Shudder (streaming service)

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Shudder
Shudder-logo-flat.png
Type of site
VOD streaming service
Available inEnglish
Founded2015
Headquarters
United States
OwnerAMC Networks
URLshudder.com
RegistrationMonthly subscription through authorized distributor required to access content

Shudder is an American 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, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Chromecast[5] as well as subscription via Amazon Video[1] in monthly or annual subscriptions.[5] Shudder was also available as part of the VRV combo pack from August 2017 through July 2019.[6][7]

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.[8]

On 16 August 2020, Shudder extended its operations to Australia and New Zealand.[9][10]

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.[11] Romano said Shudder had an "impressive selection of higher-quality films."[11] 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",[11] which break the library down to specific sub-categories. Zimmerman previously worked for Fangoria and Shock Til You Drop[12] while Geddes was previously a film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.[12]

In late 2016, Shudder began carving out windows of exclusivity, premiering Rob Zombie's 31 two weeks before the DVD release[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19][20]

On July 20, 2021, the horror-genre film Rot was released on Shudder platform.[21][22]

Exclusives and Originals[edit]

Current Shudder exclusives
Title Year Country Notes
Therapy 2016 France
31 2016 United States
The Corpse of Anna Fritz 2016 Spain
Witching and Bitching 2016 Spain
Shrew's Nest 2016 Spain
Dearest Sister 2017 Laos
Sadako vs. Kayako 2017 Japan
We Go On 2017 United States
Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl 2017 United States
Lake Bodom 2017 Finland
Noroi: The Curse 2017 Japan
Kuso 2017 United States
Small Town Killers 2017 Denmark
Found Footage 3D 2017 United States Available in 2D and 3D
Can't Take It Back 2017 United States
Spookers 2017 Australia/New Zealand Documentary
Sam Was Here 2017 France/United States
Don't Grow Up 2018 France/Spain
Mayhem 2018 United States
Dead Shack 2018 Canada
Last Ones Out 2018 South Africa
Cold Hell 2018 Germany
Mon Mon Mon Monsters 2018 Taiwan
Downrange 2018 United States
The Noonday Witch 2018 Czech Republic
Still/Born 2018 Canada
Sequence Break 2018 United States
Ruin Me 2018 United States
Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel 2018 United States
The Nightshifter 2019 Brazil
Tigers Are Not Afraid 2019 Mexico
Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire 2019 United States
Nightmare Cinema 2019 United States
A Bluebird in My Heart 2019 Belgium/France
Trivisa 2019 Hong Kong/China
Boar 2019 Australia
One Cut of the Dead 2019 Japan
Incident in a Ghostland 2019 Canada/France
Haunt 2019 United States
Bliss 2020 United States
Confessional 2020 United States
In Search of Darkness 2020 United Kingdom/United States Documentary
The Wind 2020 United States
Verotika 2020 United States
Beyond the Gates 2020 United States
32 Malasana Street 2020 Spain
Daniel Isn't Real 2020 United States
Blood Vessel 2020 Australia
The Pale Door 2021 United States
The Dark and the Wicked 2021 United States
The Power 2021 United Kingdom
In Search of Darkness: Part II 2021 United Kingdom/United States Documentary
Relic 2021 United States/Australia
The Reckoning 2021 United Kingdom
Psycho Goreman 2021 Canada
The Amusement Park 2021 United States Mid-length movie
Possessor 2021 Canada/United Kingdom
The Toll 2021 Canada
Jakob's Wife 2021 United States
Mosquito State 2021 Poland/United States
Seance 2021 United States/United Kingdom
The Medium 2021 Thailand/South Korea
The Night 2021 Iran/United States
All the Creatures Were Stirring 2021 United States
For the Sake of Vicious 2022 Canada
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror 2022 United States Documentary
Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster 2022 United Kingdom Documentary
The Scary of Sixty-First 2022 United States
The Bunker Game 2022 Italy/France
The Spine of Night 2022 United States Animated movie
You Might Be the Killer 2022 United States
A Banquet 2022 United Kingdom
Offseason 2022 United States
The Long Night 2022 United States
This Is GWAR 2022 United States Documentary
On the 3rd Day 2022 Argentina
The Reef: Stalked 2022 Australia
Allegoria 2022 United States
The Innocents 2022 Norway
So Vam 2022 Australia
Watcher 2022 United States
Resurrection 2022 United States
She Will 2022 United Kingdom
Flux Gourmet 2022 United Kingdom/United States

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. ^ 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. ^ "Shudder changes on VRV". VRV. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  8. ^ "How Much Does Shudder Cost?". RLJ Entertainment. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b Hutchinson, Sean (August 30, 2016). "Two Horror Experts Are Leading Fans Down a Bloody Path". Inverse. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Squires, John (November 23, 2016). "Rob Zombie's '31' Landing Exclusively on Shudder in December". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "AMC Networks' Streaming Service Shudder Launches Original Programming With 'Primal Screen' Doc (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  16. ^ "Check out Only On Shudder on Shudder". SHUDDER. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  17. ^ Colburn, Randall. "Shudder bringing back Joe Bob Briggs after his recent marathon crashed its servers". avclub.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Shudder Orders The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs Season 2". ScreenRant. 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "The Horror Collective Trio of Horror Coming to Shudder". Horror News | HNN. 2021-07-06. Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  22. ^ Wagman, Jed (2021-06-24). "What's Streaming on Shudder This July". Filmhounds Magazine. Retrieved 2022-09-08.

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