Shudder has made an announcement worth celebrating: The horror streaming service has officially passed the one million subscribers mark.
AMC-owned Shudder debuted in 2015, and has steadily added fresh content since then. In 2016, it added Rob Zombie’s 31 two weeks before the DVD dropped, and the high point for original content were the additions of Mayhem and Revenge in 2018.
Also in 2018, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs nearly broke the internet with their 24-hour movie marathon. The marathon featured Tourist Trap and Sleepaway Camp, along with many other drive-in classics, and not long afterwards, Briggs was given his own weekly series.
Shudder began seeing a large number of new subscribers when they debuted the Creepshow series, modeled after the 1982 film of the same name, in September of last year. Creepshow broke Shudder’s streaming record and finished the year as one of the best-reviewed horror series of 2019.
Cursed Films followed with impressive numbers this year, and newly-released originals The Room, Z, The Beach House, and Host have also performed well. Host is consistently recognized as one of the best horror films of the year.
Recently, Shudder and AMC began cross-releasing content as well, with Creepshow first streaming on Shudder, then being added to the schedule on AMC. AMC’s NOS4A2 was treated the same way, with the series first playing out on AMC, then streaming on Shudder shortly thereafter.
Throughout the year, seasonal content and collections are added. For example, September and October bring us the “Ghoul Log”, which allows viewers to stream a burning jack-o-lantern (much as people do during Christmas with the yule log video footage). This October will also bring us a Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs Halloween special, and some promised surprise movies to look forward to as part of Shudder’s 61 Days of Halloween.
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