Spooky Season Begins with Shudder on DVD

In Features by Samuel Love

As we quickly approach the night of fright itself, Acorn Media International have added two new Shudder titles to their ever-growing catalogue for an unforgettable double-bill this Halloween. Acorn’s releases offer a chance for those without Shudder memberships to enjoy the genuine genre gems on the chilling service, with horrors from the supernatural to the real. Whatever your poison, Shudder has something for all fans looking for a good spook this October – and Acorn’s latest two releases offer two eerie tales of witches and demons…


16-year-old Izzy lives in isolation with her mother in the quietly eerie mountains of New York State. Cut off from the outside world, Izzy is home-schooled and prohibited from leaving the house because she suffers with a rare auto-immune disease which prohibits her from being around other people. Or so she’s been told… 

After befriending Amber (sister Lulu Adams), Izzy questions the reality of her disease. And, when she eats a live worm as part of a teenage game, she develops an insatiable hunger for living things. The first taste of blood awakens Izzy’s powers, and she soon learns that she and her mother are the latest in a line of Hellbenders, a hybrid of witches, demons, and predatory animals. While Izzy’s mother is convinced that she has her powers under control, when Izzy learns of her new abilities, a dark and dangerous mother-daughter power struggle collides with a battle of bloodlust.

HELLBENDER is available on DVD and Digital from Acorn Media International now

The Last Thing Mary Saw

Southold, New York, 1843: Young Mary, blood trickling from behind the blindfold tied around her eyes, is interrogated about the events surrounding her grandmother’s death.

Mary, who hides a romantic relationship with the house maid, was raised in a repressively religious household. Her family, who believe they are acting on God’s behalf, view the girls’ relationship as an abomination, to be dealt with as severely as possible. The couple attempts to carry on in secret, but someone is always watching, and the threat to pay for their sins builds. But after the arrival of an enigmatic stranger, the tension increases, and it becomes clear that great and evil forces are at work.

THE LAST THING MARY SAW is available on DVD and Digital from Acorn Media International on 19 Sept 2022

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