Shudder is killing the horror game, releasing a series of successful Shudder original films and providing the horror community with a library of movies to dive into. Now, they have a scripted podcast called Video Palace.
Video Palace is a 10-part scripted podcast created by Michael Monello (producer of The Blair Witch Project) and Nick Braccia. It follows a couple investigating the origins of a mysterious VHS tape and the video store where it supposedly comes from. Video collector Mike Cambria has started talking in a strange language in his sleep after receiving a mysterious tape. He and his girlfriend, Tamra, decide they want to find out what this tape is all about. Unsurprisingly, what they find is horrifying.
Video Palace stars Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End) and Devin Sidell (31) along with Bonita Freidericy (Preacher), Larry Cedar (Twilight Zone: The Movie), Leon Russom (A Quiet Place) and Justin Welborn (Beyond the Gates).
Video Palace is written/directed by Ben Rock and written by Bob DeRosa. It is produced by Liam Finn (The Revenant, Midnight Movie) with executive producers Michael Monello and Nick Braccia.
In a press release, Monello and Braccia said:
“We are thrilled Shudder chose Video Palace as its first original scripted podcast because Shudder’s audience is filled with people like us: passionate fans who are fascinated by the obscure, the rare, and the weird. And ultimately, Video Palace is a story about the perils (psychological and physical!) of our own obsessive minds and the subcultures in which we dwell. We hope you enjoy it.”
The first episode is full of interviews with actual horror filmmakers about the mythical ‘white tapes.’ Video Palace follows the format of any true crime podcast, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. It is fascinating and has piqued my curiosity. Shudder really knows horror content.
The first episode of Video Palace has hit all podcast streaming services, with subsequent weekly releases. Shudder members can also get 5 extended interview scenes. Have you listened yet? What do you think? Do you like scripted horror podcasts? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!