By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The scream streamer has a full slate of frightful films set through the summer.
Joining the previously announced INFLUENCER, by Kurtis David Harder (debuting May 26), Ted Geoghegan’s BROOKLYN 45 (June 9), Andres Beltran’s QUICKSAND (June 23) and BAD THINGS (August 25), Shudder has just announced premiere dates for the following, all available in the U.S., Canada, UK/Ireland and Australia/New Zealand:
- ELEVATOR GAME (August 11, pictured above), the latest from director Rebekah McKendry (GLORIOUS), starring Gino Anania, Alec Carlos, Megan Best, Nazariy Demkowicz, Verity Marks and Liam Stewart-Kanigan. The synopsis: “ELEVATOR GAMEfollows socially awkward teenager Ryan, who discovers that the night his sister disappeared she had played ‘The Elevator Game’–a ritual conducted in an elevator, in which players attempt to travel to another dimension using a set of rules that can be found online. Ignoring warnings, he resolves to follow and find her.”
- BIRTH/REBIRTH (August 18, following theatrical play via IFC Films), directed by Laura Moss and starring Marin Ireland (THE EMPTY MAN, THE DARK AND THE WICKED), Judy Reyes, A.J. Lister and Breeda Wool. The synopsis: “A single mother and a childless morgue technician are bound together by their relationship to a little girl they have reanimated from the dead.”
- PERPETRATOR (September 1), written and directed by Jennifer Reeder (KNIVES AND SKIN, V/H/S/94), starring Kiah McKirnan, Christopher Lowell (MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM), Melanie Liburd, Ireon Roach and Alicia Silverstone (THE LODGE). The synopsis: “PERPETRATOR follows Jonny (McKirnan), a wild and impulsive teenage girl living precariously in a town where young women continue to go missing, and the power she’s forced to unlock to survive. At its core, a horror film inspired by the shared experience of generations of women, PERPETRATOR is equal parts modern mythmaking, thrilling story of revenge, and extraordinary exploration of youthful chaos.”