Shudder Launches Halloween Hotline

Happy Halloween! Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, offers the best, hand-selected collection of horror movies around. But sometimes you need a little extra help picking exactly which great slasher, ghost story, giallo or monster movie to watch next. In celebration of Halloween, Shudder’s head curator, Samuel Zimmerman, will be offering callers his live, personalized picks for their perfect Halloween night/weekend viewing.

All movie lovers from around the world are invited to call Sam on the Shudder Hotline at (201) 305-9178 today from 3-4pm ET and tell him about their mood or taste. From that information, Sam will use his horror knowledge to pick a film from Shudder’s vast library custom-suited for them.

I just spoke with Sam for a few minutes, after calling in numerous times, and shared with him that Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is my favorite film. I also told him that I love 1970s and 1980s horror. He said, “What about the ’80s stuff appeals to you? Would you be open to something that you’d feel would recall that spirit really well?” I proceeded to tell Sam how I love everything about the 1980s, including the music, movies, etc. I then told him how I love the vibe of American Horror Story 1984 because it captures the vibe of the 1980s that I enjoy, including its soundtrack. Sam replied, “Awesome! Have you checked out Summer of 84, I imagine?” I said, “Oh, yes. That was good.” He replied, “What about The Ranger?” I told Sam that I had not watched that. “The Ranger, I think would be worth you checking out because it has that feel, it has that color, it has a big punk rock soundtrack. It’s very inspired by Demons and Return of the Living Dead, but it’s also kind of a straight slasher.” I asked Sam what caller I was, and he said I was number five. We wished each other a Happy Halloween and said goodbye.Call volume is high and not every call will be answered, but Sam will get to as many as he can during the hour. While the recommendations are provided for free, please note that normal phone and long-distance charges may apply. I highly recommend you give him a buzz before the hour is up because he’s got some great recommendations.

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