Shudder, the Netflix of Horror Films, Offers an 'Endless Stream of Screams'
Are you a fan of slashers, splatters, psychos, and zombie flicks? Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a streaming service where you could binge on horror movies to your heart's content? Well, you might want to take a look at Shudder.
AMC Networks' all-horror streaming service, Shudder, is essentially a Netflix exclusively for horror titles. It offers hundreds of films from all types of horror sub-genres -- scraping the depths of cinema's earliest horror films, F. W. Murnau's gothic horror Nosferatu and Paul Wegener's The Golem, slashics like Sleepaway Camp, and one of eco-terror's great newcomers, The Host. (Personally, I cannot believe that they've got Demons 2. Demon's 2!!!)
Currently in beta, Shudder gives users several search options to find what they're looking for, including a search bar, browse, and categories. They also offer a pre-programed feed called Shudder.tv that streams titles non-stop. The beta version used to only offer their services on a web browser, but they're now accessible on mobile iOS and Android devices, as well as on the Roku.
Casual horror fans may not be all that interested in a platform that only streams the scary stuff, but if you're a huge horror fanatic like me, a service like this is something we've wanted for a long time. Shudder's library is admittedly kind of limited, especially when it comes to new films -- most of their collection is made up of b-movies and classics from the 80s, as well as a few horror docs, including the infamous Faces of Death -- but as their library grows to include more new titles, cult classics, and iconic films from the most popular sub-genres, users might be able to enjoy hours and hours of trying to decide on something to watch (unsuccessfully), binging instead of being a responsible adult, and proposing a passionate night of Shudder and Chill. (I'll stop with the Netflix jokes.)
A Shudder membership will cost you $5/month, but you can save 20% by paying for a full year. Head on over to Shudder and take a look.