The Celebration For Women In Horror Month Continues On Shudder With A Collection Curated By Barbara Crampton

One of the most anticipated horror events of each and every year is Women In Horror Month which is celebrated every February.  This year it is being made even more special as SHUDDER the streaming horror movie service has embraced the festivities and the proof is in this press release that just showed up.  If you’re not yet a subscriber – you’re going to want to change that situation soon.  Read on for the coolness!


“Shudder, the premium thriller, suspense, and horror video streaming service backed by AMC Networks hosts the legendary actress Barbara Crampton as the guest curator of a new collection of films on Shudder.

Her collection comes just in time for Women in Horror Month. In celebration, Shudder has also created “A Woman’s Touch,” a collection of films honoring women horror directors, including Shudder Exclusives Dearest Sister, directed by Mattie Do, and Blind Sun, directed by Joyce A. Nashawati.

Barbara Crampton is celebrating Women in Horror month by picking out a list of her favorite horror movies, including two of her collaborations with director Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator and Castle Freak, both of which are considered classics within the genre.

The iconic actress knew she wanted to act since the age of five. Crampton’s start in acting came from a role in King Lear; since then, she’s taken the horror scene by storm. Her passion for the industry stems from the first time she watched The Exorcist: “The first time I saw a horror movie was The Exorcist, and I was maybe fourteen or fifteen years old when it came out. I was terrified.””


Here’s the films that Crampton chose for her collection – along with some liner notes she’s supplied to explain her choices.

The movie I’m most identified with is actually the seminal work of both Jeffrey Combs and Stuart Gordon. This movie surprised critics with its abundance of gory effects, huge laughs, and exploitative nature.

Continuing Stuart’s successful adaptations of HP Lovecraft, his aim was to make a dark and bleak film about a broken family. Yet, it was the vision of the grotesque freak played by Jonathan Fuller with sad and mysterious intensity that has given people no less than Kristen Stewart haunting nightmares.

A gleeful and robust tale of both misogyny and feminism, everyone in this movie floored me with their performances. Sean Bridges is a righteous villain you don’t see coming, and Pollyanna McIntosh is fearless as the captive “woman” who seeks escape and exacts revenge.

Tragic and relentless psychological tale of the capture of a man’s life and soul. With tortuous scenes of mental cruelty and abundant gore, one sticks out in my mind late in the film. When the character of Murata, played by the fierce Denden, incessantly berates his new accomplice, Syamoto, into doing something more horrific than he could possible imagine, it’s an ominous reminder of what a person is capable of, if pushed to the limit.

Fun and light turn that suits David Hyde Pierce perfectly as the consummate host hiding a dark secret and alternative personality. I found this film to be both suspenseful and unexpectedly charming.

This is all happening right now – on Shudder.  You should click here right now if you’re not signed up – all the cool horror fans are doing it.