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Shudder: How to stream horror movies and shows

If you like horror, you're going to love Shudder.

Jun 9, 2020, 6:47 am*

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Phil West

  • Shudder is a destination for horror fans who want a lovingly-curated collection of movies, shows, and original programs.
  • Shudder is $5.99 a month or $56.99 for an annual subscription, with a seven-day free trial available. It’s also available through Amazon Prime Video as a $4.99 per month add-on channel.
  • Shudder’s interface allows you to explore categories like “Queer Horror,” “Foundations of Horror,” or “Trapped,” along with more conventional categories like “Creature Features” and “Psychological Thrillers.” Shudder also carries a collection original series and exclusive series, including horror movie review shows hosted by the one-of-a-kind Joe Bob Briggs.
  • Shudder is available via its website as well as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Xbox One, as well as through iOS devices and Android mobile.

If you’re into horror movies and shows, you can mine the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu for their generally satisfying selections. Or, if you’re a real horror aficionado, you can subscribe to Shudder and have a full service devoted to the genre. Here’s a complete look at Shudder and what you can stream and scream.

 


 

How much is Shudder?

If you’re getting Shudder monthly, it’s $5.99 a month. You can get it for $4.99 a month as an Amazon Prime Video channel, but you do lose the curation that the Shudder folks bring to the table.

If you do want to save, though, and don’t want to lose the interface Shudder provides, you might consider the annual rate of $56.99 a month. It works out to about $4.75 a month for the year, though you do have to pay it all in one lump sum.

1 Month$5.99
12 Months$56.99

 

 

What’s on Shudder?

Horror, horror, and more horror! Shudder’s bread-and-butter is horror movies, including the classics you’d expect and plenty of deep cuts over a lot of different genres. Movie categories like “Supernatural,” “Killers,” “Creature Features,” and “Psychological Thrillers” let you select what kind of scare you want. There are also specially-created categories like “Queer Horror,” “A Woman’s Touch,” “Foundations of Horror,” and “Slashics” that categorize horror through lenses of identity and history.

If you want your horror with humorous narration, there’s The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, where the veteran horror movie expert presents weekly Friday night double features. He, along with co-host Darcy the Mail Girl, breaks down the number of kills and other “highlights” from an array of movies. Think of it as an MST3K for horror movie fans.

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Shudder original series

Shudder also has a number of original and exclusive series that let subscribers follow thrills and chills across several different subgenres. Those include:

  • Blood Machines, following two space hunters pursuing the ghost of a young woman who frees herself from a spaceship,
  • Wolf Creek, a thriller set in Australia, pitting an American group of travelers against a psychopath pursuing them across the outback,
  • Missions, a French series about a mission to Mars gone awry and its encounters with a mysterious Russian space traveler who came before them, and
  • The Dead Lands, a fantasy show about a dishonored warrior sent back from the Afterlife to find redemption, by determining and fighting whatever might be keeping the Dead from reaching the Afterlife.

(Clearly, these summaries hint at highly-imaginative shows, all with unique approaches to world-building.)

 


 

Shudder streaming devices

In addition to going through the website, you can use this limited number of devices. (Its site promises smart TVs and addition gaming devices are being considered as additional future options.)

Amazon Fire TVApple TVAndroid (mobile)
iOSRokuXbox One

 


 

Shudder downloads and multiple screens

Shudder will allow users to download content, but each title is only viewable for seven days from the date of the download.

Shudder doesn’t offer multiple screens; however, if you’re accessing it through Amazon Prime Video, you can view it on up to three devices per Prime Video’s rules.

 


 

Shudder vs. Netflix

Netflix does a great job of cataloging its content into a number of helpful categories, and it certainly does that with horror. Whether you want supernatural horror, thrillers, or even Bollywood takes on horror, Netflix provides those as part of its compendium of content. If you’re a horror fan, though, you’ll likely appreciate the extra mile that Shudder goes, both in the completeness of its collection and the care in its curation. But if you merely want horror here and there, there’s likely enough scary content on Netflix to scratch your itch. Netflix costs more than Shudder, of course, but brings many more movies and shows across all genres.

Shudder vs. Hulu

If you opt for Hulu with limited commercials, you’ll pay the exact same monthly rate for that service than you will for Shudder. Like Netflix, Hulu has categories to help you pick the brand of scary you want. (Or, if you want spooky but not scary, Hulu literally has a category that’s just that.) As with Netflix, there’s not the complete spectrum of horror that you’ll get with Shudder, but there’s certainly enough to engage the casual fan.

Shudder vs. HBO Max

With HBO Max, HBO’s placed itself into the same tier with Netflix and Hulu, and it’s got a number of horror titles to choose from. (However, just typing “horror” into search box will pull up the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie as one of its offerings; “Zoinks!” indeed.) If you’re looking to catch up on all of Freddy Kreuger’s and Chucky’s kills, HBO Max will serve you well—it launched with over 100 legitimate horror titles in its collection, plus many more movies, documentaries, and shows. But it’s harder to consider types and styles of horror than it is with any of the services we’ve mentioned. You’re merely left to scan titles and thumbnails and hope you land on what you want.

 


 

Is Shudder worth it?

For horror fans, Shudder might feel like an online equivalent of the specialty video store that had its heyday in the 1990s. Shudder has an immense collection of horror that covers what you’d expect, yet takes you down some dark, weird alleyways off the main thoroughfares. Its original series, in particular, are magnificently weird.

The question of whether or not to get Shudder, however, ultimately rests with how much of a staple horror is for you. If it’s essential to your entertainment diet, you’re most certainly going to want it, and at under $6 a month, it’s certainly affordable. If you only dabble in horror and you’re content to keep it that way, Netflix or Hulu have enough content to keep you sated. But if you’re looking to educate yourself on horror, or your tastes run to the unconventional, you might find Shudder entirely worth your while.

 


 

How to sign up for Shudder

Here’s how to sign up for Shudder.

  1. Go to the Shudder website and click the “Try 7 Days Free” button.
  2. Enter an email address and create a password to start your account.
  3. Select either the monthly or annual option, and then enter your payment info.
  4. Click the “Start Your Free Trial” button to activate your account.
1 Month$5.99
12 Months$56.99

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*First Published: Jun 8, 2020, 10:33 am