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Shudder picks up shock-rock documentary “This is GWAR”

AMC-owned streaming service Shudder has acquired the rights to the documentary This is GWAR, about the cult shock-rock band known for its outrageous costumes and live performances. This is GWAR will chronicle ...
June 15, 2022

AMC-owned streaming service Shudder has acquired the rights to the documentary This is GWAR, about the cult shock-rock band known for its outrageous costumes and live performances.

This is GWAR will chronicle the 30-plus year career of the heavy metal art collective — which has long been notorious for its grotesque costumed characters and fluid-soaked stage shows — through interviews with members past and present, as well as other artists and GWAR appreciators including Weird Al Yankovic, Thomas Lennon, Alex Winter, Bam Margera and Ethan Embry. The film will also feature never-before-seen footage of the group’s legendary lead vocalist Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus), who fronted the band from its inception in 1984 until his death from a heroin overdose in 2014.

The documentary, which had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, will be available exclusively on Shudder in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on July 21. It’s directed by Scott Barber (Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story), and produced by Tommy Avallone and Josh Goldbloom. Executive producers are Billy Parks, Zach Blair, Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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