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Shudder: Horror Streaming Service Launches

For the first time, horror fans have an online streaming video service built for the true enthusiast — Shudder. The new horror subscription video service, which is curated by horror aficionados with a deep love and passion for the many varieties and genres of horror, has entered its open beta phase and is publicly available as of today. No email request is required – horror fans can sign up and start streaming instantly. In addition to the desktop version of Shudder that launched recently in closed beta, members can now access Shudder instantly on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as on Roku players and Roku TV models. During the open beta phase Shudder will continue to test the service on new platforms, and will develop additional features and enhancements, such as search functionality. Shudder will expand to additional streaming devices, including Chromecast, in the coming months.

Fans can start their free trial today at www.Shudder.com and sign-up thereafter for a $4.99 monthly/ $49.99 yearly membership to Shudder.

Shudder offers a wide variety of films that spans all decades and subgenres of horror, from hard-to-find independent fare to cult grindhouse classics to Hollywood blockbusters. At launch, the list of titles in the Shudder library includes An American Werewolf in London, The Evil Dead, A Tale of Two Sisters, Deep Red, and Sleepaway Camp with more added on a regular basis.

Shudder’s team of curators has secured a diverse and exceptional collection of classic, foreign, and independent films for launch and will continually add to the growing library over time. In addition to curating the best “Screams on Demand,” the Shudder team has organized their films into compelling collections including Slashics, Spectral Encounters, and Zombie Jamboree for easy discovery and to further develop the best experience for horror enthusiasts.

Shudder will continually add new titles to the service every month, and this month’s new additions include classic films like C.H.U.D., Re-Animator, Hellraiser, House, and The Hills Have Eyes (1977). The service also introduced two new collections this week: Eco Terror and Alien Intruders.

“Horror fans are often pigeonholed when it comes to programming preference, but there are actually many divisions within the genre,” said Colin Geddes, lead curator for Shudder. “Our expanding library attempts to cater to every type of horror fan.”

Geddes comes from the film festival world, where he has been selecting cutting-edge films for the Toronto International Film Festival since 1998! As programmer for TIFF’s Midnight Madness and Vanguard selections, he introduced new talent and hosted the premieres of beloved films including Miike Takashi’s Ichi the Killer; Alex Aja’s High Tension; Jim Mickle’s Stakeland; James Wan’s Insidious; Mike Flanagan’s Oculus; and Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and Hostel. Geddes and the team of curators bring their dedication to quality selection to Shudder’s variety of films.

In celebration of the service’s launch, Shudder is offering a 14-day free trial prior to membership purchase. At this time, the service is available in the United States through Shudder’s website, a streaming channel for Roku players and Roku TV models, and smartphone applications. Shudder expects to expand access to additional streaming devices like Chromecast in the coming months. For only $4.99 a month, Shudder members will have unlimited access to the entire film library. Currently, Shudder TV, the service’s 24/7 constant stream of horror, is available for free to all users. The preprogrammed feed acts as a non-stop horror channel, offering Shudder users a frightening lean-back experience. With Shudder’s boutique approach to programming curation and community building for horror fans, Shudder members will get a scream out of this new, ad-free premium streaming video channel.

For instant access to a free trial of Shudder or to learn more about membership, please visit: www.Shudder.com. iOS users can download Shudder from the Apple App Store. Android users can download Shudder from the Google Play Store. Roku customers can visit the Roku Channel Store to add the Shudder channel to their Roku player or Roku TV model.

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21 Comments
  • Javi Simon

    Ahhhh, yeaaa.

  • Lucca Cantisano

    Aaaaaand I can’t have it because I’m not in the US, great…

    • K-Dogg

      Yup, can’t since I’m in Canada….pretty stupid. Good luck with all that.

      • Mightygil

        yup, typical. I guess I’ll have to wait cuz I’m ready to give them my (Canadian) money

  • Gary Grinch

    I’ll for sure check that out once I add more data to my phone. I’m not used to using a phone for internet, have always used Cable/DSL. So with a cell phone it will take some time to figure out how much data you personally need from month to month. Started rambling sorry you all.

  • I’ll be giving this a try when I get home!

  • Luis

    Would be awesome if they had a wider selection but went thru there collection and it was lacking would love a streaming service with every horror movie but gotta say Netflix has more

    • Wade Gillis

      Netflix may have the quantity but Shudder has the quality.

      • JeffSmith

        They really don’t. It’s mostly cheap crap with a few gems that you have to find yourself by dumb luck.

        • Milliken Steeler

          No its not. I saw a bunch of classics in just the first few minutes looking. if you cant be honest, you shouldn’t post about it.

          • JeffSmith

            When I posted this four months ago, I was right. Maybe they’ve improved since then.

  • ThunderDragoon

    This could be a beast in a few months. 😀

  • Willie

    This is awesome. I’ll give it a few more months or so for them to add more titles to their website before I check it out.

  • Josh Fonner

    This is a great service, but Screambox has been out a couple months already, so it’s not the first.

  • JeffSmith

    They appear to be using the term “Curated” very loosely. It’s mostly a bunch of cheaply licensed horror content, with imdb’d descriptions and categories. If there was any thought put into any of it, I couldn’t detect it.

    • Milliken Steeler

      Demons, Demons 2, Eveil Dead, House, Chud, Im not even gonna waste my time listing any more titles. Your idea of a good horror movie is probably watching the twilight saga

  • kirarozu

    I got shudder and i honestly loved it because the only thing I love to watch is horror. But now I can’t even open the website to browse >.<

  • Nick Salazar

    the app is amazing. Just bought the monthly 4$ a month glad it automatically renews too and i am also glad the 5$ a month guys get the same experence as the 50$ a month a year guy. this has been what i have been waiting for as a horror movie fan a dedicated app done the right way with movies and a 24/7 TV channel. All horror fans subscribe i recomend it and also want this app to get a bunch of people so it can become the best streaming app of all time. it already is in my opinion

  • Tom Felton

    Not available in Canada why?

  • Mallory

    When they say classic I assume Child’s Play, Hannibal, alot of Steven King, Halloween, etc etc
    And I didn’t see any of those in any selections.

    • Mallory

      Especially when they reference Child’s Play by quoting Chucky on the site.

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