Alexandre Aja (Horns (2013), Mirrors (2008), The Hills Have Eyes (2006)) recently picked his top 5 horror movies and Shudder, a new streaming service for horror movies backed by AMC Networks, has every film available for streaming right now. The films include Audition (1999), Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989), Antichrist (2009), Room 237 (2012), and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). Shudder serves horror fans for $4.99/month or $49.99/year and the video library is indeed growing in the right way.
Shudder’s Newest Guest Curator Collection: Press Release: New York, New York- March 17, 2015 - Shudder, the diabolical horror streaming service backed by AMC Networks, continues to expand their offerings for horror fans. As part of Shudder’s guest curator initiative, director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes , Piranha 3D) has created a collection of his top five horror films, now live on the Shudder platform.
Aja’s collection will be the second as part of Shudder?1;s guest curator program, which kicked off last month with a collection by director/writer Robert Eggers (The Witch). Each guest curator carefully selects their top five horror films based on personal taste and impact on the genre. Shudder plans to continue the program on a monthly basis with collections from new guest curators.
Shudder houses a variety of films that span all decades and subgenres of horror in detailed collections created by lead curators Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman. The full collection by Alexandre Aja, now available on Shudder, is detailed below (with comments from the filmmaker):
This film is slow-burning storytelling, like climbing up the Everest of horror. It?1;s the most unnerving Takashi Miike movie, deeply sensual and bloody disturbing. This feminist revenge story is every man’s nightmare and fantasy as well. If you can stomach it, she will move you and stay with you long after the end credits roll, making Fatal Attraction feel like a ?3;Teletubbies?2; episode.?2;
Growing up on Akira, Tetsuo was- for me- the perfect development of man?1;s evolution into machine, or how the industrial world we are living in might ultimately consume us. This Cronenbergian hallucination is graphic, fetishist, expressionist, and a beautiful black and white journey. Somehow- it?1;s like the Japanese Eraserhead. Definitely cult!
It’s been a long time since I had to stop watching a movie because it was too intense! The imagery is so haunting, every frame of that forest is a cinematic painting. The darkness of love stories and human relationships challenge the audience by taking them in the most remote and dark places of our own nature. The film is a provocative experience like a question mark burnt on your skin.
Extreme, conspiratorial, funny- most of the crazy theories might be just pure fiction in this ode documentary, but it?1;s so exciting to milk the fantasy of the almighty Stanley around the making of The Shining. The idealistic vision of the ultimate filmmaker?1;s ability to layer subtext, hidden messages in every frame of one the best movies ever made!
HENRY - PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
The most honest attempt of depicting serial killers. No artifice. Nothing about the deaths themselves. No fear or suspense. Just the casual build up and the cold aftermath. An immersion into the inconceivable mind of killers and the performance by Michael Rooker is unforgettable.
Alexandre Aja is a French film director who made his directorial debut at the age of eighteen with the short film Over the Rainbow, which received a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award nomination for best short film. Aja is best known for his work on High Tension (2003), Hills Have Eyes (2006), and Mirrors(2008). In 2004, he was listed as one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch. He is currently working on The Sentinel and The 9th Life of Louis Drax which starsJamie Doran (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed).
The addition of guest curator collections on Shudder follows the recent announcement of Shudder Labs, the service?1;s weeklong horror workshop for aspiring filmmakers. Further details on the guest curated collections and the program can be found at www.shudder.com
Shudder is a diabolical premium streaming video service, serving horror fans with curated worldwide programming ranging from hard-to-find independent fare to cult grindhouse classics to Hollywood blockbusters. Shudder has something for everyone, from the casual fan to the hardcore horror devotee. Backed by AMC Networks, Shudder’s growing library of curated horror is available ad-free and for unlimited viewing on Shudder’s website, mobile apps for iOS and Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Roku platform with a free 14-day trial or $4.99 monthly/ $49.99 yearly membership. To sign up or learn more about Shudder, visit www.shudder.com
Alexandra Aja’s Top 5 Horror Movies on Shudder
Synopsis: A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.
Directors: Takashi Miike
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Ryû Murakami, Daisuke Tengan
Producers: Satoshi Fukushima, Jun'ichi Shindô, Akemi Suyama, Toyoyuki Yokohama
Musicians: Kôji Endô
Editors: Yasushi Shimamura
Synopsis: A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body...
Directors: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Writers: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Producers: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Musicians: Chu Ishikawa
Editors: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Synopsis: A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Directors: Lars von Trier
Genres: Horror, Drama
Writers: Lars von Trier
Producers: Bettina Brokemper, Rémi Burah, Gunnar Carlsson, Jérôme Clément, Madeleine Ekman, Meta Louise Foldager, Peter Garde, Sanne Glæsel, Gebhard Henke, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Lars Jönsson, Andrea Occhipinti, Michel Reilhac, Johannes Rexin, Andreas Schreitmüller, Marianne Slot, Malgorzata Szumowska, Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, Meinolf Zurhorst
Musicians: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Editors: Åsa Mossberg, Anders Refn
Room 237 (2012)
Synopsis: An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).
Directors: Rodney Ascher
Writers: Rodney Ascher
Producers: P. David Ebersole, Andrew Herwitz, Todd Hughes, Tim Kirk
Musicians: William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
Editors: Rodney Ascher
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Synopsis: Based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas.
Directors: John McNaughton
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
Writers: Richard Fire, John McNaughton
Producers: Malik B. Ali, Waleed B. Ali, Lisa Dedmond, Steven A. Jones, John McNaughton
Musicians: Ken Hale, Steven A. Jones, Robert McNaughton
Editors: Elena Maganini
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