Original Productions

But what we really want to do is direct.

Cliché? Guilty. But it was only a matter of time before we realized we could leverage our knowledge and skill as a successful distributor of popular content into producing it. And so the Original Productions arm of Shout! Studios was born, focused on developing or acquiring IP, putting together the financing and working with talented partners to realize a marketable product. We’re currently developing projects in a variety of formats—short, long, scripted, unscripted—and genres. So these days we’re doing a lot of brainstorming, reading, arguing and fine-tuning. You know, development.  

Stay tuned to this channel for updates and additions to our burgeoning slate of original productions.


Mystery Science Theater 3000 (2022)

We’ve got movie sign … again! The critically acclaimed television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has returned for a brand-new season of movie riffing on films like Santo in the Treasure of Dracula, Munchie, and The Batwoman.

The Mads – Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day), loyal henchman Max (Patton Oswalt), and grandmother Pearl Forrester (Mary Jo Pehl) – introduce the show’s biggest, maddest experiment yet! For the first time, three humans are subjected to the bittersweet agony of watching the world's cheesiest movies, as returning test subject Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) shares hosting duties with the newest kidnapped Gizmonic technician, Emily Connor (Emily Marsh) and original host Joel Robinson (show creator Joel Hodgson). Accompanied by wisecracking robot pals Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount / Kelsey Ann Brady), Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn / Conor McGiffin) and GPC (Rebecca Hanson / Yvonne Freese), our heroes have to survive 13 new movies, 12 new shorts, and the unveiling of Kinga’s newest scheme for world domination: the GIZMOPLEX, the First Cineplex on the Moon.

Join the Gizmoplex for streaming access to every available classic episode and exclusive access to the new thirteenth season!


Old Henry (2021)

To paraphrase one of the great Westerns, when the legend becomes fact, make a movie about the legend. Our first original feature in several years was long in the making but worth the wait. We partnered on the film with our friends at the Nashville-based Hideout Pictures and were fortunate work with talented writer/director Potsy Ponciroli, who crafted an action-packed elegy – mythic, lean and ferocious.

Starring Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Stephen Dorff (True Detective), Scott Haze (Minari and the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion), Trace Adkins (The Outsider) and Gavin Lewis (Little Fires Everywhere), Old Henry tells the story about a widowed farmer and his son who warily take in a mysterious, injured man with a satchel full of cash. When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide who to trust. Defending a siege of his homestead, the farmer reveals a surprising talent for gunslinging that brings his true identity into question.

Old Henry had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September, followed by commercial releases around the world.  


Slumber Party Massacre (2021)

Just when you thought it was safe to have a slumber party in a remote cabin in the woods with a serial killer on the loose again...

Hannah Gonera (Spell), Alex McGregor (Blood Drive), Frances Sholto-Douglas (The Kissing Booth) and Jane de Wet (Trackers) star in this terrifying thriller that gives new life – and death – to our contemporary reimagining of the classic ‘80s horror franchise.  A slumber party turns into a bloodbath when a power drill-wielding psychopath disrupts the fun. Directed by Danishka Esterhazy (Vagrant Queen, The Banana Splits Movie) from a screenplay by Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs Evil Dead, Leprechaun Returns), Slumber Party Massacre was produced in partnership with Blue Ice Pictures and will have its world premiere on Syfy in October. 



Let's Talk Toku (2020)

Let’s Talk Toku is an original talk show/video/podcast for anyone with an interest – big or small – in tokusatsu. Learn more about its influence from inception and the many ways it continues to resonate today. Hosted by Squall Charlson, Let’s Talk Toku features guest hosts from all walks of toku, including behind-the-scenes players and actors on the screen. Past guests include Jason Narvy, Karan Ashley, Koichi Sakamoto, Melissa Flores, Jason Bischoff and Team Kamen Rider.

Through its 25 episodes (and counting), Let’s Talk Toku gives viewers an inside look into the masked superheroes, kaiju, cyborgs, aliens, villains and, of course, the toys. Originally airing on Shout! Factory’s TokuSHOUTsu channel on Pluto TV, Let’s Talk Toku is produced by Shout! Factory TV and Tokusatsu Clubhouse.

Memory Hole (2020)

Memory Hole is a smart, biting, and hilarious ride exploring the archives of the most cringe-worthy events in pop culture. The first season aims its laser-focused comedy on Canada. Hosted by one of Canada's esteemed exports, Will Arnett takes viewers on a comedic journey skewering a myriad of topics most of us forgot or never even knew existed. Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Memory Hole is here to help.

The seven episode series, created by Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj writer, Scott Vrooman streams exclusively on Quibi and features guest appearances by Jason Bateman, Patton Oswalt and Game of Thrones' John Bradley. Memory Hole is produced by Shout! Studios, Will Arnett's Electric Avenue and Scott Vrooman's Do Things! Inc in association with Quibi.



Cult-Tastic: Tales From The Trenches With Roger And Julie Corman (2020)

Roger and Julie Corman have been the power couple of independent genre films for decades, and their prodigious body of work continues to find new fans every day. Roger, in particular, has been recognized as one of the most successful and influential producers in modern film history. Always working with modest budgets, he had to find creative ways to solve problems on the set or realize the vision of the director. In other words, he’s got stories.

Loaded with memorable clips, Cult-Tastic is an intimate and entertaining master class in the history of his and Julie’s celebrated filmography as told by the masters themselves. Discussed films span all genres, including horror (Piranha, Slumber Party Massacre) sci-fi (StarCrash, Galaxy Of Terror), action (Pit Stop, Eat My Dust!), comedy (Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, Hollywood Boulevard), drama (Suburbia, Nashville Girl), and fantasy-adventure (Deathstalker, Wizards Of The Lost Kingdom).


Hell Den (2019)

Our first original animated series, Hell Den, was born of an idea to repurpose vintage public domain cartoons.  Years ago we picked up a crazy, funny vampire movie called Bloodsucking Bastards, which was made by a seriously warped improv troupe known as “Dr. God.”  We handed our crude concept to Dr. God, and they made it even cruder in the best possible way.  They conceived, wrote, directed and produced Hell Den, a rabbit hole of deranged, re-dubbed cartoons playing for the enjoyment of humanity’s lone survivor and his friends / potential executioners.  Take a shot of Robot Chicken, add a splash of Beavis and Butthead, and finish it off with a healthy pour of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you’ve got Hell Den. Then we found equally demented partners in Drink TV, the go-to streaming destination for drinks-themed content. You can find Hell Den exclusively on Drink TV, which is available at DrinkTV.com and on their branded channel on Roku, AppleTV, iOS and Android devices.

The six episode-series takes place after an Uber-Apocalypse wipes out civilization where one kid miraculously survives: 12 year-old Andrew. His house still has electricity, a working television, a VCR, and his deceased parents’ fully stocked bar, which draws a few curious apocalypse-creators to his door. There’s Kenneth, the moody Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse; BET-C, a sympathetic but volatile mutant cyborg; Fleek, a sleazy alcoholic alien; and Giantic, a ponderous giant. Together, they break into the liquor cabinet and join Andrew to watch twisted cartoons… because destroying the world is hard work.

Hell Den Season 1’s notable guest stars include: Derek Mears (Swamp Thing / Friday The 13th), Brett Davern (Awkward. / The Brett Davern Show), Mo Collins (Fear The Walking Dead / F is for Family), and Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant Mother / The Social Network). In April 2020, SyFy announced that it had ordered six new 15-minute episodes for its TZGZ animation block. So head over to Drink TV and enjoy the end of the world.


Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet (2018)

This season, Kinga subjects Jonah and the bots to a devious new experiment: a back-to-back marathon of six hilariously cheesy -- and riffworthy -- films.


Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017)

Having distributed this classic comedy series for years and coming to know its passionate fan base, we bought the show with the intention of rebooting it. And reboot it we did, financing a 14 episode season via a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. We produced the series with Abominable Pictures (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Children’s Hospital) and the series creator Joel Hodgson’s Alternaversal, bringing Joel’s unique vision to fruition. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return landed on Netflix in April of 2017 to great acclaim from both fans and citics, with Season One earning a Certified 100% Fresh critic's rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In November of 2017, it was announced that Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return has been renewed for a second season, with new episodes arriving "in the not-too-distant future."


Fender Bender (2016)

Our first born, a slasher film with a distinctly 80s vibe. We found a script from talented writer-director Mark Pavia, who was plucked out of film school in the 90s by no less than Stephen King to direct the feature film Stephen King’s The Night Flier. Fully financed by Shout and produced by Echowolf Productions (The Rambler, Don’t Blink), Fender Bender landed on The Chiller Network (RIP) domestically, and Universal picked up international rights.