Shudder (streaming service)

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Shudder
Type of site
VOD streaming service
Available inEnglish
Headquarters
OwnerAMC Networks
Websiteshudder.com
RegistrationMonthly subscription through authorized distributor required to access content

Shudder is an over-the-top subscription video on demand service featuring horror, thriller and supernatural fiction titles owned and operated by AMC Networks.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Shudder began with an invite-only beta testing in the United States the summer of 2015.[2] By October 2016, Shudder was fully out of beta testing and had expanded to Canada,[3] the United Kingdom and Ireland.[4]

Shudder is available on Android and Apple mobile devices, Amazon Fire devices, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast[5] as well as subscription via Amazon Video[1] in monthly or annual subscriptions.[5] Shudder is also available as part of the VRV combo pack as of August 2017.[6] A monthly subscription in Canada currently runs at 4.99 dollars each month.[7]

The Shudder website also airs a free pre-programmed feed called shudder.tv.[2]

Content[edit]

In October 2016, Aja Romano writing for Vox noted that Shudder had over 500 horror films with their closest competitor, Screambox, carrying 400.[8] Romano said Shudder had an "impressive selection of higher-quality films."[8] Charlie Lyne, writing for The Guardian, notes that the UK version of Shudder carried around 200 films.[4]

Channel curators Sam Zimmerman and Colin Geddes offer categories like "Urban Decay," "Slashics," and "Not Your Ordinary Bloodsucker"[8] which break the library down to specific sub-categories. Zimmerman previously worked for Fangoria and Shock Til You Drop[9] while Geddes was previously a film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.[9]

In late 2016, Shudder began carving out windows of exclusivity, premiering Rob Zombie's 31 two weeks before the DVD release[10] and exclusively carrying the 4k restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm.[3]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] During the premiere, Shudder's servers crashed as a result of an overwhelming amount 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 Joe Bob Briggs back for additional events in 2018 and 2019. On July 20, Shudder announced on social media the series would be returning for a second season.[citation needed]

Exclusives and originals[edit]

Shudder exclusives
Title Release Date Notes
Beyond the Walls October 20, 2016 TV miniseries
Therapy November 17, 2016
31 December 7, 2016
Shrew's Nest December 8, 2016
Dearest Sister January 12, 2017
Sadako vs. Kayako January 26, 2017
Blind Sun February 9, 2017
Phantasm: Ravager February 14, 2017
We Go On February 22, 2017
Always Shine March 7, 2017
Prevenge March 24, 2017
Jordskott April 6, 2017 TV series
We Are the Flesh April 20, 2017
Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl May 4, 2017
Lake Bodom May 18, 2017
Noroi: The Curse June 1, 2017
Among the Living June 15, 2017
Show Pieces June 26, 2017
Kuso July 21, 2017
Small Town Killers August 17, 2017
Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories August 31, 2017 TV miniseries
Seoul Station October 5, 2017
Can't Take It Back October 12, 2017
Found Footage 3D October 26, 2017 Available in 2D and 3D
Spookers October 26, 2017
Better Watch Out December 7, 2017
Black Lake December 21, 2017
Don't Grow Up January 11, 2018
Jordskott season 2 January 18, 2018
Mayhem February 1, 2018
Dead Shack February 15, 2018
Last Ones Out March 1, 2018
Cold Hell March 15, 2018
Mon Mon Mon Monsters March 29, 2018
Born to Kill April 12, 2018 TV miniseries
Downrange April 26, 2018
Still/Born May 10, 2018
Sequence Break May 24, 2018
Supermax June 28, 2018
Trepalium July 12, 2018
Ruin Me July 19, 2018
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil July 26, 2018 Seasons 1 & 2
Channel Zero: Candle Cove August 9, 2018
Ängelby August 23, 2018
Hell House LLC 2 September 20, 2018
Shudder originals
Title Release Date Notes
Primal Screen June 8, 2017 TV series
The Core November 16, 2017 TV series
MonsterVision July 13, 2018 Variety series
Revenge September 13, 2018
Deadwax November 15, 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roettgers, Janko (November 22, 2016). "Rob Zombie's Latest Horror Movie '31' Coming Only to Shudder Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Roettgers, Janko (June 9, 2015). "AMC Beta-Tests Streaming Service for Horror Fans (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Newman, Heather (October 31, 2016). "AMC's Shudder Serves Up The Streaming Horror For Halloween". Forbes. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lyne, Charlie (October 29, 2016). "Scary movie site Shudder is resurrecting the horror of the TV schedules". The Guardian. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Miska, Brad (July 15, 2015). "Shudder: Horror Streaming Service Launches". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  6. ^ @WatchVRV (11 August 2017). "We've added Shudder to the VRV Combo Pack at no extra charge!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Baker, K.A.; Dutch, R.E.; Lamb, R.A.; Jardetzky, T.S. (1999-03-26). "PARAMYXOVIRUS SV5 FUSION PROTEIN CORE". dx.doi.org. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  8. ^ a b c 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.
  9. ^ a b Hutchinson, Sean (August 30, 2016). "Two Horror Experts Are Leading Fans Down a Bloody Path". Inverse. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  10. ^ Squires, John (November 23, 2016). "Rob Zombie's '31' Landing Exclusively on Shudder in December". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "AMC Networks' Streaming Service Shudder Launches Original Programming With 'Primal Screen' Doc (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  13. ^ "Check out Only On Shudder on Shudder". SHUDDER. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  14. ^ Colburn, Randall. "Shudder bringing back Joe Bob Briggs after his recent marathon crashed its servers". avclub.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.

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