Shudder Review

9

Great

Price 9 out of 10

Interface 7.5 out of 10

Compatibility 9.2 out of 10

New Shows 8 out of 10

Shudder is a streaming service which provides a range of movies and TV series based around the horror and thriller genres. Each title is hand-picked by experts and provided to users without commercials. On top of classic spine-tingling titles, a selection of top series and some podcasts, there is also Shudder TV – a pre-programmed feed which offers content on a 24/7 basis. Shudder started out as a beta test in the summer of 2015, and has since grown into a service which provides exclusive cuts of the most popular horror films – in other words, Shudder is your one-stop shop for scary movies if you’re a fan of this genre. 

Over the past few years, Shudder has made a solid effort to continue rolling out exclusive content for its customers. For example, July 2018 saw Shudder host a 24 hour live event with horror host Joe Bob Briggs. This event allowed fans to watch a carefully selected mix of horror movies with his commentary alongside them. Furthermore, Shudder invites influencers in the industry, such as film-makers and horror icons, to create their own curated watch lists. There are a range of devices which will work with Shudder, as the app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Roku, Xbox One, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

Features

  • Watch the latest and most exclusive horror content
  • Enjoy a range of content, from TV series to podcasts
  • 24/7 streaming channel available
  • 7 day free trial for new customers
  • Ability to request new titles
  • Comprehensive support center
  • View the content library without being signed in
  • Pause a stream part-way through and switch devices

Content available on Shudder

It’s easy to view the range of content available with Shudder. By navigating to the homepage, you will be able to view Collections, Movies, Series, Shudder TV and My List if you are logged in to your account. The Collections range highlights a mix of titles under a particular topic, while Series can include both TV and podcasts. The movies library is the most comprehensive, with titles under the categories Supernatural, Killers, Creature Features, Psychological Thriller, Exclusive & Original, Paranormal, Documentary, Comedy, Crime & Mystery, Revenge, Sci-fi, Cult and Shorts. These are some of the top films across a range of genres:

Supernatural

Here Comes The Devil – When a couple retrieves their children after losing them near some caves in Tijuana, Mexico, it soon becomes clear that something terrifying has happened to them.

Hagazussa – Set in the 15th century, this movie chronicles the journey of a young goatherd living in a hut in the mountains, who feels a dark presence in the woods.

Ghost Story – A recently deceased man returns home to comfort his wife, but discovers he has become unstuck in time due to his spectral state.

The Exorcist – A mother becomes worried when her daughter, Regan, starts behaving oddly – levitating and speaking in tongues.

The Haunted –  A pair of parapsychologists, who are also a married couple, help another couple fight demons in their home.

Psychological Thriller

Ravenous – A remote Army outpost investigates reports of missing people at Fort Spencer, and discovers a man who tells of a murderous US Colonel gone rogue.

Fear – Nicole falls in love with David, despite the wide age gap between them. David wins over her family, but is soon shown to be a violent sociopath who sees Nicole as his possession. 

The Other – Grandmother Ada teaches twin boy Niles how to project himself into other people and animals, but a series of deadly tragedies starts to strike their family and friends.

Most Beautiful Island – Chronicles the experiences of a struggling immigrant attempting to build a new life in New York City. She is offered an opportunity which morphs into a dangerous game.

Blue My Mind – 15 year old Mia begins to go through an overwhelming transformation and is forced to accept that she can’t fight the forces of nature.

Paranormal

Dead Birds – A soldier goes AWOL and hooks up with a gang, which holes up in an abandoned house for the night; they soon discover it is haunted.

Caught – When a teenager embarks on an affair with a married man and his wife discovers the deception, the girl is left fighting for her life.

Pulse – A psychology student starts receiving unsettling emails and video messages after her boyfriend commits suicide.

Storage 24 – A group of friends are sorting through their belongings in a storage area, completely unaware that a predator is stalking them.

The Banishing – A girl tries to save her little sister from being haunted by a spirit by attempting to perform a complicated banishing spell.

Cult 

Phantom of the Paradise – A record producer steals a songwriter’s music, but is caught and put in prison. He then tries again, but an accident crushes his face and he dons a mask to become the Phantom, with a mission of destroying the songwriter.

Deadbeat at Dawn – Based on street culture, this low budget film depicts the leader of a street gang setting out to get revenge against a rival street gang.

Ichi The Killer – When his boss is taken by a mysterious assassin, a bloodthirsty man ignites a series of violent retaliations.

Liquid Sky – An alien invades the punk subculture in New York, searching for an opiate released in the brain during orgasm.

The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films Part Two – A collection of 15 films from the identical twins, who use puppetry and stop-motion animation to tell their tales.

Collections

When it comes to collections, you can browse titles under the following lists:

Shudder Essentials – The Exorcist, The Other, Deep Red, The Old Dark House, Re-Animator, Hellraiser

Horror Noire – Ganja and Hess, The Alchemist Cookbook, Kuso, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Only On Shudder – Boar, The Nightshifter, Lizzie, Beast, The Crucifixion, A Discovery of Witches, Cold Skin

TV series and podcasts

There are plenty of TV series and podcasts to browse on Shudder. Here are our top picks:

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man – A troubled London cop experiences a change in fortune after being given a lucky bracelet.

She Kills – After her husband is murdered by a violent gang, Sadie discovers she has developed an unusual power.

The Narrow Caves – The first Audiostate, a combination of Hollywood films and intimate audio.

Black Lake – A group of friends visit an abandoned ski resort in remote Sweden and experience a disturbing chain of events.

The Last Drive-In: Joe Bob’s Dinners of Death – A selection of ‘deadly dinner’ films chosen by the top movie critic.

Site navigation

When navigating the site, you’ll find it easy to explore the types of horror content you want to binge on. As is the case with most streaming services, category prompts include Binge this, Last chance to watch, genres such as Psychological thrillers and Supernatural, Newly added and Essentials. Topically curated categories are also added; for example, during Women’s History Month, you may find topics such as Women in Horror and Vengeance is Hers. 

Member reviews are welcomed, and you can use these to guide your consumption of new content. There is the option to watch classic films such as Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, plus deep cuts, exclusives from Shudder and the newest titles.

Pricing, trials and subscriptions

You can get started with Shudder as a new customer by making the most of a 7 day free trial. This way, you’ll be able to try out the movies, TV series, podcasts and Shudder channel without the commitment of paying anything. If you decide the service isn’t for you, it’s then possible to cancel the trial before the expiry date and not pay anything. If you want to continue with the service, you can pay for an annual membership of $4.75 a month, which is billed at $56.99 a year after the trial period, or you can pay a monthly rate of $5.99 a month once your 7 days are up.

Summary

Shudder is clearly a pioneer in its genre when it comes to providing streaming services for horror fans. Whether you want to watch some cult classics, explore new titles, watch the latest releases or explore TV series and podcasts, this is available for a competitive price which can be combined with other niche genre packages to create your own bespoke set of streaming services to rival the giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime TV. If you want to watch the highest quality horror content, Shudder is a top destination to do so.

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