Shudder, AMC Network’s premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural is today (21st July) set to premiere the Award-winning documentary, This is GWARThe film gives rare insight into the 30-plus year career of one of the world’s most outrageous heavy metal bands, GWAR, known for their grotesque costumed characters and notoriously wild, fluid-soaked stage shows. The picture, which world premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, and won the 2021 Audience Award at NIGHTSTREAM, is now available exclusively on Shudder in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

This is GWAR is the powerful story of the iconic heavy metal art collective, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years. The feature documentary includes interviews with the band members, both past and present, and other artists, including Weird Al Yankovic, Thomas Lennon, Alex Winter, Bam Margera, and Ethan Embry, including never seen footage of legendary GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus).

GWAR inform: “GWAR is founded on horror, humor, and heavy metal. Of course, we love Shudder! It’s our favorite. Every movie is like a home movie for us. Are you kidding me?? Monsters, demons, the undead, dinosaurs? Those are our people! GWAR and Shudder. Two terrifying tastes that taste terrifying together.”

“For more than three decades, GWAR has set the standard for heavy metal horror with larger-than-life personas and gore-filled stage shows that were unlike anything anyone had ever seen,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “But even their most ardent fans have never seen them like this, as the band and director Scott Barber reveal in moving detail the literal blood, sweat and tears that have made GWAR the true legends they are today.”

This is GWAR is directed by Scott Barber (Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story), with producers Tommy Avallone (Bill Murray Stories) and Josh Goldbloom (V/H/S/94). Executive Producers include Bill Parks, Zach Blair, Matthew Helderman, and Luke Taylor.

Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, GWAR are set to cross the pond next week to kick off their ‘Black Death Rager’ European tour. In addition to a string of UK dates, the band will play the Ronnie James Dio main stage at Bloodstock Festival in Derbyshire on Friday 12th August.

The band’s new album, ‘The New Dark Ages’ is out now via Pit Records.

The Black Death Rager World Tour – EU Leg

29/7: Tilburg, NL – 013

31/7: Berlin, DE – SO 26

3/8: Essen, DE – Turock

4/8: Wacken, DE – Wacken*



8/8: Dover, UK – The Booking Hall

9/8: Brighton, UK – Chalk

10/8: Bristol, UK – Fleece

12/8: Burton On Trent, UK – Bloodstock*

13/8: Norwich, UK – Waterfront

14/8: Leeds, UK – Key Club

16/8: Glasgow, UK – Garage

17/8: Manchester, UK – Club Academy

18/8: London, UK – The Dome