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Shudderfest: Free Day-Long Virtual Halloween Event

This is a Halloween unlike any other. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Shudder has come to the rescue with an all-day virtual Halloween event, taking place this Saturday, October 31. Think of it as an online horror convention, featuring panels comprised of horror legends and luminaries, as well as a movie double-feature at night. The best part is, other than the movie double feature, this event is completely free. Register now at Shudderfest.com, and read the full press release below for all of the details.

ANNOUNCING “SHUDDERFEST,”
A FREE, DAY-LONG VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN EVENT THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Streaming Celebration to Feature Clancy Brown, Keith David, Robert Englund, Kirk Hammett, Kamil Oshundara, Greg Nicotero, Arrow de Wilde, and Many More

October 27, 2020 — New York, NY — Staying home for Halloween this year? Fear not: Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, is bringing the holiday to you with ShudderFest, a horror celebration you don’t need to leave the house to attend. This incredible day-long virtual event will feature panels, presentations, conversations and screenings led by legendary genre icons, fan-favorite musicians, and acclaimed directors, writers, and producers, free to all and available anywhere in the world via the shudderfest.com website.

Highlights of the event include a virtual hang with “horror royalty” including genre luminaries Tony Todd (Candyman), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and others; a conversation between the stars and creators of 2020’s Zoom-horror Host and the makers of 1999’s found footage masterpiece, The Blair Witch Project; a panel of musicians who love Horror, including Bright Light Bright Light and Starcrawler’s Arrow De Wilde; Scary Story Time with Scare Me’s Josh Ruben and friends; a special recording of The Kingcast podcast with Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero; and a one-time secret screening of a future Shudder Original film that won’t be available until 2021. See below for a complete schedule and lineup of guests. (Panels titles, guests, and times are subject to change.)

“Most people aren’t able to go out for Halloween this year due to the pandemic, so we decided to bring Halloween home to them with an all-day celebration of everything that’s spooky and scary. And it’s not limited to Shudder members either—anyone around the world can participate in ShudderFest, because Halloween is a holiday that everyone should be able to enjoy,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.

The full schedule includes:

12pm EST: Welcome to ShudderFest with host Keith David – Horror Royalty Hangout

Doug Bradley (Hellraiser franchise), Robert Englund (Elm Street franchise), Lance Henriksen (Alien franchise), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th franchise), actor/director/FX master Tom Savini, Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise), and Tony Todd (Candyman franchise), moderated by Yahoo Entertainment’s Kevin Polowy.

1pm EST: Blair Witch x Host

The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sánchez, producer Michael Monello and co-producer Greg Hale in conversation with Host director/co-writer Rob Savage and stars Haley Bishop and Emma Louise Webb, moderated by Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman.

2pm EST: The Future of Black Horror

A look at the thrilling present and bold future of Black Horror with Rusty Cundieff (director, Tales from the Hood), Tananarive Due (exec producer, Horror Noire), Shannon M. Houston (writer, HBO’s Lovecraft Country), Victor LaValle (author, The Ballad of Black Tom), and Kamil Oshundara (cultural executive, Monkeypaw Productions), moderated by journalist/writer Evan Narcisse.

3pm EST: Interview with the Glampire: A blood draining dissertation with Paperbacks from Hell’s Grady Hendrix

4pm EST: Musicians Who  Horror

Pop star Bright Light Bright Light, GWAR’s The Berserker Blothar, Pustulus Maximus & Sawborg Destructo, Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steve Stevens, and Starcrawler lead singer Arrow de Wilde, moderated by Yahoo Entertainment’s Lyndsey Parker.

5pm EST: Story Time with Scare Me’s Josh Ruben & Friends

Scare Me’s writer-director-star Ruben shares spooky stories with friends Frank Garcia-Hejl (Scare Package), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Dreama Walker (Doubt) and Astronomy Club’s Jonathan Braylock, James III and Jerah Milligan.

6pm EST: Inside The Mortuary Collection

Meet the team behind the horror anthology that Sam Raimi called “a twisted tapestry of grisly fun and endlessly inventive terror” — writer/director Ryan Spindell, star Clancy Brown, and producers Allison Friedman and T. Justin Ross.

Followed by Kirk Hammett’s Top Five Moments in Horror and Keith David Answers Your Questions

7pm EST: The Kingcast podcast with special guest Greg Nicotero

The Kingcast, a podcast devoted to Stephen King by veteran film bloggers Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler, sits down to discuss adapting the author’s works with showrunner, writer, director and FX maestro Greg Nicotero, who has directed two King stories for Creepshow and created FX for multiple other King adaptations.

9pm EST: Members Only Double Feature: Halloween and Secret Screening on Shudder TV*

Shudder members can wrap up their ShudderFest with a special double feature of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic (US and CA only) at 9pm ET/6pm PT and a special one one-time-only preview of a future Shudder film that won’t stream again until 2021 (but we can’t tell you which one!) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT (in all Shudder territories).

*Available only via the Shudder TV feed on Shudder’s apps and site in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Shudder membership required; 7- day free trial available.

The eight panels and Keith David’s host segments will replay twice, in the same order, beginning at Saturday at 8pm ET/5pm PT/Midnight UK/11am (Sunday) AEST and again Sunday at 3am** ET/1am PT/9am UK/8pm AEST. The Secret Screening will only happen once, at 9pm ET/6pm PT/1am UK/. (**Note: Daylight Saving Time starts November 1 at 1am in the US.)

This groundbreaking event is made possible with collaborations from media partner Yahoo Entertainment, platform partner Top Fan, and video partner Brightcove.

For more information and to register to take part, visit ShudderFest.com.

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