‘Late Night with the Devil’ is Shudder’s Biggest Opening, Most Watched Film Ever

The must-see Halloween horror movie of the year, Late Night with the Devil continues to break records, with its recent streaming debut now officially Shudder‘s biggest opening weekend ever, and it is now the most watched film of all time on both Shudder and AMC+.

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, announced that IFC Films’ Late Night with the Devil broke records with its April 19 streaming debut, marking the streamer’s biggest opening weekend ever. The supernatural thriller, directed by Colin and Cameron Cairnes and starring David Dastmalchian, became the most watched and biggest acquisition-driving film of all time on both Shudder and AMC+, surpassing the previous record holders in their first full week — V/H/S/99 (up 85% in viewership) and When Evil Lurks (more than three times higher in acquisitions).

Late Night with the Devil follows Jack Delroy, host of a syndicated late night talk show Night Owls that has long been a trusted companion to insomniacs around the country. It’s October 31, 1977, a year after the tragic death of Jack’s wife, and ratings have plummeted. Desperate to turn his fortunes around, Jack plans a Halloween special like no other, unaware that he is about to unleash evil into the living rooms of America.

“Coming off a record-breaking theatrical run, we’re thrilled to give Late Night its streaming debut on Shudder, as we continue to bring our passionate subscribers the very best in horror, with projects that represent the depth and breadth of this genre,” said Courtney Thomasma, EVP of streaming for AMC Networks. “Working alongside our sister company IFC Films to bring this fantastic film to an even broader audience is another example of the great synergy of these two brands and how the horror genre continues to resonate and be embraced by fans.”

“We knew Late Night with the Devil was audacious, frightening and crowd-pleasing in equal measure, and we are ecstatic to see that so fully embraced by our existing and brand-new members,” said Sam Zimmerman, Shudder’s vice president of programming.  “Late Night’s success across streaming and theatrical is a win for the kind of inventive, original genre that Shudder and IFC Films aim for.  A huge congratulations to the Cairnes and the fantastic filmmaking team.”

Late Night with the Devil’s successful weekend on Shudder follows its record-breaking theatrical opening weekend on March 22, 2024, which established its title as IFC’s largest opening weekend of all time. The film debuted to rave reviews from critics and praise for David Dastmalchian’s haunting and committed performance, and is currently rated as Certified Fresh at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, where it also currently sits at #1 Best Horror Film of 2024

Late Night With The Devil is available now to stream on Shudder or you can own it on Digital here.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.