Horror Flick ‘Shaky Shivers’ Headed to Cineverse’s Screambox and Digital Oct. 17

The horror film Shaky Shivers debuts on Cineverse’s Screambox streaming service and on digital Oct. 17.

In the film directed by Sung Kang (“Fast & Furious” franchise), after finding herself bitten by a mysterious animal, Lucy becomes convinced that she will transform into a fearsome werewolf. Joined by her best friend Karen, the two embark on a wild adventure filled with magic and mayhem, as they look to do battle with a throat-slashing creature.

The ’80s-inspired creature feature includes the practical effects of Gabe Bartalos (Leprechaun, Gremlins 2).

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Brooke Markham (“In The Dark”), VyVy Nguyen (The Sympathizer), Jimmy Bellinger (Blockers), Herschel Sparber (A Goofy Movie), Skyler Day (“Parenthood”) and Erin Daniels (House of 1000 Corpses).

 

Cineverse Horror Channel Screambox TV Launches on Amazon’s Freevee

Screambox, Cineverse’s free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channel, joins the distributor’s portfolio of streaming brands that were previously added to the Freevee line-up, including The Bob Ross Channel, The Dove Channel, Midnight Pulp, the Nacelle Pop Channel, RealMadrid TV and RetroCrush.

Since Cineverse acquired the horror streaming service Screambox — also available as a standalone SVOD service — it has added more than 550 new films and television series to the platform, including the popular instant slasher classic Terrifier 2. The linear Screambox TV channel is curated and powered by Cineverse’s Bloody Disgusting.

“We’re thrilled to bring the thrills of Screambox TV to an even wider audience with our launch as a FAST channel on Amazon Freevee,” Tom Owen, managing director, Bloody Disgusting/Cineverse, said in a statement.

Owen said advertisers are recognizing the allure of the horror genre.

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Screambox’s 2023 content slate includes The Outwaters, the Japanese sci-fi horror movie CUBE, and documentaries such as Living With Chucky and Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story. Some of the newest content available includes Robo Doc: The Creation of Robo Cop, Ghastly BrothersWho Done It: The Clue Documentary and Subject

Additional upcoming content includes Shaky Shivers and Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls, which will be available on the streamer following their theatrical runs. 

Cinedigm Acquires North American Rights to Japanese Horror Film ‘New Religion’

Cinedigm April 5 announced it has acquired all North American rights to the Japanese sci-fi horror film New Religion. The film had its North American premiere last month at the Slamdance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Narrative Feature, among other award nominations.

Cinedigm plans to release the movie on its horror streaming platform Screambox later this year as a Screambox Original.

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The surrealist horror film, which is written and directed by Keishi Kondo, finds a young woman working as a call girl following her divorce and the death of her child. One day, she meets an unsettling customer who wants to take pictures of her body parts. Soon, she realizes that every time she allows her body to be photographed her daughter’s spirit gets closer. She must decide how far she is willing to go to connect with her daughter once again.

“Keishi Kondo has shown tremendous ambition for his first feature in creating this haunting body horror film,” Brad Miska, managing director of Cinedigm/Bloody Disgusting, said in a statement.

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Cinedigm to Release Japanese Sci-Fi Horror Movie ‘Cube’ as Screambox Original on April 11

Cinedigm plans to release 2021 Japanese sci-fi horror movie Cube on its Streambox streaming platform April 11 as a Screambox Original.

Cinedigm announced acquisition of all U.S. rights to the remake of the 1997 Canadian cult classic on March 17.

Directed by Yasuhiko Shimizu (“Pension: Love Is Pink”), Cube, which generated $2.5 million theatrically last year in Japan, follows a group of strangers who find themselves trapped in a sadistic maze without remembering how they got there. After waking up drugged and disoriented, the prisoners, who seemingly have nothing in common, find themselves in a mysterious room inscribed with an unfamiliar code. Looking for ways to escape, they discover the room is riddled with lethal traps. As fear and distrust swirl around them, the group must work together to survive.

The 1997 original movie, directed by Vincenzo Natali, produced 2002 and 2004 sequels Cube²: Hypercube ($3.5 million) and Cube Zero (2004). The Japanese remake stars Masaki Suda (“Ah, Koya”), Anne Watanabe (“Murder on the Orient Express”), Masaki Okada (Drive My Car), Takumi Saitoh (Life in a Box) and Kôtarô Yoshida (Doctor X). The film was Produced by Satoko Ishida and Akiko Funatsu with Shigeaki Yoshida also attached as executive producer.

“Vincenzo Natali’s Cube is a modern cult classic that broke new ground with its unique production design and groundbreaking storytelling,” Brad Miska, managing director of Bloody Disgusting/Cinedigm, said in a statement. “This new Japanese experience honors the original and delivers the goods horror fans expect to see.”

The deal was negotiated by Brandon Hill, director of acquisitions, on behalf of Cinedigm and Meri Koyama, head of sales, on behalf of Shochiku Co. LTD.

‘Chucky’ Documentary Headed to Screambox, Digital Retailers and Blu-ray Disc

Cinedigm, in partnership with Bloody Disgusting, will premiere the horror documentary Living With Chucky on its horror streaming service Screambox and on all major digital platforms on April 4 in the United States and Canada.

Two weeks later, on April 18, the documentary on the iconic “Child’s Play” franchise will be released as a collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc. The release will include exclusive artwork by Creepy Duck, a director’s commentary, and the featurettes “Candid Conversations,” “Favorite Death Scenes” and “Strange Families.”

Living with Chucky takes an in-depth look at the franchise from the perspective of a filmmaker who grew up within it. The film features interviews with cast and crew such as Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, creator Don Mancini and more. 

Storming into pop culture in the late 1980s, the three-foot killer known as Chucky proved that Child’s Play was anything but. The horror film went on to spawn six sequels, a television series, a reboot, comic books, a video game and merchandise. 

Written and directed by Kyra Elise Gardner, daughter of legendary special effects artist Tony Gardner, Living With Chucky looks back at the franchise by those there from the beginning. The documentary details the history of the “Child’s Play” films by the cast and crew, in addition to Gardner’s own relationship with the series and the impact it had on her family. Gardner seeks out other families involved with the “Child’s Play” films as they recount their experiences working on the franchise and what it means to be a part of the “Chucky” family.  

“With a dad in special effects makeup, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra at a young age,” according to Cinedigm press release. “Combat nursing was her first goal, but she soon discovered that real blood is way grosser than the fake stuff. She’s been pursuing a career in directing since attending Florida State’s film program and plans on creating quirky fantastical films from the lore of her unconventional childhood.”

Cinedigm Re-Launches Horror Streaming Site Screambox

Cinedigm Oct. 14 announced it has re-launched the subscription-based streaming service Screambox, featuring a new look and branding. As part of the relaunch, the distributor has migrated the channel from the former Vimeo platform to Cinedigm’s proprietary Matchpoint Blueprint framework.

Cindedigm says the movie will enable it to expand the channel’s catalog of film and episodic titles more quickly and efficiently, providing the opportunity to significantly scale programming. In addition, the updated app will give horror enthusiasts the ability to stream both linear and live events. This much broader selection of content from the Company’s catalog of horror titles will allow viewers to stream and scream to their heart’s content.

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“The acquisition of Screambox allows us to leverage our proprietary technology to better manage and operate the channel at scale,” Tony Huidor, chief technology and product officer, said in a statement. “With the addition of Screambox to our channel portfolio along with our growing investments in the horror genre, we have an opportunity to reach a loyal fanbase of horror fans and solidify our position as a leader in the horror genre within the OTT space.”

The re-launch comes on the heels of Cinedigm’s recent acquisition of Bloody Disgusting, a name that has become synonymous with the horror genre itself covering film, television and more. As part of the acquisition, the Bloody Disgusting management team will oversee the Screambox subscription-based service going forward. This includes leaning into their long-standing reputation as tastemakers in the genre to curate content within the streaming channel. As an additional added value, the ad-supported Bloody Disgusting TV channel will also be featured within the new Screambox.

The Bloody Disgusting reaches more than 30 million unique horror fans annually across its website, podcast network, app and various social footprints.

Cinedigm also continues to acquire new original content to bolster the channel’s catalog of exclusives and digital premieres. Knifecorp, starring horror icon Kane Hodder, slashed its way into homes this past September as a Screambox exclusive. The eight-part original series “The Island” will transport audiences to a disease-ridden island off the coast of Europe this October. Cinedigm also recently acquired Brain Freeze, the zom-com favorite that opened this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Its premiere on Aug. 13 made it one of the channel’s most-watched films.

Cinedigm Acquires Series ‘The Island’ for Screambox SVOD Service

Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to the coming-of-age, pandemic thriller series “The Island” from ZDF Enterprises.

The series is slated to premiere on Cinedigm’s recent digital network acquisition Screambox, a SVOD service for horror movies and TV series.

The eight-part series centers on a remote island in the North Sea that falls victim to a merciless and mysterious virus. As authorities rush to contain the disease, a fever of madness sweeps across the island.

The limited series was released in Germany last Summer. Cinedigm plans to premiere the series this July exclusively on Screambox, with two episodes releasing each week. The episodes will be offered in its original language with English subtitles and English dubbed.

“We are thrilled to bring ‘The Island’ to audiences this summer,” Yolanda Macias, chief content officer at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “The acquisition of Screambox gives us the opportunity to pursue titles within this incredibly popular and diverse genre to an underserved audience. Horror has a history of originality and we are eager to seek out titles like ‘The Island’ and provide a subtitled and dubbed experience to horror and thrill-seeking super fans.”

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“In ‘The Island,’ a coming-of-age-drama and post-apocalyptic disaster thriller merge into a modern epic. In a radical, uncompromising manner, the series raises the question of what happens to us modern people when the thin varnish of our civilization collapses. It has all the hallmarks of a top-quality thriller,” Robert Franke, VP, ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises, said in a statement.

The series is directed by Christian Alvart, who also wrote and directed the Netflix series “Dogs of Berlin,” and Adolfo J. Kolmerer.

Cinedigm Acquires Horror Streaming Service Screambox

Cinedigm Corp. has acquired Screambox, an enthusiast streaming service targeting the horror genre.

Called “The Perfect Horror Streaming Alternative to Netflix” by Tech Times and named one of the best Streaming Services for 2021 by PC Mag, according to a Cinedigm release, Screambox features a mix of content for casual and die-hard horror fans.

The service, which launched in 2015, is available across the web, mobile devices, Connected TVs, and as an Amazon Prime Channel, among other outlets.

Cinedigm will leverage its horror and thriller content library, app technology, and Matchpoint distribution platform to expand Screambox’s content offering, according to the release. The company will relaunch the service’s apps and expand distribution to Cinedigm’s more than 900 million global connected device footprint. Cinedigm also plans to expand the distribution of Screambox to its base of third-party subscription channel partners, including Roku, Comcast, Sling TV, Dish Network and others.

“The company anticipates the service could reach seven figure subscriber levels within the first 36 months after the acquisition is completed, with a focus on rapid global expansion and distribution,” according to the press release.

Cinedigm will continue to offer Screambox on a subscription basis alongside Bloody Disgusting TV, an ad-based horror service operated in partnership with Bloody Disgusting, the largest horror website with more than 20 million monthly visitors. The company will also bundle subscription offers with its fandom subscription service, CONtv, for one price and will draw from a pool of more than 4,000 relevant film titles in its library, including thousands of newly obtained classic, cult and foreign horror titles from streaming service The Film Detective, which it acquired in December 2020.

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Cinedigm plans to more than double the available content on Screambox over the next 90 days, according to the press release.

Larry Baird, Screambox chief operating officer, will remain on board to oversee the transition.

The acquisition of Screambox follows Cinedigm’s recent acquisition of Fandor, an independent film subscription streaming service, and The Film Detective, focused on classic film and television programming.

“The acquisition of Screambox is another huge streaming opportunity for Cinedigm,” Chris McGurk, Cinedigm chairman, said in a statement. “Having just acquired Fandor, which The Wall Street Journal called ‘the Netflix of independent film,’ we see that same kind of potential for Screambox in the huge, underserved horror category where millions of enthusiasts around the world are looking for a widely-distributed streaming channel with a huge volume of premium horror content. Dan March, Screambox Founder, and his team did a fantastic job in laying the groundwork for all that, and we intend to deliver on his vision.”

“Despite more than 145,000 horror films listed in The Internet Movie Database, less than 5% of the genre is currently available for fans to enjoy in a subscription environment,” Erick Opeka, chief strategy officer of Cinedigm, said in a statement. “We plan to immediately expand that opportunity by building on top of the great foundation Screambox provides into a massive, global library of the world’s best classic, contemporary and foreign horror content — that will create a seven-figure subscriber opportunity in success.”