In case you haven’t heard, Shudder is THE subscription movie service for horror fans. It’s grown a lot in a short time, and now boasts hundreds of titles. If the selection has got you a little overwhelmed, no problem. Here are some recommendations for things that you should be watching on Shudder.
1 – The Devils
Ken Russell’s controversial The Devils is quite a score for Shudder users. This is billed as the “Unrated” version of the film, but it’s actually the same version that has been toiling around, which is missing a few shocking minutes. Still not an easy move to find, so Shudder is doing cinephiles everywhere a favor by showing it.
2 –Dead & Buried
In a world full of Romero clones, Dead & Buried is a refreshingly different zombie movie, a throwback to the days of the Haitian voodoo undead. Keep an eye out for a young Robert Englund.
3 – Magic
Magic is one of the creepiest movies ever made. Even the television spot (below) is creepy. Stars Anthony Hopkins as a schizophrenic ventriloquist and Burgess Meredith as his conscientious manager.
4 – My Amityville Horror
Everyone knows the story of The Amityville Horror, but not told like this. My Amityville Horror is a documentary about Daniel Lutz, one of the kids from the “true” story who has grown up with the demons of the film – both literal and figurative – following him around. You may not believe what Daniel is saying, but it’s obvious that HE does.
5 – Deathdream
Also known as Dead of Night, Deathdream is about a soldier who, after he was reported to have been killed in action in Vietnam, returns home. But he’s not quite the same. This Bob Clark movie is socially conscious horror at its finest.
6 – Paperhouse
And now for something a little lighter…Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse is about a young girl who learns that she can visit a boy in a house that she has drawn herself. This is a good gateway horror movie for the kids, or for the adults that just want to relive their childhood.
7 – Maniac (2012)
Elijah Wood was really trying to break out of his Frodo mold when he starred in Maniac, a brutally original vision of the 1980 slasher classic. Studios take note: this is how you reimagine a classic horror movie.
8 – Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
The name says it all. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is about a group of college students who unwittingly release an imp from a bowling trophy. Linnea Quigley stars in one of her most charmingly memorable roles.
9 – Toad Road
Toad Road is a disturbing found footage movie about a group of teens who do drugs and look for the gates of hell. The announcement of lead actress Sara Anne Jones’ overdose death by a title card at the end of the movie further blurs the lines between what’s real and what’s not, making an already creepy movie even creepier.