Feeling isolated and bored? If you are practicing social distancing, Shudder has the solution for too much time on your hands.
Shudder is a unique streaming platform, because it caters only to lovers of horror, thrillers and sci-fi. You won’t find any romantic comedies, tear jerkers or kiddie flicks. What you WILL find is a mixture of classic and new genre-related films and series, many of which you have probably never seen, or even heard of. They also have a decent selection of Shudder Originals and Exclusives.
AMC-owned Shudder began US beta-testing in 2015 by invitation only, and expanded its reach the following year. A subscription is currently $5.99 per month if you pay as you go, or $56.99 for an annual subscription (which equals $4.75 per month), and Shudder normally offers a free 7-day trial.
On Monday of this week, however, Shudder made an announcement that is great news for those of you who have wanted to try out the service. As a cure for the stir-craziness may of us have been experiencing, Shudder is offering a free 30-day trial of their service if you use the code SHUTIN.
I am a paying subscriber to Shudder, and I personally love it. If you are wondering what is currently available, here are just a few of my best recommendations:
Movies to Enjoy:
- Mayhem – This Shudder Exclusive is what enticed me to subscribe in the first place. The Walking Dead’s Stephen Yuen (RIP, Glen) and the equally awesome Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) star in this fun, bloody, action-packed film about the “Red Eye” virus.
- Revenge – Another Shudder Exclusive, this one is also extremely bloody, but the subject matter is more serious. Jen is raped by one of her boyfriend’s two hunting buddies, then left for dead by the three men. She isn’t having it, and goes after them.
- Incident in a Ghostland – In this creepy, disturbing film, a mother and her two daughters are the victims of a brutal home invasion. Years later, one of the girls is still living in the past, and the other is living life as a successful writer. Spoiler alert: things are not as they seem.
- Hell House LLC – This Halloween haunted-attraction-gone-wrong film one is one of my favorite found footage movies. It’s creepy and actually scared me, and there are two sequels, also available on Shudder.
- The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs – You really can’t go wrong with any of the films available to watch on this fun series, which features commentary by Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl. My favorite movies have been Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2, Deathgasm, Wolf Cop, Tourist Trap and the entirety of the Red Christmas episode.
- NOS4A2 – Yes, this is the creepy series (based on the novel by Joe Hill) that originally ran on AMC. Season one can now be streamed on Shudder, so you can get caught up before season two begins.
- Creepshow – You are surely familiar with the movie and its sequel, but you probably haven’t seen this clever anthology series, which sticks to the tone of the original. Creepshow features stories by Stephen King and Joe Hill, among others.
If you are interested in taking advantage of the 30 day free trial, go to shudder.com and use the discount code SHUTIN at check out.
Are you currently a Shudder subscriber, or will you take advantage of the 30 day offer? What movies or series are you most eager to check out? Let us know in the comments section.