Shudder has become the goto streaming service for horror lovers, with the platform serving up a steaming hot plate of horror classics, B-movies, and international gems. And their menu is about the expand as they’ve just acquired the streaming rights for Japanese zombie hit, One Cut of the Dead.
Shudder’s Emily Gotto said of the film, “One Cut of the Dead is pure joy, especially in its final act as all the pieces click into place and the film soars. It’s exactly the kind of film Shudder members love to discover.”
And she isn’t wrong. Director Shinichirou Ueda zombie film is delightful and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. But it’s only been touring the festival circuit and had a brief unauthorized stint on Amazon Prime. It’s a refreshing take on the genre that Shudder is finally bringing the wider audience it deserves.
Here is One Cut of the Dead’s official synopsis:
One Cut Of The Dead opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film. Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of where military experiments took place. Out of nowhere, real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew! This may sound like a the plot of a clichéd zombie film, but One Cut of the Dead is something completely different! Starting off with a non-stop one-take 37 minute shot, the film then completely switches direction and turns the zombie genre completely upside down into a charming, audience-friendly comedy!
One Cut of the Dead premiered at the Yubari Festival in northern Japan last year and was made on a budget of only $27,000. But by the end of December, the film made $26.3 million. There’s even an English remake already in the works (which is rather unnecessary in my opinion).
There’s no set date yet for when One Cut of the Dead will hit the streaming platform, but we’ll be sure to update you as we hear news. Have you been able to see the film? Are you excited it’s coming to Shudder? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!