Shudder review: Cost, free trial, features and more

Shudder highlights 

Shudder review 

Shudder is a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service that focuses entirely on horror movies and thrillers. Owned by AMC Networks, Shudder launched in 2016. It’s one of four streaming services the network operates. AMC Networks has reported substantial growth in recent years — the company expects to have more than seven million subscribers by 2024

Is Shudder worth it? Shudder costs $4.75/mo. which is less than Hulu Basic ($5.99/mo.), Netflix Basic ($8.99/mo.) and Crunchyroll ($7.99/mo.) Shudder delivers an ad-free experience that allows you to get lost in the story without pesky commercial breaks. Even though Shudder has a substantial collection of films, there’s a gap when it comes to popular and classic horror titles. Shudder also has lots of exclusive original programming to complement its range of horror programming. 

Shudder plans and pricing 

Shudder, like most niche streaming services, only offers one plan.

 Shudder
Monthly price$4.75
Free trial length7 days
Number of titles300+
Cloud DVR storageNo
Ad-freeYes
Streaming qualityUp to 1080p

Shudder add-ons

You can get the service either as a standalone app or an add-on through Amazon Prime Video or YouTube TV. You can’t add premium channels or other add-ons to your Shudder account. The service doesn’t offer cloud DVR storage, simultaneous streaming or offline viewing functionality. 

What to watch on Shudder

Shudder contains over a thousand hours of content. The movies in its catalog tend to lean more towards B-rated films and unknowns. 

Movies that appear in Shudder’s list of available titles include Empathy Inc, Frankenstein, Hansel & Gretel Get Baked, Housewife, Howl, In The Mouth Of Madness, Luciferina, Red Christmas, Replace, Return of the Living Dead 3, Satanic Panic, Some Kind of Hate, Tetsuo The Iron Man and Wendigo. 

Other options include titles such as Escape From New York, Halloween, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Heathers, Kill Your Friends, Magic Magic, Old Boy, Prom Night, Pusher, Pusher II, Pusher III, Secret Window, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary, The Fog and The Hills Have Eyes

Shudder has plenty of original and exclusive content, with some titles brought to you by big names in the genre like Neil Gaiman and Rob Zombie. Shudder’s catalog features several original movies, including A Bluebird in My Heart, All The Creatures Were Stirring, Bliss, Daniel Isn’t Real, Beast, Blind Sun, Boar, Christmas Presence, Cold Hell, Cold Skin, Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, Don’t Leave Home, Downrange, Gwen, Haunt, Hell House, LLC: Lake of Fire III, Horror Noire, Incident In A Ghostland, Lizzie, Mandy, Mon Mon Mon Monsters!, Nekrotronic, Nightmare Cinema, Party Hard, Die Young, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Re: Born, Revenge, Ruin Me, Satan’s Slaves, Sequence Break, Summer of 84, Terrified, Tigers Are Not Afraid, Trivisa, The Crucifixion, The Head Hunter, The Marshes, The Nightshifter, The Noonday Witch and The Witch Window

There are far fewer series than movies on Shudder. Most shows are Shudder originals or exclusives, but there are a few licensed choices like Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, Channel Zero: The Dream Door, Deadly Manners, Eli Roth’s History of Horror, NOS4A2 and Rillington Place. Shudder originals also include A Discovery of Witches, Black Lake, Born To Kill, Creepshow, Deadwax, Likely Stories, Missions, She Kills, The Dead Lands, The Valley and Wolf Creek

User experience 

Shudder’s user interface has a dark greyscale background with a black menu bar accented by Shudder’s signature red. The menu provides access to various collections, including Movies, Series and Shudder TV. 

There’s a useful filtering tool in the Movies section you can use to find specific subgenres such as Comedy, Creature Features, Crime & Mystery, Cult, Documentary, Exclusive & Original, International, Killers, Paranormal, Psychological Thriller, Revenge, Sci-fi and Shorts. 

Shudder only offers one user profile per account and doesn’t have simultaneous streaming. Closed captioning is only available on select titles.  

There are a number of ways you can watch Shudder. The service has apps for mobile devices and smart TVs. You can also choose to watch Shudder directly in your web browser by navigating to Shudder’s website. 

Device compatibility 

The Shudder app compatible with the following devices:

Shudder features you’ll love

While Shudder doesn’t offer options like cloud DVR storage or simultaneous streaming, it has plenty of features for you to enjoy. 

Watch in up to 1080p 

Shudder provides 1080p streaming. Unfortunately, you can’t stream most older titles in high definition (HD). That said, you can watch the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in HD. 

Free web version 

You can enjoy select new and classic titles on Shudder’s website for free. Without a paid subscription, you can only view titles when they air — which can be random. 

No ads 

If there’s one thing Shudder gets, it’s the horror experience. Nothing is worse than a commercial break interrupting that special moment when the tension of a film is at its peak. Thankfully, Shudder streaming provides an ad-free experience to ensure the ultimate scare. 

The takeaway 

Shudder is a great niche VOD streaming service that caters to horror fans’ unique sensibilities. There are plenty of unusual titles, a few well-known names and tons of thrills. Shudder doesn’t provide the features you get with a streaming service like Netflix — you can’t stream simultaneously with other members of your family or watch offline without an internet connection. But Shudder lets you stream most of its catalog in 1080p while also offering a decent selection of both original and exclusive programming. If you’re a fan of horror movies and shows, then Shudder is a great choice — particularly when added to a more comprehensive service such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix or YouTube TV. But if you want to make sure you can always take advantage of Shudder’s free seven-day trial. 

Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of soda.com. He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.