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SXSW Midnighter “DEADSTREAM” finds a home at Shudder

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The livestreaming horror/comedy is the latest acquisition for the genre streamer.

Shudder has announced that it has picked up DEADSTREAM ahead of its world premiere as part of the Midnighter lineup at this month’s SXSW Film Festival. The movie will exclusively stream on the platform in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The feature debut of husband-and-wife writer/directors Joseph and Vanessa Winter, the former of whom also stars, DEADSTREAM additionally features Melanie Stone, Jason K. Wixom, Pat Barnett and Marty Collins. The synopsis: “DEADSTREAM follows a disgraced and demonetized internet personality [Joseph Winter] who tries to win back his fans by live-streaming himself spending one night alone in an abandoned haunted house. When he accidentally unleashes a vengeful spirit, his big comeback event becomes a real-time fight for his life (and social relevance) as he faces off with the sinister spirit of the house and her own powerful following.”

“DEADSTREAM was a true collaboration between our small and dedicated crew, who took big swings with limited resources,” say the Winters. “We’re huge fans of Shudder’s wildly unique and exciting content and we couldn’t be happier to be partnering with them for the release of our film.”

Adds Shudder GM Craig Engler, “DEADSTREAM is wickedly crowd-pleasing, the rare horror/comedy as frightening as it is funny. We’re thrilled to welcome Joseph and Vanessa Winter’s creative, creepy and relentless gem to Shudder.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.