On Shudder, it’s Halloween year-round. You get new horror content all the time. But when it reaches that barrier between August/September, when you can feel the frights and ghouls and ghosts of Halloween coming, you know they need to make special arrangements. They’ve done just that by acquiring two new films for the streaming service. Slapface and The Advent Calendar are coming to Shudder just of their FrightFest premieres later this month. Now these two won’t be debuting until later in the year, but it means we’ve just got horror content to spread through the other holidays. The Advent Calendar comes in December 2021 from writer/director Patrick Ridremont. Slapface arrives in 2022 from writer/director Jeremiah Kipp.
The two films join Offseason and The Last Thing Mary Saw as other films from FrightFest that Shudder have snapped up to join their roster of films. Craig Engler, General Manager of Shudder, had this to say:
Shudder members will have exclusive access to some of the most exciting and compelling festival films in the months ahead. We are excited to debut Patrick Ridremont’s chilling French horror fantasy The Advent Calendar just in time for the holidays and Jeremiah Kipp’s mysterious and eerie Slapface next year. They will join American gothic horror Offseason and unique period feature The Last Thing Mary Saw along with many other exclusive series and films to haunt and delight our members.
About Slapface and The Advent Calendar
Here are the official descriptions of the two films.
Is there a relationship more special than that of a boy and his monster? After Lucas (August Maturo, The Nun) and Tom (Mike Manning, The Call) lose their mother in an accident, they think they only have each other to lean on. But Lucas has become fascinated by local myths of a monster (Lukas Hassel, The Black Room) in the woods, reciting the rhyme that kids have been repeating for generations whenever he walks by the abandoned hospital. When bullying girls from his school dare him to go inside, the rhyme comes to life and as Lucas’ visits become more frequent, the disappearances begin.
But surely the Virago witch would never hurt him? Written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp, Slapface won the Audience Award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival this year. It also stars Dan Hedaya (The Usual Suspects), Libe Barer (Sneaky Pete), Mirabelle Lee (The Blacklist), Bianca D’Ambrosio (yA) and Chiara D’Ambrosio (yA). The film was produced by Joe Benedetto, Artisha Mann Cooper, Mike Manning.
The Advent Calendar
Writer/director Patrick Ridremont’s French horror fantasy is an ornate and elegant chiller. Eva (Eugénie Derouand, Paris Police 1900), an ex-dancer, is now living in a wheelchair, unable to walk. When her friend Sophie (Honorine Magnier, Tomorrow is Ours) gives her an old wooden antique advent calendar before Christmas, she realizes each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life. Some of them are good, but most of them are bad, really bad. Now Eva will have to choose between getting rid of the calendar or walking again – even if it causes death and destruction to everyone she holds dear around her. The film was produced by Alain Benguigui, Virginie Ogouz, Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts.
These two films sound fantastic. Shudder has a huge library of horror content, so make sure to give them a look.
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