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AMC launches beta for Shudder, a 24/7 streaming horror movie service

AMC Networks is running a beta test of a new over-the-top (OTT) streaming service called Shudder, offering all horror, all the time, reports Variety.

Viewers who previously signed up for access can now get access to full-length, ad-free movies in the creepy genre. AMC is offering the first two months free, after which it will run for $5/mo., or $50 for a full year’s worth of screams.

Presently, there are more than 200 movies available, including cult favorites originating in countries like Korea and Sweden, like A Tale of Two Sisters and Let the Right One In. If you’re in a particular horror mood, you can narrow your search by specifics, like movies with bloodsuckers (No Twilight here), or collections like “urban decay.”

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Beta testers looking to get their horror fix on their computer can stream 24/7 feeds at Shudder.tv. Eventually, Shudder.tv will be available on mobile devices, too, through apps that are promised to launch “in the near future.”

The beta is currently only available to invited testers, but AMC hopes to eventually launch Shudder to more users, and make it accessible through various TV streaming devices. Right now, if you dare visit the website, you’ll be greeted by an uber-creepy black screen and and approaching figure, along with the chance to enter your e-mail address to be notified “when the fear becomes real.”

The technology behind Shudder is powered Dramafever, an online video platform that became a subsidiary of Softbank in 2014. Launched in 2009, DramaFever claims to be a “leading online destination for the best TV shows and movies from around the world.” Key to the library is a selection of Korean dramas, Latin American Telenovelas, and Asian TV shows and movies.