Streaming service Shudder is full of excellent horror films, but which ones are most worth watching? The Shudder streaming service is owned and operated by AMC Networks and offers a wide variety of options for subscribers, whether they're looking for '80s classics, foreign hits, indie gems, new releases, or iconic films that have paved the way.
Like other streaming platforms, Shudder produces original content as well. The service also features over 50 collections for those looking to explore different sub-genres. In addition, Shudder has curated watch lists from industry people like Rich Sommer, Nick Antosca, Barbara Crampton, and Kumail Nanjiani.
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If you're not sure what horror film to stream next on Shudder, don't be afraid. Here are the best scary and creepy films of all description to watch on the best horror streaming service.
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Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, Stuart Gordon’s horror comedy Re-Animator blends smart dialogue with gory visuals. Right from the start, the film establishes a campy tone as Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) revives a dead colleague and delivers the now-iconic line, “I gave him life!” After the graphic pre-credits sequence, West continues his research at Miskatonic University while creeping out new roommate Dan (Bruce Abbott) and his girlfriend Megan (Barbara Crampton). In the film’s first half, Re-Animator hooks the audience through quotable dialogue, a wild re-animated cat scene, and Crampton’s undeniable star power. But it’s Re-Animator’s disturbing final act that may require an immediate re-watch.
To be clear, Re-Animator’s climax is not for everybody, even Shudder subscribers. A severed head essentially terrorizes the protagonists in a basement lab, but the dialogue hilariously complements the WTF visuals. As a director, Gordon clearly intends to shock the audience, but he does so through wink-of-the-eye humor. And that’s what makes Crampton’s lead performance so effective, as she plays it straight while her male co-stars camp it up. As a whole, Re-Animator doesn't take itself too seriously, and expects that viewers will embrace the comedy rather than frown upon the most problematic moments.
Night of the Living Dead
This George A. Romero classic is both timely and highly-influential. For one, Night of the Living Dead changed the game in 1968 with its powerful social commentary and black anti-hero, Ben (Duane Jones). In other words, it had something to say about American culture. The premise is seemingly simple: zombies emerge from a graveyard and locals flee to a nearby house for protection. Within this setting, however, the film explores race and gender while subverting expectations about how one should act during such a crisis.
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Night of the Living Dead doesn’t offer a tidy resolution. Inside the house, Ben makes some questionable decisions, but he’s merely trying to survive. Meanwhile, an older man locks his family in the basement while other survivors attempt to process media reports about the zombie invasion. From a 2019 perspective, the film holds up by emphasizing how people use information to align with their best interests. Some characters would rather stay in their comfort zone, while others realize they must escape and think about the larger picture. For one particular character, the narrative is especially complicated, evidenced by the film’s jaw-dropping conclusion. Shudder's new documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror expands on Night of the Living Dead's narrative subtext, along with the film's legacy.