Shudder (streaming service)
Type of site
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|Registration||Monthly subscription through authorized distributor required to access content|
Shudder began with an invite-only beta testing in the United States the summer of 2015. By October 2016, Shudder was fully out of beta testing and had expanded to Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Shudder is available on Android and Apple mobile devices, Amazon Fire devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Chromecast as well as subscription via Amazon Video in monthly or annual subscriptions. Shudder was also available as part of the VRV combo pack from August 2017 through July 2019.
In the US, a monthly subscription currently runs at $5.99 each month, while in other countries the price is adjusted according to the local currency.
In October 2016, Aja Romano writing for Vox noted that Shudder had over 500 horror films with their closest competitor, Screambox, carrying 400. Romano said Shudder had an "impressive selection of higher-quality films." Charlie Lyne, writing for The Guardian, notes that the UK version of Shudder carried around 200 films. Channel curators Sam Zimmerman and Colin Geddes offer categories like "Urban Decay", "Slashics", and "Not Your Ordinary Bloodsucker", which break the library down to specific sub-categories. Zimmerman previously worked for Fangoria and Shock Til You Drop while Geddes was previously a film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.
In late 2016, Shudder began carving out windows of exclusivity, premiering Rob Zombie's 31 two weeks before the DVD release and exclusively carrying the 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm. In another streaming exclusive, in March 2017, Shudder began carrying the full 109-minute unrated version of The Devils. This is the first time since the film's release in 1971 that the unrated cut of the film has been available in the United States. In June 2017, Shudder announced a full slate of original series in development, including Riprore, from director Patty Jenkins, and an adaptation of Emily Schultz's novel, The Blondes. In 2018, Shudder continued to release exclusive and original films and series, including Mayhem starring Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, Downrange directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, Revenge, and the Syfy series Channel Zero and others.
In July 2018, Shudder hosted a 24-hour live event with legendary horror host Joe Bob Briggs titled The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs during which fans got to watch films such as Tourist Trap and Sleepaway Camp with Joe Bob's famous commentary included throughout. During the premiere, Shudder's servers crashed as a result of an overwhelming number of subscribers attempting to access the service's new Live Stream feature. Despite the server errors, the series received critical acclaim from critics and horror fans alike. Shortly after the marathon, Shudder announced that they were bringing Briggs back for additional events in 2018 and 2019. On July 20, Shudder announced on social media the series would be returning for a full 9-episode season. After success with season 1, a second season was confirmed on May 22, 2019.
Since January 23, 2020, Shudder has distributed The Dead Lands, a Māori–themed supernatural series set in pre-contact New Zealand, that was jointly produced by AMC and New Zealand public broadcaster TVNZ. Shudder distributes the series in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland while TVNZ On Demand has distribution rights for New Zealand.
Exclusives and Originals
- Roettgers, Janko (November 22, 2016). "Rob Zombie's Latest Horror Movie '31' Coming Only to Shudder Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Roettgers, Janko (June 9, 2015). "AMC Beta-Tests Streaming Service for Horror Fans (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Newman, Heather (October 31, 2016). "AMC's Shudder Serves Up The Streaming Horror For Halloween". Forbes. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Lyne, Charlie (October 29, 2016). "Scary movie site Shudder is resurrecting the horror of the TV schedules". The Guardian. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Miska, Brad (July 15, 2015). "Shudder: Horror Streaming Service Launches". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- @WatchVRV (11 August 2017). "We've added Shudder to the VRV Combo Pack at no extra charge!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Shudder changes on VRV". VRV. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
- "How Much Does Shudder Cost?". RLJ Entertainment. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
- "Horror streaming platform Shudder arrives in New Zealand". New Zealand Herald. 17 August 2020. Archived from the original on 11 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
- Frater, Patrick (16 August 2020). "AMC's Shudder Streaming Service Launching in Australia, New Zealand". Variety. Archived from the original on 18 August 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
- Romano, Aja (October 18, 2016). "Shudder, AMC's horror-only streaming service, beats other scary sites at their own game". Vox. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Hutchinson, Sean (August 30, 2016). "Two Horror Experts Are Leading Fans Down a Bloody Path". Inverse. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Squires, John (November 23, 2016). "Rob Zombie's '31' Landing Exclusively on Shudder in December". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Rife, Katie (March 15, 2017). "Ken Russell's widely banned The Devils makes a surprise appearance on Shudder". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- "AMC Networks' Streaming Service Shudder Launches Original Programming With 'Primal Screen' Doc (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
- "Check out Only On Shudder on Shudder". SHUDDER. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
- Colburn, Randall. "Shudder bringing back Joe Bob Briggs after his recent marathon crashed its servers". avclub.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
- "Shudder Orders The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs Season 2". ScreenRant. 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
- Collis, Clark (5 December 2019). "The newly deceased hunt the living in trailer for Shudder TV's The Dead Lands". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
- Webb-Liddall, Alice (24 January 2020). "How The Dead Lands hopes to change New Zealand television". The Spinoff. Archived from the original on 24 January 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
- "The Horror Collective Trio of Horror Coming to Shudder". Horror News | HNN. 2021-07-06. Retrieved 2022-09-08.
- Wagman, Jed (2021-06-24). "What's Streaming on Shudder This July". Filmhounds Magazine. Retrieved 2022-09-08.