This will be a special Mother’s Day for all horror fans. Really.
Shudder, the horror-themed streamer owned by AMC Networks, will air the dark thriller Z from director Brandon Christensen on May 7, which just so happens to be Mother’s Day, according to Deadline.
The film tells the story of a young mother who struggles to deal with Z, her son’s imaginary friend. It isn’t long before she starts to think this figment of her son’s active imagination may be horrifyingly real.
Christensen handled the screenplay along with Colin Minihan, Chris Ball and Kurtis David Harder. Christensen and Minihan also wore producer hats for the project.
The cast, which boasts a wealth of horror experience, includes Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel), Sean Rugerson (Grave Encounters), Jett Klyne (The Boy), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Stephen McHattie (Pontypool).
There’s even a backstory between Shudder and the filmmaker. Shudder debuted Christensen’s previous movie, Still Born, on Mother’s Day back in 2018.
Shudder general manager Craig Engler had some great things to say about Still Born, calling it a “tense, frightening film grounded in a tragic story that Shudder members quickly embraced and turned into a hit.”
Engler added that the streamer “jumped at the chance to work with Christensen again on Z, which we are excited to debut next month.”
The director told Deadline that with Z, he has a film about “a tortured mother and father, diving into the psyche of what it’s like to have a child with a mind of his own.”
Christensen added that he “is thrilled to be teaming with Shudder and once releasing a film on Mother’s Day, when we can both celebrate and terrify mothers once again.”
Be sure to catch Z on Shudder May 7. Happy Mother’s Day!