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Shudder Sunday

For those of us social distancing alone, technology is not only a conduit to reaching friends and family, it often becomes a friend or cool cousin. When lockdown rules are relaxed, it will be interesting for us lone stay-at-homers to mingle with real people again, rather than exclusively talking to faces on Zoom. I foresee awkwardness.

Technology, specifically a Roku box and my TV, enabled me to spend last Sunday with Shudder, immersing myself in independent horror cinema. By independent I don’t mean cheap, but rather imaginative, surprising and exhilarating film making.

No, Shudder are not paying me or offering a free subscription to write this. To prove it, on the Roku box cast and director details are not listed for any of the movies...

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Shiver & Scissor with Shudder at TIFF!

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Upcoming horror streaming service Shudder knows how to grab the attention and imagination of movie fans. How better to showcase a new way to watch fear films than by recruiting two of horror cinema’s most terrifying women as cheerleaders?

Shudder, launching in the UK and Ireland this autumn, boasts the frightfully good Sadako vs Kayako as one of its premiere titles. Ahead of the film’s screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, its stars received make-overs fit for Queens of Screams… you thought those lethally long locks looked after themselves?

Check out the pictures below to see Elly Namami (Sadako) and Runa Endo (Kayako) receiving some follicle TLC before adopting more familiar poses…

Photo By Sarjoun Faour

Sadako receiving a little of the back. But, surely more off the front is required?

Photo By Sarjoun Faour

Kayako c...

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