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ALEXANDRE AJA Top 5 Horror Movies Now Streaming on SHUDDER

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.


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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 [2006], 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):

AUDITION

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;

TETSUO

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!

ANTICHRIST

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.

ROOM 237

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

About Shudder

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

Audition (1999)

Synopsis: In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami?
Cast: Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kanji Tsuda, Ren Ôsugi, Ren Ohsugi, Ren Osugi, Kimiko Tachibana, Tatsuo Endô, Koshio Jindôji, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Party, Takako Katô, Renji Ishibashi, Saori Tachibana, Miyuki Matsuda, Yayoi Ôtsu, Toshie Negishi, Sugimura Yoko, Shigeru Saiki, Yuriko Hirooka, Yuriko Hiro'oka, Fumiyo Kohinata, Tatsuo Endô, Misato Nakamura, Koshio Jindôji, Yuuto Arima, Takako Katô, Ayaka Izumi
Directors Takashi Miike
Genres Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Year: 1999
Runtime: 115
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 4
Nominations: 2
Writers: Ryû Murakami, Daisuke Tengan
Producers: Satoshi Fukushima, Jun'ichi Shindô, Akemi Suyama, Toyoyuki Yokohama
Musicians: Kôji Endô
Editors: Yasushi Shimamura

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Synopsis: A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese "salaryman", out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact dead but is somehow masterminding and guiding his rage and frustration-fueled transformation.
Cast: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Renji Ishibashi, Naomasa Musaka, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Tomorô Taguchi, Tomorô Taguchi
Directors Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Genres Horror, Sci-Fi
Year: 1989
Runtime: 67
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 2
Producers: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Musicians: Chu Ishikawa
Editors: Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Antichrist (2009)

Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
Directors Lars von Trier
Genres Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
Year: 2009
Runtime: 108
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 21
Nominations: 30
Producers: Bettina Brokemper, Rémi Burah, Gunnar Carlsson, Jérôme Clément, Madeleine Ekman, Peter Garde, Sanne Glæsel, Gebhard Henke, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Lars Jönsson, Andrea Occhipinti, Michel Reilhac, Johannes Rexin, Andreas Schreitmüller, Marianne Slot, Malgorzata Szumowska, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, Meinolf Zurhorst
Musicians: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Editors: Åsa Mossberg, Anders Refn

Room 237 (2012)

Synopsis: A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Stephen King, Malcolm McDowell, Liam Neeson, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Nicole Kidman, Barry Dennen, Roddy McDowall, Robert Redford, Adolf Hitler, Barry Nelson, Joe Turkel, Scatman Crothers, Pope John Paul II, Danny Lloyd, Philip Stone, Joseph Stalin, Shelley Duvall, Keir Dullea, Thomas Gibson, Stanley Kubrick, Emil Jannings, Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Martin Potter, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Alexander Radszun, Jay Weidner
Directors Rodney Ascher
Genres Documentary
Year: 2012
Runtime: 102
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 2
Nominations: 16
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: Loosely based on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people. The killing spree depicted in the film starts after Otis' sister Becky comes to stay with them. The people they kill are strangers and in one particularly gruesome attack, kill all three members of a family during a home invasion. Henry lacks compassion in everything he does and isn't the kind to leave behind witnesses - of any kind.
Cast: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Kurt Naebig, Donna Dunlap, Mary Demas, Benjamen Passman, Augie the Dog, Flo Spink, Benjamin Passman, Anne Bartoletti, Elizabeth Kaden, Kristin Finger, Ted Kaden, Lily Monkus, Ray Atherton, Denise Sullivan, Eric Young, Anita Ores, Rick Paul, Megan Ores, Peter Van Wagner, Cheri Jones, Tom McKearn, Monica Anne O'Malley, Frank Coronado, Bruce Quist, Lisa Temple, Erzsebet Sziky, Brian Graham, Tracy Arnold
Directors John McNaughton
Genres Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
Year: 1986
Runtime: 83
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 9
Nominations: 8
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