Shudder Is Hosting A One-Day Free Virtual Horror Convention With Exclusive Movie Screening

ShudderFest is a free one-day virtual event that will be available worldwide on October 31.


As with most things this year, Halloween is set to be very different for many of us in 2020. Thankfully for fright fans stuck at home, horror streaming platform Shudder will celebrate the day with an impressive free one-day virtual event named ShudderFest.

ShudderFest will be available free worldwide on at, starting at 12 PM ET on Saturday, October 31. The event mixes panels, presentations, discussions, and screenings and features a host of big names from the genre, including horror icons Tony Todd (Candyman), Robert Englund (A Nightmare of Elm Street), and Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th). For Shudder members, there will also be an exclusive first secret screening of an upcoming Shudder original movie.

The full line-up is:

  • 12 PM ET Welcome to ShudderFest with host Keith David

    Horror Royalty Hangout
    Doug Bradley (Hellraiser franchise), Robert Englund (Elm Street franchise), Lance Henriksen (Alien franchise), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th franchise), actor/director/FX master Tom Savini, Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise), and Tony Todd (Candyman franchise), moderated by Yahoo Entertainment's Kevin Polowy

  • 1 PM ET – Blair Witch x Host
    The Blair Witch Project co-director Eduardo Sánchez, producer Michael Monello and co-producer Greg Hale in conversation with Host director/co-writer Rob Savage, and stars Haley Bishop and Emma Louise Webb, moderated by Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman

  • 2 PM ET – The Future of Black Horror
    A look at the thrilling present and bold future of Black Horror with Rusty Cundieff (director, Tales from the Hood), Tananarive Due (exec producer, Horror Noire), Shannon M. Houston (writer, HBO’s Lovecraft Country), Victor LaValle (author, The Ballad of Black Tom), and Kamil Oshundara (cultural executive, Monkeypaw Productions), moderated by journalist/writer Evan Narcisse

  • 3 PM ET – Interview with the Glampire
    A blood draining dissertation with Paperbacks from Hell's Grady Hendrix

  • 4 PM ET – Musicians Who 🖤 Horror
    Pop star Bright Light Bright Light, GWAR's The Berserker Blothar, Pustulus Maximus, and Sawborg Destructo, Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steve Stevens, and Starcrawler lead singer Arrow de Wilde, moderated by Yahoo Entertainment's Lyndsey Parker

  • 5 PM ET – Story Time with Scare Me's Josh Ruben & Friends
    Scare Me's writer-director-star Ruben shares spooky stories with friends Frank Garcia-Hejl (Scare Package), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Dreama Walker (Doubt), and Astronomy Club's Jonathan Braylock, James III and Jerah Milligan

  • 6 PM ET – Inside The Mortuary Collection
    Meet the team behind the horror anthology that Sam Raimi called "a twisted tapestry of grisly fun and endlessly inventive terror"--writer/director Ryan Spindell, star Clancy Brown, and producers Allison Friedman and T. Justin Ross.
    Followed by Kirk Hammett's Top Five Moments in Horror and Keith David Answers Your Questions

  • 7 PM ET – The Kingcast podcast with special guest Greg Nicotero
    The Kingcast, a podcast devoted to Stephen King by veteran film bloggers Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler, sits down to discuss adapting the author’s works with showrunner, writer, director, and FX maestro Greg Nicotero, who has directed two King stories for Creepshow and created FX for multiple other King adaptations

  • 9 PM ET – Members Only Double Feature: Halloween and Secret Screening on Shudder TV
    A screening of John Carpenter's 1978 classic Halloween, followed by a special one one-time-only preview of a future Shudder film that won't stream again until 2021

Shudder will also be releasing a new animated episode of its hit anthology series Creepshow, featuring two new stories written by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. It hits the service on October 29.

Shudderfest isn't the only one-day virtual horror event happening this week. On October 29, fans can check out BlumFest, from Get Out and Purge producers Blumhouse. BlumFest will include exclusive new looks at the company's upcoming movies The Craft: Legacy, Freaky, and Halloween Kills.

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