George A. Romero’s ‘The Amusement Park’ to Headline Shudder’s Summer Releases!!

The horror streaming platform Shudder has announced its slate for their Summer of Chills, and it should pique the interest of any horror fan. Arguably the most exciting addition to the event programming is the previously-lost George A. Romero film The Amusement Park, now fully restored. Other exclusives will be the SXSW premiere Jakob’s Wife starring horror icon Barbara Crampton and the Irish thriller Caveat.

The Amusement Park was commissioned by the Lutheran Society in the 1970s as a commentary on elder abuse. However, after Romero showed the Society his finished project, they disavowed the film for its disturbing imagery. This left the film unrestored for decades until 2019, where it premiered for the first time in Romero’s hometown of Pittsburgh. The restoration was a collaboration between The George A. Romero Foundation and Yellow Veil Pictures.

Shudder‘s ‘Summer of Chills’ offers something for everyone with a fantastic line-up of new premieres every week, on top of the best library of curated streaming horror films anywhere,” said the streamer’s General Manager Craig Engler in a statement. “We’re especially excited to have the premiere of legendary director George A. Romero‘s lost film The Amusement Park, a must-see piece of cinema history, exclusively on Shudder.”

Shudder’s entire Summer of Chills slate can be found below. With such an eclectic lineup, there is bound to be something premiering for every horror fan.

June 3 – Caveat

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Lone drifter Isaac accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga, for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga’s uncle, Barrett leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. Directed by Damien McCarthy. Starring Jonathan French, Leila Sykes and Ben Caplan.

June 8 – The Amusement Park

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker’s early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.

June 17 – Superdeep

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

The Kola Superdeep borehole is the largest Russian secret facility. In 1984, at the depth of more than 7 miles below the surface, unexplained sounds were recorded, resembling the screams and moans of numerous people. Since these events, the object has been closed. A small research team of scientists and military personnel go down below the surface to find the secret hidden these many decades. What they discover will pose the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Directed by Arseniy Sukhin. Starring Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Kirill Kovbas and Nikita Dyuvbanov.

June 24 – An Unquiet Grave

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions. An Unquiet Grave is an exploration of grief, and the harm we cause when we don’t take responsibility for our own healing. Directed by Terrence Krey. Starring Jacob A. Ware and Christine Nyland who also co-wrote the film.

June 29 – Vicious Fun

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Joel, a caustic 1980’s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim. Directed by Cody Calahan. Starring Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Brown and John Fray.

July 8 – Son

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

After a mysterious group breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch and Luke David Blumm.

July 15 – The Call

(Available on Shudder US and Shudder CA)

Four Friends. One Phone Call. 60 Seconds to Stay Alive. In the fall of 1987, a group of small-town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple after a tragic accident. Needing only to make a single phone call, the request seems ordinary until they realize that this call could change their life…or end it. This simple task quickly spirals into terror as their worst nightmares become reality. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. Starring Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise) and Tobin Bell (Saw franchise).

July 22 – Kandisha

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree— and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi and Suzy Bemba.

July 29 – The Boy Behind the Door

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying. Directed by Justin Powell and David Charbonier, who also directed this year’s The Djinn. Starring Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Micah Hauptman (Rust Creek).

August 5 – Teddy

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months. As weeks go by, animal impulses soon start to overcome the young man. Directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma. Starring Anthony Bajon (The Prayer), Ludovic Torrent, Christine Gautier, Noémie Lvovsky, Guillaume Mattera, Jean-Paul Fabre, Alexis Orlandini, Gérard Pau and Jean-Michel Ricart.

August 10 – Bleed With Me

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Rowan, a vulnerable outsider, is thrilled when the seemingly perfect Emily invites her on a winter getaway to an isolated cabin in the woods. Trust soon turns to paranoia when Rowan wakes up with mysterious incisions on her arm. Haunted by dream-like visions, Rowan starts to suspect that her friend is drugging her and stealing her blood. She’s paralyzed by the fear of losing Emily, but she must fight back before she loses her mind. Bleed With Me is a psychological horror that juxtaposes tenderness and violence in an investigation of female intimacy and dangerous codependency. Directed by Amelia Moses. Starring Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty and Aris Tyros.

August 19 – Jakob’s Wife

(Available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UKI and Shudder ANZ)

Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with a stranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on her marriage and a heavy body count. Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor). Starring horror icons Barbara Crampton (You’re Next) and Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun), Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).

 

via Collider

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