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The best movies and shows on Shudder

If horror is the only film and TV genre you choose to consume, then there’s a streaming platform built just for you. Shudder (an AMC Networks affiliate) is home to fiction flicks, episodic outings, documentaries, and other exclusives — all under the banner of unbridled horror. The Shudder library continues to grow, with classics and new releases constantly being added. If you’re a diehard terror consumer, we’ve rounded up all of the best movies and shows on Shudder right now.

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Night of the Demons (1988) new

Night of the Demons
6.1/10
r 90m
Genre Horror
Stars Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Amelia Kinkade
Directed by Kevin Tenney
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 seance goes awry, unleashing an army of blood-hungry demons onto the unsuspecting high schoolers. 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).

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) new

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
81 %
6.9/10
r 99m
Genre Horror, Romance
Stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Before The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour dazzled the horror world with her melodramatic art-house debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Set in a dilapidated Iranian wasteland known as Bad City, our story follows an unnamed girl (Sheila Vand), a mysterious presence amongst the rubble and decay of the quiet metropolis. Skateboarding the black-and-white, night-clad streets, the girl drains the blood of mischievous and disrespectful men. Call her a vigilante, call her a vampire, call this a quiet masterpiece. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a tone poem of terror-meets-avant-garde filmmaking, powered by arresting camera work and editing, a moody score, and a razor-sharp performance from Vand.

NOS4A2 (2019) new

NOS4A2
6.7/10
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Ashleigh Cummings, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jahkara Smith
Created by Joe Hill, Jami O'Brien
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) new

A Discovery of Witches
67 %
8/10
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Edward Bluemel
Created by Kate Brooke
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.

Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas
65 %
7.2/10
r 98m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder
Directed by Bob Clark
Before John Carpenter’s Halloween (also featured on this list), there was Bob Clark’s 1974 film Black Christmas. Widely considered to be the first true “slasher” film, our story follows the young inhabitants of a sorority house as Christmas break begins. It turns out the residence has been receiving horrific phone calls from an unknown man. Dismissing his taunts, the women soon find themselves in unbreakable peril as the madman descends upon their living quarters. Featuring early performances from Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder, Black Christmas popularized a number of genre norms, including the disorienting killer POV that films like Halloween would become best recognized for. And guess what? That warm-hug, holiday-classic A Christmas Story that we all know and love? Yeah, it was directed by the same guy as Black Christmas. Think of that the next time you watch Ralphie taking pot-shots at Black Bart and his gang.

Dogtooth (2009)

Dogtooth
73 %
7.2/10
r 98m
Genre Drama
Stars Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Hristos Passalis
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Hoping to keep their three young-adult children under lock-and-key, a mother and father barricade them against the outside world by way of a towering fence that surrounds their entire property. On top of this, the parents invent a type of language all their own and keep the kids away from any bit of the socialized world. But after the father brings home a young woman for his son to sleep with, the metaphoric prison walls come toppling down. Dogtooth is one of writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos’ (The LobsterThe Favourite) first films, cementing aspects of his iconoclastic, auteur-driven approach that would become staples of his canon.

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
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.

Mandy (2018)

Mandy
81 %
6.5/10
r 122m
Genre Horror, Action, Thriller, Fantasy
Stars Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
Directed by Panos Cosmatos
Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) couldn’t have been a happier couple — until that one night. Living in an off-the-grid, glassed-in domicile in the Pacific Northwest, the couple has its tranquil existence savagely uprooted by one Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), the sadistic leader of the Children of the New Dawn cult. When the members do the unthinkable, Red sets out on a bloody journey for revenge. Motorcycle-riding BDSM demon folk, beware: Red is coming for all of you. Director Panos Cosmatos’ nightmarish Mandy is a brilliant bloodbath and a glorious homage to the gore-filled ’80s camp cinema that inspired the hallucinatory visuals and narrative mayhem.

Halloween (1978)

Halloween
87 %
7.7/10
r 91m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes
Directed by John Carpenter
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.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
78 %
7.5/10
r 83m
Genre Horror
Stars Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain
Directed by Tobe Hooper
After a series of grave robberies at a Texas cemetery, Sally (Marilyn Burns), her brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain), and three of their friends take a road trip to the burial grounds to ensure their grandfather’s headstone is intact. After a terrifying run-in with a deranged hitchhiker (Edwin Neal), the tweens try to make the most of the day and decide to drive to Sally’s grandfather’s house for a swim at the local watering hole. An idyllic summer afternoon becomes a nightmare when instead of having fun at the lake, the gang is besieged by a family of butchers-turned-cannibals. In part a response to the horrors of the ongoing Vietnam War, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is low-budget filmmaking at its finest. Gritty and all too real, the film would spawn an entire canon of films, novels, and comic books while also introducing the world to Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), the chainsaw-wielding king of the notorious people-eaters.

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
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.

Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

Haunters: The Art of the Scare
r 88m
Genre Documentary, Horror
Stars Jason Blum, McKenzie Westmore, Slash
Directed by Jon Schnitzer
In writer-director-producer Jon Schnitzer’s Haunters: The Art of the Scare, the filmmaker shines a light on the kind of hobbyists that make a neighborhood lively come Halloween: Home-haunters. From literal backyard operations to top-of-the-line enterprises, Schnitzer spends countless hours with the haunters, their friends and families, and the industry experts creating an all-encompassing portrait of the sweat, heart, and humanity (or lack thereof) that goes into producing a successful haunt attraction. One thing is for sure: It’s a year-round commitment with efforts often unpaid and underappreciated. Like any entrepreneurial endeavor, though, one must love what one does, or it’s all for nothing. Scaring innocent people is no different, apparently.

In Search of Darkness (2019)

In Search of Darkness
8/10
r 264m
Genre Documentary, Horror
Stars John Carpenter, Doug Bradley, Jeffrey Combs
Directed by David A. Weiner
There’s no doubt that the ’80s imbued today’s culture with trends, fashion, and other motifs that show no signs of stopping. Thanks to shows like Stranger Things and films like the two-part It remake, the ’80s continue to make waves, spawning other copycat media in its wake. There are entire categories on popular streamers like Netflix just for ’80s flicks, and there’s always more coming. In David A. Weiner’s In Search of Darkness we get a front-row seat to horror’s true golden age: The glorious 1980s. Featuring talking head interviews with filmmakers, performers, critics, and other movers and shakers, Weiner approaches the bloody decade year by year, focusing on the critical films that paved the way for modern horror cinema’s successful reign.

Creepshow (2019)

Creepshow
7.1/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Gregory Nicotero
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).

Cursed Films (2020)

Cursed Films
7.1/10
nr 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Created by Jay Cheel
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.

Eli Roth's History of Horror (2018)

Eli Roth's History of Horror
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Documentary
Cast Eli Roth
Who better to lead a highbrow talking-heads panel of horror film experts and creators than Eli Roth? Renowned for his own bloody contributions to the genre (Cabin Fever, Hostel, Knock Knock), the docuseries explores a series of subgenres within horror cinema, diving into the origins and cultural impacts of each vivisection. Focuses include ghosts, demons, haunted houses, vampires, and more. If you’re a fan of the series, a third season will be hitting AMC sometime later this year. Are you a devout cord-cutter? No worries. Season 3 will likely find its way to Shudder soon after its cable run.

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