The Best Horror Movies Are Coming to Shudder in May 2022
May marks the transition to spring, and while Shudder may not bring flowers, it certainly delivers gore and comedy. With original movies like The twin (May 6) and Sadness (May 12), the horror streaming service continues with the Cursed Movies II docuseries and season 4 of the much-loved (and anticipated) The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs
While May’s lineup might not be as exciting as last month’s “Halfway to Halloween” celebration, there are still some hidden and not-so-hidden gems coming to the platform. So here are the best movies and series coming to Shudder in May 2022.
Eli Roth’s Horror Story Debuts In Shudder Season 3
Eli Roth’s Horror Story is basically mandatory for hardcore genre fans. Via interviews and movie clips with stars, Roth and his many guest stars dive into the finer details of certain horror films belonging to a particular subgenre. Even horror fans who think they know everything about gender are sure to come away with new knowledge and perspectives. While Season 3 already dropped on AMC in October 2021 (and September for AMC+ subscribers), it’s finally making its debut on Shudder. This season’s topics include sequels (which don’t suck), infections, psychics, apocalyptic horror, holiday horror and mad scientists, with interviews ranging from Cate Blanchett and Vanessa Hudgens to Jennifer Tilly and Rob Zombie.
Season 3 of Eli Roth’s History of Horror lands May 1 on Shudder.
Goodnight Mama brings terror and chills
Directed by Veronika Franz and Séverin Fiala, Good night mom is an Austrian psychological horror film that has a way of squirming under the skin. The film follows two twins who move to a new home after their mother undergoes face-altering cosmetic surgery. Sure, the premise sounds simple enough, but make no mistake. Good night mom delivers a quirky twist and chills that are sure to stay with viewers long after they finish the movie.
2014’s Goodnight Mommy drops on Shudder on May 1.
The aftermath of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre turns into a thrill
While last month, John Carpenter’s Halloween following the streaming platform, May says “goodbye” Michael Myers and “hello” Leatherface. While Shudder already has Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in his library, he will be joined by Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Although it’s certainly not as maligned as Texas Chainsaw 3D, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III struggled to find an audience outside of hardcore TCM Fans. However, it is worth the detour, with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, which is a very good sequel with strong cult support. Then fans can jump over to Netflix to check out the divisive 2022 legacy sequel Chainsaw Massacre to form an opinion.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III hit Shudder on May 1.
The Babadook is an Australian psychological horror film that also dropped in 2014. Directed by Jennifer Kent in her directorial debut, the film generated a lot of buzz and critical acclaim upon its release – and for cause. It follows a single mother struggling with her son’s behavioral issues and her lingering fear of the titular Babadook after her husband’s violent death. However, what makes The Babadook unique is its deep, metaphorical story, which explores grief, mental illness, and the struggles of being a single parent. As such, viewers who watch the film expecting a simple ghost story will likely be disappointed.
The Babadook will travel to Shudder on May 2.
Popcorn turns a movie theater into a slasher hotspot
1991 Pop corn delivers an expected plot of slashers: unsuspecting teenagers get caught up in a movie theater during a B-movie marathon. However, it’s also an ingenious little gem that offers a dark comedy take on the kind of horror itself. Perhaps Pop cornThe best moments of involve movies within the movie, which include titles like Mosquito and Attack of the Incredible Electrified Manwhich act as witty homages to the sci-fi and horror movies that came before it. Pop corn is not Screambut it’s worth watching for fans of the genre looking for something off the beaten path.
Popcorn arrives on Shudder on May 9.
Brain Damage is a comedy horror from the director of Basket Case
From the director of the cult classic basket case, brain damage is a horror-comedy that many consider an allegory of addiction. It follows a young man who becomes addicted to the psychedelic jolts of an eel-like parasite that has attached itself to his brainstem, but he must feed it human victims in return. And yes, it’s as wonky and weird as it sounds. However, that’s to be expected from self-proclaimed exploitation filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, whose ultimate goal is to deliver gross films that shock.
Brain Damage slides into Shudder’s library on May 16.
Unlike the majority of entries on this list, Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott The phenomenon of found images is a documentary that – as we probably guessed by the title – chronicles the origins of the found footage subgenre. As a subgenre, found footage is divisive, with many either hating or loving it. Regardless of his position, however, his impact on horror cannot be denied. From more infamous installments like cannibal holocaust and The Blair Witch Project to commercial successes such as paranormal activity and Cloverfield, this documentary brings it all to light. So during The phenomenon of found images is a must for found footage fans, it is also recommended for movie buffs and genre fans in general.
The Found Footage Phenomenon arrives May 19 in Shudder.
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