The best movies and shows on Shudder

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Horror cinema continues to proliferate streaming platforms across the web, on our mobile devices, and on our living room TVs. The genre itself is so popular that a dedicated category on Netflix, Hulu, and other competing streamers isn’t enough—Ghoul and Vamp need their own home. Thus, we have Shudder. Owned and operated by AMC Networks (responsible for Titans) breaking bad And the walking dead), Shudder is home to thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries and Shudder exclusives … and it All Horror. For fans of the genre and all its craziness and eerie manifestations, we’ve scoured Shudder’s extensive library to bring you this roundup of the best movies and shows on Shudder this month.

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Black Christmas (1974)

black christmas
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71%

65%

Style

horror, thriller, mystery

Stars

Olivia Hussey, Keir Dulia, Margot Kidder

the director

bob clark

R

98m

before john carpenter Halloween (also featured in this list), was a 1974 film by Bob Clarke black christmas, Widely considered the first true “slasher” film, Our Story follows the young residents of a sorority house as the Christmas break begins. It turns out that the house has been receiving horrific phone calls from an unknown person. Defying his taunts, the women soon find themselves in unbreakable peril as the maniac descends into their living quarters. Featuring early performances from Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder, black christmas Popularized several genre norms, including disguised killer POVs, which prefer movies Halloween will become the best identity for And guess what? That warm hug, holiday-classic a christmas story The one we all know and love? Yes it was directed by the same guy as black christmas, Think about that the next time you see Ralphie taking pot-shots at Black Bart and his gang.



Dogtooth (2009)

dogtooth

93%

73%

Style

Drama

Stars

Christos Stergioglu, Michel Valley, Histros Pasalis

the director

yorgos lanthimos

R

98m

Hoping to keep their three young-adult children under lock-in, a mother and father barricade them against the outside world through a massive fence that encircles their entire property. On top of this, the parents themselves invent a kind of language and keep the children away from any part of the social world. But when the father brings home a young woman to sleep with his son, the walls of the symbolic prison collapse. dogtooth The writer-director is one of Yorgos Lanthimos’ (prawn fish, the favorite) first films, reinforcing aspects of his iconoclastic, autism-driven approach that would become a mainstay of his theory.



Carnival of Souls (1962)

carnival of souls

Style

horror, mystery

Stars

Candace Hilligoss, Francis Feist, Sydney Berger

the director

Hurk Harvey

Postgraduate

78m

When a cliffside drag race ends in tragedy, the lone survivor, Mary (Candace Hiligos), walks away relatively unscathed – save for sightings of dead horses that begin to haunt her. Working as an organist and keeping herself in a boardinghouse, Mary does everything in her power to bring her life back to normal. But as her hallucinations grow in power, we begin to wonder why these ghostly spectators are drawn to our heroine. Before David Lynch and George Romero, there was Hurk Harvey, an industrial-fiction filmmaker who gave us carnival of souls A small but impressive entry into the world of horror cinema.



Mandy (2018)

Mandy

90%

81%

Style

Horror, Action, Thriller, Fantasy

Stars

Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roche

the director

Panos Cosmatos

R

122m

Red Miller (Nicholas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) may not have been a happy couple until that night. Living in an off-the-grid, glassed-in domicile in the Pacific Northwest, the couple has their own quiet existence, rooted out by one Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roche), the tragic leader of the Children of the New Dawn cult . When the members do the unthinkable, Red embarks on a bloody journey of revenge. BDSM demon folk riding a motorcycle, beware: red is coming You all, Director Panos Cosmatos’ Nightmare Mandy There’s a scintillating bloodbath and a scintillating homage to the gore-filled ’80s camp cinema that inspired the hallucinatory scenes and narrative mayhem.



Halloween (1978)

Halloween

96%

87%

Style

horror, thriller

Stars

Donald Delight, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kayes

the director

john carpenter

R

91m

On Halloween night, a young boy named Michael Myers grabbed a butcher’s knife, went upstairs to his sister’s bedroom and murdered her. Then, on Halloween Eve, some 15 years later, an adult Myers escapes from Smith’s Grove Sanatorium and returns to his stomping ground in Haddenfield to commit a second, more intense massacre. An iconic slasher and a powerhouse debut for John Carpenter lead actress Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween A significant contribution to the horror genre, it is remembered for its score, scares and simplicity. The original film would spawn several sequels and re-imaginations, but the 1978 classic is the gem most fans would call their favorite of the bunch.



the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

After a series of grisly robberies at a Texas cemetery, Sally (Marilyn Burns), her brother Franklin (Paul A. Parton), and three of their friends head to the burial ground to make sure their grandfather’s headstone remains intact. I take a road trip. After a terrible run-in with a deranged hitchhiker (Edwin Neal), the tweens try to make the most of the day and decide to head over to Sally’s grandfather’s house for a swim at the local watering hole. A pleasant summer afternoon turns into a nightmare when instead of having fun in the lake, the gang is cornered by a family of cannibals from the butchers.

Tobe Hoopers, in part in response to the horrors of the ongoing Vietnam War the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Low budget filmmaking is at its peak. Gritty and all-too-real, the film would spawn a whole canon of movies, novels, and comic books, while also introducing the world to Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), the king of the infamous people-eaters.

rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Paul A. Parton
Director: tobe hopper

Rating: R

Runtime: 83 minutes

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