, Charlie Clausen, Stephen Hunter, and Chris Haywood.

Original films


(Premieres April 23)

Members of a paranormal exploration club go to an abandoned house in a remote small town to prove the existence of a ghost using radio frequency-based technology. Unfortunately, the young students unwittingly become the ghost’s host. Starring Yoon-young Choi, Shin Joo-Hwan, Eun-ji Jung.

New films for April

April 1

  • The Friday the 13th collection

The Friday the 13th Collection includes the first eight films in the franchise along with the documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story and a six-hour documentary that’s already available to watch, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.

  • The Exorcist  (1973)

April 2

  • Cursed Films– Episode 1 “The Exorcist”

April 3

  • Halfway to Halloween hotline 3-4 pm ET (see below for details)

April 6

  • Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)
  • Tales of Halloween (2015)

April 9

  • Cursed Films– Episode 2 “The Omen” (see above for details)
  • Cursed Films– Episode 3 “Poltergeist” (see above for details)

April 10

  • Halfway to Halloween hotline 3-4 pm ET (see below for details)

April 13

  • Absentia (2011)
  • Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
  • We Are What We Are (2013)

April 16

  • Cursed Film– Episode 4 “The Crow” (see above for details)
  • Cursed Films– Episode 5 “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (see above for details)

April 17

  • Halfway to Halloween hotline 3-4 pm ET (see below for details)

April 20

  • Extremity (2018)
  • Voice From the Stone (2017)

April 23

  • 0.0Mhz (see above for details)

April 24

  • The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs 9 pm ET season premiere

April 27

  • The Siren (2018)
  • To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (2017)

April 30

  • Wolf Creek Season 2 (see above for details)

Halfway to Halloween hotline

What is the Halfway to Halloween hotline? It’s a feature special to the month of April on Shudder that’s meant to help people select the best film from Shudder’s collection to entertain them. As a #HalfwayToHalloween treat, Shudder’s head curator, Samuel Zimmerman, will be offering callers personalized picks for them. Members are invited to call Sam on Fridays to tell him about their mood or taste and from that information, Sam will help them pick a film to watch. Call volume is expected to be high, so if you get a busy signal please keep trying but they can’t promise to answer every call.

It’ll be available every Friday during the month of April from 3-4 PM ET.

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