Horror has enjoyed somewhat of a Renaissance in recent years. Not only have some films (like Jordan Peele’s Get Out) earned attention from the Oscars, but low-budget films from new directors are generating huge amounts of money. If you love getting scared and can’t get enough of the genre, you have to check out Shudder, a streaming service dedicated to horror, supernatural thrillers, and sci-fi.
AMC started Shudder in 2015 with an invite-only beta test. The next year, it had worked out the kinks and released to all of the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It’s now available by subscription on Amazon video and mobile devices like iPhone, Roku, and Apple TV.
Shudder isn’t the only subscription service dedicated to horror, but it’s definitely the best. It offers exclusive content like “Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories,” a series of films based on short tales from the master storyteller, and shows from Europe. The future holds exciting new projects like a reboot of Creepshow from Greg Nicotero of “The Walking Dead” makeup-and-directing fame. Shudder also produced Revenge, a violent thriller with a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a look at what else is in their library:
- Resident Evil
- The Faculty
- “Channel Zero”
- Flowers in the Attic
- The Changeling (1980)
Shudder also recently acquired the streaming rights to the TV show, “A Discovery of Witches,” starring Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”), which centers on a professor who realizes she’s a witch, and that she’s not alone.
If you aren’t sure you want to commit to another streaming service, you can get a free 7-day trial. If you’re ready to dive in, an annual plan costs $3.99 a month, or you can pay monthly for $4.99. That’s way less than Netflix’s plan, which recently raised its prices, so if you find yourself only watching horror or sci-fi, Shudder is a way better deal.