shudder recommendations

Between Netflix and Hulu and Amazon, you may think you have enough streaming options in your life. But you don’t, especially if you’re a horror fan. If you’re in the market for a scary movie, you aren’t going to find much to get excited about amongst most of the major players. The handful of gems tend to be wedged between whatever schlock your streaming service of choice could buy on the cheap.

That’s why I was so intrigued by Shudder, a horror-centric streaming service that supplies all of the great horror options that are so painfully absent elsewhere. Browse through Shudder’s library and you’ll find untouchable classics and cult favorites, mainstream movies and eclectic curiosities from every corner of the globe. And it only costs five bucks a month, which makes me feel like I’m getting away with murder by subscribing.

Because I genuinely love Shudder and because you can sign up for a free trial before you commit to actually paying a dime, I combed through their archives and tried to find ten movies I could recommend to subscribers and curious newbies alike. I ended up narrowing it down to twenty titles and couldn’t bear to cut another one because I have zero discipline. So I decided to program ten double features, linked by filmmakers, themes, styles, and occasionally utter nonsense, that you can enjoy via Shudder.

So don’t let the lack of great horror options on Netflix bring you down. There is another way.

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Nosferatu remake

Most people haven’t had a chance to see The Witch at this point; A24 hasn’t even released a trailer yet, so no one is familiar with the film and its story of a 17th Century New England family which is beset by black magic.

Robert Eggers, a former production designer, wrote and directed The Witch, which made waves at Sundance this year thanks to its excellent construction, and the strange scares it offers. Egger’s background in the art department is evident in every frame of The Witch, which is startlingly period-accurate, wonderfully detailed, and immersively whole.

That background also makes Eggers a very interesting choice for the Nosferatu remake that is now in development at Jeff Robinov’s new outfit Studio 8. Read More »