This streaming service is frighteningly awesome for the horror fans
Do you love being frightened by a good horror movie? Craving a psychological thriller or want to enjoy a cult classic? Then you’re going to love Shudder.
It’s an on-demand streaming service for fans of the horror, thriller, and suspense genres. You’ll get TV shows, movies, podcasts, and a live TV stream with Shudder.
First, we’re going to go over the pricing (which is not bad at all). Then, we’re going to talk about the interface, along with one of Shudder's features we really like and wish all on-demand streaming services had.
Then we’ll talk about all of the scary content you can get with Shudder and explain why this is absolutely worth it for horror fans.
How much does Shudder cost?
Date effective 7/20/2023.
Shudder is $6 per month, so you really could just order it for the month of October. Or, if you’re a spooky-all-year-round kind of fan, you can get the annual subscription for $57 and save $15 per year.
You can watch Shudder on its own streaming app. Or if you have an Amazon Prime Video, Roku Channel, Hulu + Live TV, or YouTube TV account, you can subscribe to Shudder through that. Then you won’t have to worry about another app taking more of your storage space on your smartphone or smart TV.
What’s Shudder’s user interface like?
When we first opened up Shudder for the first time, we thought it was Netflix. It has the same colors, same layout, similar tabs, and it gives you the option to add a movie to your list, just like Netflix.
We like it. Shudder uses the perfect colors for its brand, and they’ve created a familiar interface.
But we want to highlight a feature that Shudder has and that we wish all on-demand streaming services had: watcher ratings and reviews.
You can give movies and TV shows a 5-skull rating, and you can also write an honest review. We don’t know about you guys, but we have a hard time finding a movie we want to watch on Netflix or Hulu that we know isn’t going to waste our time. This is where reading the member reviews come in handy. Especially when most of the content is pretty obscure and might have fewer reviews elsewhere.
Shudder also has a thing called Shudder TV, which is like a cable TV channel for horror movies. It’s a 24/7 live stream of killer content if you can’t figure out what you want to watch. It’s handy if you want the experts at Shudder to curate some horror for you to watch. And speaking of what you can watch, let’s talk about the content.
What content can you find on Shudder?
Shudder’s TV shows are pretty light compared to its movies. There are shows like Eli Roth's History of Horror and A Discovery of Witches. And you'll even find special preview episodes from the AMC network like The Walking Dead: Dead City, and Dark Winds. But if you click Series at the top, you’ll find about 46 different horror TV shows and podcasts.
As for movies, Shudder has all kinds of subgenres. Who knew there were so many subgenres within the horror genre? Well … you did, you lover of gore.
You can search Shudder's library within genres like Supernatural, Killers, Psychological Thrillers, and Creature Features. I counted more than 445 movies that you can choose from to watch on Halloween night. Or on a random day in the summer, if that’s your kind of thing.
You can even search through Shudder's subgenre collections, with a ton of titles under more obscure horror subgenres like folk horror, queer horror, horror noire, and neo-slasher.
But you have to keep in mind, if you’re an average scary movie fan, and you’re looking for popular horror titles like Saw, Blair Witch Project, The Conjuring, or Get Out, you won’t find it here.
Instead, you’ll find some darker, older, and deeper-cut types of movies that you may never have heard of before. And for you dedicated horror fans, you’ll have a lot of new content to keep you entertained that you can’t find with another streaming service.
Like Hulu or Netflix, Shudder has its own Original TV series, like the Shudder original show Scare Me, which is a horror-comedy about two strangers telling each other scary stories. Or the show Host, about six girls who conduct an online séance through Zoom and accidentally invite a demonic presence. And not to mention Shudder's platter of Joe Bob Briggs content, including The Last Drive-In, where you'll get horror film insights from Mr. Joe Bob Briggs himself.
So, is Shudder TV worth it?
Yes, Shudder is definitely worth it, especially if you’re a huge fan of less-popular (but sometimes even scarier) horror content than what you'll find on other streaming platforms. If this is you, $57 per year is nothing to stream twisted TV shows and movies all year round.
Whether you’re a horror fan or the average viewer, the strength of Shudder is that it gets you off the beaten path. Like we said, you’re not going to find Halloween, The Ring, or It. But you will find old and new creepy, dark, and suspenseful movies and TV shows you may never have seen before.
So, throw on a movie, like The Deeper You Dig, grab some candy corn popcorn, and treat every day like it’s Halloween.