Shudder Delivers A Month Filled With Horror Not To Be Missed! (May Guide)

April 15, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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This May delivers a horror-filled lineup of new original and exclusive films and series to Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural.  Highlights for the month include the films Fried Barry, a wild and trippy horror film about sex, drugs, and alien abductions destined to be a cult classic; acclaimed horror filmmaker Neil Marshall (The DescentGame of Thrones) returns to the genre with witch hunt thriller The Reckoning, starring Charlotte Kirk (Ocean’s 8) and Sean Pertwee (Gotham); and PG: Psycho Goreman, the latest horror-comedy from Steven Kostanski (The Void); as well as new episodes of original series Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs.  






Fried Barry – Premieres May 7 (Please note, this is updated from the previously announced date, May 6.) **A Shudder Original Film  

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ) 

Fried Barry follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex, and violence as Barry’s alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind.

 The feature directorial debut from award-winning music video director Ryan Kruger and starring newcomer Gary Green, the genre-pushing, acid-washed, sci-fi horror have been praised by critics and embraced by fans around the world. 

The film is produced by James C. Williamson and Kruger and executive produced by Nicolai Fuglsig (12 Strong). Williamson shares a story credit with Kruger who serves as both writer and director. The expansive cast is led by Green alongside Bianka HartensteinSean Cameron Michael (ShooterBlood Drive), Chanelle de Jager (The WidowOutlander), Joey Cramer (Flight of the Navigator), and Jonathan Pienaar (Blood DiamondRoots). 



The Reckoning – Premieres May 13 **A Shudder Exclusive Film

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, and Shudder UKI) 

After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte KirkOcean’s 8) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean PertweeDog Soldiers). Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind. 

Directed by the modern master of horror Neil Marshall (The DescentDog SoldiersGame of Thrones), The Reckoning was written by Marshall, star Charlotte Kirk, and Edward Evers-Swindell.  



PG: Psycho Goreman – Premieres May 20 **A Shudder Exclusive Film 

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ)  

In PG: Psycho Goreman, young siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. The nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy. 

Written and directed by Steven Kostanski (The VoidThe DivideFather’s Day), PG: Psycho Goreman stars Nita-Josee Hanna (Books of Blood4teen), Owen Myre (NOS4A2Alternate Ground), Adam Brooks (The ReturnFather’s Day), Alexis Hancey (Silver Tongue), and Matthew Ninaber (Transference). 



Skull: The Mask – Premieres May 27 **A Shudder Original Film 

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ) 

In this splatter-filled supernatural slasher, a Pre-Columbian artifact contains the spirit of Anhangá, the executioner of the god Tahawantinsupay. Whoever wears the masked is possessed by Anhangá and compelled to commit sacrifices to resurrect his god. It’s up to a museum assistant and a policewoman to stop the slaughter before the ritual is completed. A throwback treat for fans of ‘80s slashers and gory practical effects. 

Written and directed by Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman, who previously co-directed 2016’s Uptake FearSkull: The Mask stars Brazilian wrestling champion Rurik Jr., Wilton AndradeNatallia RodriguesIvo MüllerRicardo Gelli Guta RuizGilda Nomacce, and Tristan Aronovich. 





The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs – New Episodes Every Friday **A Shudder Original Series 


The hit original series with Joe Bob Briggs premiered on April 16 and continues with new episodes every Friday. Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presenting eclectic horror movie double features, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories, and significance to genre cinema. The show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended in the top 10 on Twitter in the US during the premiere of every episode and special, often reaching No. 1. Guest stars to date include Anna BillerKelli MaroneyChris JerichoLloyd KaufmanBarbara CramptonJohn McNaughtonReggie BannisterAshley LaurenceDoug Bradley, Michael BerrymanFelissa Rose, and Tom Savini 




May 1  

  • The Wicker Man (1973; US) 

During a celebration of May Day, a puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a girl who the locals claim never existed.   


  • House on Haunted Hill (1959; US) 

A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. The film is produced by horror legend, William Castle.  


  • House on Haunted Hill (1999; US) 

An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. 


  • 13 Ghosts (1960; US, CA) 

A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors. The film is produced by horror legend, William Castle. 


  • Curse of the Demon (1958; US, CA) 

Directed by Hollywood great, Jacques Tourneur, American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell. 


May 4 

  • Frankenhooker (US) 

Directed by Frank Henenlotter, a medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.  

May 10 

  • Sator (US, CA) 
    Secluded in a desolate forest, a broken family is observed by Sator, a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them. 


Two sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire. When the three come together for dinner it has all the makings of a lovely meal filled with desire, memories, and blood. From indie auteur, Mickey Reece comes a wholly original new vampire vision. 


Bernardo is an undertaker who runs a mortuary business in the same house where he resides. In the front, he has his clients. And in the back, his dysfunctional family lives among coffins, wreaths, and mischievous supernatural entities that visit on a daily basis. They attribute the paranormal manifestations to the dead bodies from their mortuary work but finding the real source of all this madness will be their quest, and what they might find is a terrifying truth. 


May 13 

  • Trickster –Full Season Binge Release (US)  

Based on the bestselling trilogy of novels by Eden Robinson, Trickster tells the story of the Indigenous Gothic, spirits, ancient magic, and deadly rites of passage in a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen. 


May 17 

  • American Mary (US) 

The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so-called “freakish” clients. 


  • Time Lapse (US) 

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures twenty-four hours into the future and conspires to use it for personal gain until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. 


  • Found (US, CA) 

A horror-obsessed boy discovers his older brother is a serial killer. 


May 18 

  • Def by Temptation (US, CA, UKI, ANZ) 
    An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York City, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop who specializes in cases involving the supernatural. 
  • Black Roses (US, UKI, ANZ) 

Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band. 


May 24 

  • Werewolf (US, CA) 
    WW2: a group of children liberated from a concentration camp finds themselves, aimless and hungry, stranded in an abandoned mansion in the forest, surrounded by vicious attack dogs. 


  • The Machine (US, CA) 
    In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot. 


  • The Windmill (US, CA) 
    In a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Jennifer joins a coach-load of tourists embarking on a tour of Holland’s world famous windmills. She and the other tourists are forced to seek shelter in a disused shed beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start to disappear, Jennifer learns that they all have something in common – a shared secret that seems to mark them all for doom 

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