Scare Package Heading to Shudder
Austin-made horror anthology acquired by horror streamer
By Richard Whittaker,
4:30PM, Wed. May 13, 2020
Get ready for a bloody surprise! Austin-carved horror anthology Scare Package is coming to horror streaming site Shudder.
We've been tracking this nasty pile of laughs right from production back in 2018 at an abandoned hospital (read all about our set visit, "Something Evil at Brackenridge Hospital") and through its local premiere last December at Other Worlds Film Festival. Now Shudder has announced that it will be joining their streaming roster in the U.S., Canada, and the UK on June 18.
“We are delighted to introduce a new generation of horror voices in this smart, funny, gorey, ode to horror that is Scare Package," said Emily Gotto, Shudder’s Director of Global Acquisitions & Co-Production."
The movie is the brainchild of producer and segment-director Aaron B. Koontz (currently wrapping post-production on his eagerly-anticipated Western horror The Pale Door). For his story of weird goings-on at a video rental store, he invited a murderers' row of local and regularly-sighted-in-Austin directing talent, including Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance, Grow Up, Tony Phillips), Anthony Cousins ("The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds), Chris McInroy ("Bad Guy #2" and "Death Metal"), UT RTF grads Courtney and Hillary Andujar (Production Designers on The Girl On The Third Floor), plus Knives Out star Noah Segan and Baron Vaughn, aka Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return's Tom Servo, making their directorial debut - and, of course, Koontz himself.
With a cast that includes Segan, Vaughn, Jocelyn DeBoer (Thunder Road), Josephine McAdam (Tower), Chronicle cover star Dustin Rhodes, and dozens more (including a special cameo by b-movie expert Joe Bob Briggs), it's a bloody, hilarious, and bloody hilarious deconstruction of all your favorite horror tropes, conventions, and cliches.
Koontz said, "People say this often, but we mean it: This truly is a movie made by horror fans, for horror fans. And we have the tears, sweat and 40+ gallons of blood to prove it. So, to be able to partner this love-letter with Shudder was a dream come true and hopefully can be a wild and hilarious distraction in our newly confined times."
Expect to unwrap this fun-filled fardel of gruesome delights on www.shudder.com on June 18.