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The best movies and shows on Shudder right now (November 2023)

Even though Halloween 2023 is but a memory now, that doesn’t mean the spooky chills and thrills need to end in November. In fact, if you’re looking to keep the horror films going throughout the rest of the year and into 2024, you should look no further than a $7 monthly subscription to Shudder. Owned and operated by AMC Networks, Shudder is home to a mighty trove of horror films and shows from all eras, on top of its own original content. 

There are literally thousands of titles to sift through on Shudder, which is why we’ve put together this list of the latest and greatest content you’ll be able to enjoy. We do our best to highlight both new and exciting releases, as well as fan favorites and genre classics. So without further ado, here are all the best movies and shows on Shudder for the end of fall.

Seeking more scares? Turn up the chills with our guides to the best horror movies on Netflix, the best horror movies on Hulu, and the best horror movies on Amazon Prime.

When Evil Lurks (2023)

When Evil Lurks
75%
7.0/10
r
99m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
Stars
Ezequiel Rodríguez, Demián Salomón, Silvina Sabater
Directed by
Demián Rugna
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Once in a blue moon, a horror film comes along that delivers big on everything we expect from the genre. This honoring of tropes is best served alongside an original spin on the conventions we expect, and the latest film to knock all of these criteria out of the park is When Evil Lurks. Written and directed by Demián Rugna, our story follows brothers Pedro (Ezequiel Rodriguez) and Jamie (Demián Solomon), two siblings forced to contend with a world overrun by demons. When one possesses a human, the resulting mutation is called a “rotten.” When a demon leaves traces of itself on Pedro and Jamie, it’s only a matter of time before they fall victim to the hellish unborn. Unbelievably shocking and gory to the max, When Evil Lurks is an unsettling reminder of just how bold the horror genre can be.

V/H/S/94 (2021)

V/H/S/94
54%
7.2/10
103m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
Stars
Anna Hopkins, Kyal Legend, Christian Lloyd
Directed by
Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto, Steven Kostanski, Jennifer Reeder, Chloe Okuno, Ryan Prows
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We’re absolute suckers for the V/H/S franchise, and as far as elevated storytelling goes, V/H/S 94 might take home the gold for pure horror-driven anarchy. Made up of five shorts and one overarching tale of a SWAT team that raids a death cult-occupied warehouse, amongst the many bodies of the heretics is a collection of VHS tapes.

When the operatives play back the footage, we as the audience get to watch whatever terrible things are contained in the video. The fourth entry in the long-standing V/H/S franchise, the blood and gore may not be for everyone, but if you like your genre cinema served up cheap and ridiculous, we guarantee you’ll enjoy the feast. 

Sharknado (2013)

Sharknado
NaN/10
86m
Genre
Horror, Action, Comedy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard
Directed by
Anthony C. Ferrante
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It may not be the kind of movie that swept the Oscars, but when it comes to good ole’ fashioned B-movie madness, it doesn’t get much better than this off-the-wall disaster flick. When a freak waterspout from an oncoming hurricane sucks up the titular aquatic monsters from the ocean and drops the predatory fish over Los Angeles, all hell breaks loose … of course.

As the storm surge floods the metropolis with seawater, a rag-tag group of citizens, led by former surfer Fin Shephard (Ian Ziering), is forced to navigate the shark-infested deluge in order to save themselves, as well as Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia (Aubrey Peeples). Imagine if Jaws was made for TV, included more than one shark, a tornado, and featured enough CGI to brick your MacBook. Yeah, that would be a completely different movie, and its name would be Sharknado.

Dark August (1976)

Dark August
5.1/10
r
87m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
Stars
Kim Hunter, J.J. Barry, Carolyne Barry
Directed by
Martin G. Goldman
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If demons, hexes, and ultra-low-budget filmmaking are three things you enjoy, consider Dark August. Directed by Martin Goldman, the film stars J.J. Barry as Sal Devito, an artist who relocates to a rural town in Vermont. It turns out Sal’s been trying to gain some distance from a tragic car accident that took the life of a young girl, but his past is hot on his trail. The girl’s grandfather just so happens to be into black magic and decides to curse Sal in an effort to avenge his granddaughter.

When a dark entity starts following Sal around town, he turns to a local psychic to help him combat the ever-lurking evil that won’t let him be. Not many will have heard of Dark August, but as part of Shudder’s incredible “Locals Only” curation, this shoestring creeper is extremely unsettling, and the dizzying camerawork and unusual synth score help the film to push the envelope even further.

The Mansion of Madness (1973)

The Mansion of Madness
r
99m
Genre
Horror, Comedy
Stars
Claudio Brook, Arthur Hansel, Ellen Sherman
Directed by
Juan López Moctezuma
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A loose adaption of Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, Dr. Tarr’s Torture Dungeon is set in 19th-century France and follows a journalist by the name of Gaston LeBlanc (played by Arthur Hansel). Traveling by way of horse-drawn carriage, LeBlanc is conducting an investigation of one Dr. Maillard (Claudio Brook), a physician who has gained some renown for some revolutionary psychiatric methods. What no one is expecting is the unrelenting chaos that has taken hold of every corner of Maillard’s sanitarium.

With crazed inhabitants running wild and engaging in some not-so-kind ritualistic activities, Gaston grows wary of Maillard’s intentions, but it’s only a matter of time before the journalist becomes the mad doctor’s next patient. A kaleidoscopic spectacle, director Juan López Moctezuma’s film (billed as The Mansion of Madness in other countries) plays by its own rules, making for some truly insane cinema that doesn’t care if you’re cringing.

Lake of the Dead (1958)

Lake of the Dead
pg-13
76m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
Stars
André Bjerke, Bjørg Engh, Henki Kolstad
Directed by
Kåre Bergstrøm
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Lake of the Dead is a 1958 Norwegian mystery-thriller film from director Kåre Bergstrøm. Following the train-bound journey of a group of intellectuals and socialites, all the familiars of a man named Bjørn Werner, the high-brow bunch soon find themselves in the heart of the Østerdal woodlands at Bjørn’s isolated cabin. But their friend is nowhere to be found, and his dog is dead.

Disturbed by the discovery, a murderous urban legend about a real nearby lake is recalled by one of the visitors — and the deep-rooted, generational hearsay ends up becoming horrifically true. Paying homage to the ‘50s stylings of the film-noir genre, Lake of the Dead achieves plenty of scares through its closed, rhetorical approach, where a single, spooky story is enough to keep us up at night.

Speak No Evil (2022)

Speak No Evil
6.6/10
r
97m
Genre
Horror
Stars
Morten Burian, Sidsel Siem Koch, Fedja van Huêt
Directed by
Christian Tafdrup
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Speak No Evil is the kind of movie that reminds us why we should all stop making friends. Period. Written and directed by Christian Tafdrup, this excellent Danish flick is a slow-burning psychological film about two families who meet on holiday in Italy. When Bjørn and Louise (Morten Burian and Sidsel Siem Koch) return home, they receive an invitation to visit Patrick and Karin (Fedja van Huêt and Karina Smulders).

Deciding to take them up on the offer, Bjørn, Louise, and their daughter, Agnes (Liva Forsberg), travel from Denmark to the Netherlands for what sounds like an awesome weekend away from it all, but when their newfound buddies begin making their guests feel uncomfortable, our hero family begins to realize they’re not altogether welcome. An unsettling story from start to finish, Speak No Evil features great acting and a wicked third act that will leave you speechless (just like one or two of the characters).

The Apology (2022)

The Apology
5.0/10
r
91m
Genre
Thriller, Horror
Stars
Anna Gunn, Linus Roache, Janeane Garofalo
Directed by
Alison Star Locke
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In The Apology, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) stars as Darlene Hagen, a 19-years-sober woman who is gearing up to host a Christmas dinner for her whole family. But one dark and stormy night, Darlene’s estranged ex-brother-in-law, Jack (Linus Roache), makes an unplanned homecoming.

As the snow keeps piling up, Darlene invites him to stay, leading to what begins as a somewhat pleasant conversation between long-ago family members — that is until Jack delivers some horrific and devastating news. The Apology doesn’t need monsters or ghouls to disturb its viewers, because the real terrors are carried out by the demons that dwell within our own families.

Holidays (2016)

Holidays
5.1/10
r
105m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
Stars
Harley Quinn Smith, Lorenza Izzo, Seth Green
Directed by
Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart, Nicholas McCarthy, Kevin Kölsch, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Dennis Widmyer, Anthony Scott Burns, Adam Egypt Mortimer
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A holiday horror anthology may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for genre cinema that shines a morbid light on the likes of Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day, Holidays is the tale of tales for you. And with works from the likes of Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart, and Gary Shore, you know that you’re in for the kind of movie that doesn’t think twice about tossing endless amounts of gore and jump-scares at you. Sure, the parts don’t exactly create the most cohesive anthology at times, but a majority of the vile vignettes are well worth a watch.

Skinamarink (2023)

Skinamarink
100m
Genre
Horror
Stars
Lucas Paul, Dali Rose Tetreault, Ross Paul
Directed by
Kyle Edward Ball
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The Canadian horror film has a bare-bones plot: in 1995, two adolescent children awaken from a dream in the middle of the night to discover strange things happening in their empty home. Regular objects like doors and windows keep disappearing, their father is nowhere to be found, and the boundaries between reality and nightmares begin to blur.

Directed by first-time helmer Kyle Edward Ball, Skinamarink is a lo-fi affair shot on digital cameras for a thrifty $15,000. What the movie lacks in polish, it more than makes up for in generating genuinely creepy vibes, as Ball utilizes shadows and silence to generate scares. While some have complained about the nonsensical plot and barely audible dialogue, Skinamarink is one of the few horror films that accurately reflects the experience of being trapped in a waking nightmare. See it before it becomes the cult classic it will inevitably be regarded as in the next few years.

Possession (1981)

Possession
r
124m
Genre
Horror
Stars
Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen
Directed by
Andrzej Żuławski
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Possession is the kind of movie that’s hard to put a concrete label on, but equal parts domestic melodrama and surrealist nightmare is a description that will get the job done. The film features Jurassic Park star Sam Neill as Mark, a husband and father who learns that his wife, Anna (Isabella Adjani), has been having an affair.

After several domestic disputes, Mark enlists the service of a private investigator to keep tabs on his spouse, only to discover that Anna may actually be the mortal vessel of some kind of dark entity. Genre-defying and unusually bleak, Possession is sure to give you the creeps in more ways than one. Adjani’s three-minute breakdown in an empty subway is alone worth watching.

Tourist Trap (1979)

Tourist Trap
r
90m
Genre
Horror
Stars
Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness
Directed by
David Schmoeller
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While it doesn’t receive the fanfare of films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Halloween, director David Schmoeller’s Tourist Trap is a ’70s genre flick that deserves just as much attention. The story follows a group of five pals who become stranded at an off-the-wall museum in the middle of nowhere.

As it turns out, the proprietor of the titular trap is a man named Mr. Slausen (Chuck Connors), a charming but enigmatic figure, who may or may not be responsible for the one-by-one deaths of the core cast. If mannequins, dolls, and puppets freak you out, Tourist Trap may be the perfect blast of terror, as the film’s supernatural slasher just so happens to have a penchant for all things porcelain and dead-eyed.

Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)

Tigers Are Not Afraid
r
83m
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Thriller
Stars
Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Ianis Guerrero
Directed by
Issa López
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Tigers Are Not Afraid is as bold a horror film as they come, fully embracing fantasy and folkloric elements to weave its symbol-laden narrative. The film stars Paola Lara as Estelle, a recently orphaned girl who joins the ranks of an adolescent street gang amidst the throes of the Mexican drug wars. After wishing for her mother’s return, Estelle’s world is flipped upside-down when vengeful wraiths start following the kids.

A film cut from much the same cloth as Guillermo del Toro’s early cinema, Tigers Are Not Afraid achieves something truly special by stepping outside the bounds of normal genre conventions to tell an impactful and relevant story, employing supernatural elements to carry this incredible cinematic journey home.

Resurrection (2022)

Resurrection
Genre
Drama, Horror, Thriller
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Resurrection is one of those movies that has an uncanny knack of digging into your bones and lurking there for weeks and months on end. It’s the kind of film you just can’t forget, a near-fact that’s perfectly aligned with the narrative itself. Rebecca Hall plays Margaret, a successful businesswoman and single mother.

With her life going exactly as planned, fate drops a bomb on Margaret’s arranged existence when her abusive ex-boyfriend David (Tim Roth) resurfaces. Almost immediately, David sets to work controlling and manipulating Margaret, but little does he know that she’s cooking up a plan for vengeance.

The Last Broadcast (1998)

The Last Broadcast
r
86m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
Stars
David Beard, Jim Seward, Stefan Avalos
Directed by
Stefan Avalos, Lance Weiler
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Before Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, the world of found-footage horror cinema was fairly bare, save for one-offs like The Last Broadcast, although the latter is certainly nothing to dismiss even if it didn’t get the franchise treatment.

Directed by Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler, the movie places viewers in the shoes of a filmmaker who sets off into the infamous Pine Barrens of New Jersey to shoot a documentary about the Jersey Devil and four of the creature’s victims. The premise probably sounds familiar, and while The Last Broadcast doesn’t venture too far out-of-the-box, a few third-act surprises make this early found-footage picture a worthy addition to the genre.

Extraordinary Tales (2013)

Extraordinary Tales
73m
Genre
Horror, Animation, Mystery
Stars
Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands
Directed by
Raúl García
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Extraordinary Tales is an animated love letter to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, with five of the prolific author’s stories receiving the cinematic treatment from director Raúl Garcia, with segment narration provided by Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Lee, Julian Sands, and even Bela Lugosi.

While the art style may not jive with all viewers, this experimental approach to the anthology format is memorable, intellectually elevated, and faithful to the master of macabre who would probably be a huge fan of genre slam-dunks like Hereditary and The Witch.

V/H/S/99 (2022)

V/H/S/99
53%
6.7/10
r
99m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
Stars
Jesse LaTourette, Keanush Tafreshi, Dashiell Derrickson
Directed by
Johannes Roberts, Flying Lotus, Tyler MacIntyre, Maggie Levin, Joseph Winter, Vanessa Winter
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Another anthological gem is front and center with the release of the fifth entry in the popular V/H/S series. Titled V/H/S/99, the most recent collection of creepy tales negates the overarching narrative of the previous four films and cuts right to the chase, shifting from one bloody vignette to the next, with a series of stop-motion shorts serving as the synaptic gateways between stories. Fans of the franchise will inevitably dig this fifth foray into familiar waters, but it’s also a phenomenal start for anyone new to the decade-plus V/H/S format.

The Long Walk (2022)

The Long Walk
72%
6.9/10
Genre
Horror, Science Fiction, Drama
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If you’ve been in the mood for a great ghost story, Shudder has got you covered with director Mattie Do’s The Long Walk (not to be confused with the Stephen King novella of the same name). The film follows the nomadic wanderings of a Laotian hermit billed as “The Old Man” (Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy), a nameless protagonist who walks the endless outskirts of his rural village, accompanied by the quiet spirit of a boy whose death he witnessed years prior. After discovering that the silent wraith possesses time-traveling abilities, The Old Man taps into these metaphysical strengths to transport himself back to his younger years, all in a desperate effort to save his mother from her future ailment. Sure, it sounds convoluted, but The Long Walk executes its premise in a deliberate and relatable fashion, tapping into humanity’s sympathetic leanings as a means of unfurling its supernatural narrative.

Grizzly (1976)

Grizzly
25%
5.2/10
pg
91m
Genre
Horror, Adventure, Thriller
Stars
Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel
Directed by
William Girdler
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What do you get when you cross Jaws, the woods, and an independent film cash-grab that more than paid off for its creators? 1976’s Grizzly, of course! Trading sharks for bears, director William Girdler’s creature feature dropped a year after the aforementioned Spielberg box-office smash, pitting a band of park rangers against a monstrous grizzly hellbent on consuming anyone and anything that gets in its way. Decidedly campy, Grizzly doesn’t have the same timeless impact as Jaws. But can any film match the gravitas of Spielberg’s ‘70s classic? Let’s just say that if you like a good nature versus man story, Grizzly is sure to be a good time for you and yours.

Mad God (2022)

Mad God
100%
6.8/10
r
83m
Genre
Animation, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction
Stars
Niketa Roman, Satish Ratakonda, Alex Cox
Directed by
Phil Tippett
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A kaleidoscopic stop-motion odyssey, Mad God follows The Assassin, a handcrafted anti-hero, through an apocalyptic world of horrendous creatures and locales that will have you second-guessing time and time again. But the resounding answer is no — this is not CGI. From director Alex Cox, everything you see in Mad God was meticulously built, assembled, and photographed in classic stop-motion fashion. An absurdist epic like no other, this is a case of cinema where the art form itself is just as essential (if not more so) than the narrative. We’ll go on record to say that Tim Burton probably loves this film to death, and so do we.

The Crazies (1973)

The Crazies
63%
6.1/10
r
103m
Genre
Action, Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars
Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones
Directed by
George A. Romero
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In George Romero’s The Crazies, the director’s horror follow-up to Night of the Living Dead, the story follows Judy and David, a married couple looking to vacate their once-peaceful town in the wake of a nuclear disaster. It’s all thanks to the accidental release of an airborne agent that turns innocent civilians into murdering monsters. With the hordes closing in, the government has no clue how to handle the sudden catastrophe, and it’s only a matter of time before the locals spread the homicide into neighboring cities. A veiled commentary on the military of the ’70s, The Crazies may not have the same raw vitality as Night of the Living Dead, but it’s a worthy addition to the maestro’s canon of zombie-adjacent terrors.

Night of the Demons (1988)

Night of the Demons
6.1/10
r
90m
Genre
Horror
Stars
Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Amelia Kinkade
Directed by
Kevin Tenney
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Depending on who you ask, the ’80s were either a pivotal decade for the horror genre or a campy 10 years of trash-laden proportions. A film like 1988’s Night of the Demons arguably stands at the center of both schools of thought. Our story follows a group of dimwit teens who ditch a school dance in favor of an edgy Halloween party thrown by Goth girl Angela (Mimi Kinkade). An ill-prepared séance goes awry, unleashing an army of blood-hungry demons onto the unsuspecting high school students. A showcase for makeup effects and inventive corpse-piling, Night of the Demons plays by its own disgusting rules, and we’re not arguing with its logic (mostly because we don’t want to perish, too).

Halloween (1978)

Halloween
87%
7.7/10
r
91m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
Stars
Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes
Directed by
John Carpenter
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On Halloween night, a young boy named Michael Myers grabbed a butcher knife, walked upstairs to his sister’s bedroom, and murdered her. Then, on Halloween eve, nearly 15 years later, an adult Myers escapes from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and returns to his stomping grounds of Haddonfield to carry out a second, more profound spree of carnage. An iconic slasher and a powerhouse debut for lead actress Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter’s Halloween is a monumental contribution to the horror genre, memorable for its score, scares, and simplicity. The original film would go on to spawn a myriad of sequels and re-imaginings, but the 1978 classic is the gem most fans would call their favorite of the bunch.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls
7.1/10
pg
78m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
Stars
Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
Directed by
Herk Harvey
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When a cliffside drag race ends in tragedy, the lone survivor, Mary (Candace Hilligos), walks away relatively unscathed — save for the visions of undead ghouls that begin plaguing her. Taking a job as an organist and putting herself up at a boardinghouse, Mary does everything in her power to return her life to normalcy. But as her hallucinations grow in power, we begin to wonder why these haunting specters are pulled to our heroine. Before David Lynch and George Romero, there was Herk Harvey, an industrial-turned-narrative filmmaker that gave us Carnival of Souls — a small but influential entry in the world of horror cinema.

Deadhouse Dark (2021)

Deadhouse Dark
5.3/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Created by
Enzo Tedeschi
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Deadhouse Dark is an ambitious bit of anthology filmmaking that packs six anecdotal terrors under one creepy thematic umbrella: an overarching fear of the darker parts of the Internet. In each of the stories, we’re presented with individuals who all have some kind of deep-seated connection to the World Wide Web — whether through social media sites, live-streamed dashcam footage, dating platforms, or other digital mediums. As each narrative unfolds, evil rises to the surface, challenging the heroes of the six tales, with a series of fight-for-your-life scenarios delivered to the unsuspecting players. While it’s a bit of a rocky road at times, Deadhouse Dark is a largely cohesive and shockingly satisfying addition to the horror anthology subgenre.

NOS4A2 (2019)

NOS4A2
47%
6.6/10
tv-14
2 Seasons
Genre
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Stars
Ashleigh Cummings, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jahkara Smith
Created by
Joe Hill, Jami O'Brien
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Based on the Joe Hill novel of the same name, NOS42 follows Victoria McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), an artist that finds out she has supernatural powers. Victoria must use her new gift to track the wretched exploits of the all-powerful Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), an otherworldly adversary that feeds on the souls of innocent children. A tough book-to-screen adaptation, there’s a ton of world-building to do in NOS4A2, a feat that the series creators successfully tackle in several ways. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after its second season, but you can watch the entire run on Shudder.

A Discovery of Witches (2018)

A Discovery of Witches
67%
7.9/10
tv-14
3 Seasons
Genre
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Stars
Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Edward Bluemel
Created by
Kate Brooke
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A Discovery of Witches is an adaptation of the All Souls Trilogy book series by Deborah Harkness. A deep dive into a fantastical world of occult practices, the three seasons follow the nightmarish adventures of Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a witch, and Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), a benevolent vampire. Combining their supernatural DNA and historical wits, the dynamic duo must contend with a host of terrifying adversaries. Palmer and Goode are a near-perfect pairing, providing a realistic set of onscreen guides through a world of very strange people, places, and dastardly creatures.

Creepshow (2019)

Creepshow
7/10
tv-ma
3 Seasons
Genre
Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by
Gregory Nicotero
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In 1982, horror dream-team George Romero and Stephen King teamed up for a wild collaboration, a little film called Creepshow. Styled after the EC Comics horror publications of the ’40s and ’50s, particularly Tales from the Crypt, the film presented five stand-alone genre tales, each packed with stylized comic book visuals, big performances (from the likes of Ted Danson, Ed Harris, and Leslie Nielson), and plenty of gore. Cut from the same cloth as the formative original, Greg Nicotero’s Shudder reimagining of Creepshow goes a step further with the anthology format by dedicating singular episodes to one tale of terror each. Talents include actors Tobin Bell (the Saw franchise), Giancarlo Esposito (The MandalorianBreaking Bad), and horror cinema’s goofy can’t-kill-him uncle, David Arquette (the Scream franchise).

Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2021)

Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster
7.6/10
103m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Boris Karloff, Sara Karloff, Guillermo del Toro
Directed by
Thomas Hamilton
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Boris Karloff may be best known for his portrayal of the Monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein, but the esteemed English actor fostered a prolific career within the horror genre (and outside of it). A well-researched dive into the life and times of the titular performer, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster explores everything Karloff, from his histrionic origins to the roles he occupied toward the end of his life. 

The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time (2022)

The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time
8.7/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Tony Todd, Gregory Nicotero, Keith David
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When it’s a deep dive down the rabbit hole of horror cinema you’re looking for, Shudder’s phenomenal The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time is an episodic deconstruction of the genre you simply can’t miss. Featuring talking-head dissections of some of the most iconic and lesser-known horror titles the world over, facts and opinions are delivered by a diverse menagerie of directors, producers, actors, journalists, scholars, and other noteworthy experts, all of whom have an affinity for the onscreen things that rattle us to the bone. Sure, there are plenty of critics out there who love movies like It FollowsThe Witch, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but there’s something earnest and endearing about the way Shudder’s 101 Scariest interviewees discuss their love and fears of the freakiest flicks they’ve ever seen.

Cursed Films (2020)

Cursed Films
7.1/10
nr
1 Season
Genre
Documentary
Created by
Jay Cheel
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Movies can garner reputations for a number of reasons. Usually, it’s not because of a string of gruesome deaths attached to a film’s preproduction or principal photography. Sometimes, though, there’s no escaping a series of misfortunes. In Jay Cheel’s Cursed Films, we visit five iconic films, each with spine-chilling behind-the-scenes stories of accidents, deaths, and bad juju. These include The ExorcistPoltergeistThe OmenThe Crow, and Twilight Zone: The Movie. Were these productions truly cursed? Watch the series to decide for yourself.

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
80%
7.7/10
194m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Robert Eggers, Alice Lowe, Ian Ogilvy
Directed by
Kier-La Janisse
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Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is the kind of exhaustive documentary that leaves no stone unturned. And in the case of the film’s alluring subject matter — a thoroughly-traced history through folk cinema’s cross-continental generations — there are plenty of pebbles to see. Featuring interviews with genre historians, authors, and academics, as well as buzzworthy filmmakers like Robert Eggers (The NorthmanThe Lighthouse, and The Witch), Woodlands Dark delivers informative three-plus hours that may have been served up better as a limited series, but no one’s going to care if you pause it five times. However you wish to experience this educational tome of roots, runes, and beasts, the choice is yours alone.

The Nightmare (2015)

The Nightmare
68%
5.7/10
90m
Genre
Horror, Documentary
Stars
Kate Angus, Forrest Borie, Christopher Bleuze-Carolan
Directed by
Rodney Ascher
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A quick Google search of “sleep paralysis” is sure to have you trembling in bed all night. For those who are unfortunate enough to have experienced this terrifying neurological malady firsthand, our hearts go out to you, just as they do to the main ensemble of victims in director Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare. Interviewing sleep paralysis sufferers from all over the country, Ascher weaves together an engaging documentary through firsthand accounts, complemented by hellish reenactments of the types of disturbing phenomena the folks on-screen encountered when they tried to sleep. And if you enjoy what you see, go and find Ascher’s 2012 film Room 237, a head-spinning deconstruction of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
r
83m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Meosha Bean, Ashlee Blackwell, William Crain
Directed by
Xavier Burgin
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A cinematic extension of Robin Means Coleman’s book Horror Noire, this revelatory documentary traces the roots of Black Americans across decades of genre cinema. Assembling a who’s-who of writers, directors, producers, actors, scholars, and other industry experts, director Xavier Burgin explores the hardships, tribulations, and perseverance of Black filmmakers and performers, as viewed through the telling lens of horror films. Contributors include writer-director-producer Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), actor Tony Todd (Candyman), actor Ken Foree (The Devil’s RejectsHalloween), and more.

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