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This Week’s Episode of Shudder’s “The Core” Discusses ‘Kuso’ With a Real-life Freak Show

Starting today, Shudder debuts new original series “The Core”, a weekly dissection of genre filmmaking hosted by director and fierce genre fan Mickey Keating (Psychopaths, Carnage Park, Darling).

Alongside filmmakers from the world of horror, Keating examines the onscreen techniques and real-life psychologies that strike fear into our very core. The 10-episode series premiered today, with new episodes releasing every week. Here’s an exclusive look in which Keating discussing Kuso with the “Venice Beach Freak Show”.

Produced in partnership with Uproxx, each week features Keating, joined by a special guest from the genre community, including acclaimed DJ and music producer Flying Lotus AKA Steven Ellison (Kuso), esteemed actor, producer and huge self-proclaimed genre fan Elijah Wood (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), Canadian cult favourites The Soska Sisters (American Mary) and acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Shudder Original Primal Screen, Room 237).

Audiences will hear from experts, including criminologists, freak show buskers, and special makeup effects artists, who walk through the skill, technique and splatter behind the genre’s most famous practical effects. Whether it’s a discussion about how best to blow up heads, ways to build tension, or how to avoid a predictable jump scare, “The Core” breaks down the walls of a formal interview by allowing the guest to fully illustrate his or her points, occasionally in graphic detail.



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