Shudder (streaming service)

Shudder is an American over-the-top subscription video on demand service featuring horror, thriller and supernatural fiction titles owned and operated by AMC Networks.[1]

Shudder
Shudder-logo-flat.png
Type of site
VOD streaming service
Available inEnglish
Founded2015
Headquarters
United States
OwnerAMC Networks
URLshudder.com
RegistrationMonthly subscription through authorized distributor required to access content

DistributionEdit

Shudder began with an invite-only beta testing in the United States the summer of 2015.[2] By October 2016, Shudder was fully out of beta testing and had expanded to Canada,[3] the United Kingdom and Ireland.[4]

Shudder is available on Android and Apple mobile devices, Amazon Fire devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast[5] as well as subscription via Amazon Video[1] in monthly or annual subscriptions.[5] Shudder was also available as part of the VRV combo pack from August 2017 through July 2019.[6][7]

In the US, a monthly subscription currently runs at 5.99 dollars each month, while in other countries the price is adjusted according to the local currency.[8]

The Shudder website also airs a free pre-programmed feed called shudder.tv.[2]

On 16 August 2020, Shudder extended its operations to Australia and New Zealand.[9][10]

ContentEdit

In October 2016, Aja Romano writing for Vox noted that Shudder had over 500 horror films with their closest competitor, Screambox, carrying 400.[11] Romano said Shudder had an "impressive selection of higher-quality films."[11] Charlie Lyne, writing for The Guardian, notes that the UK version of Shudder carried around 200 films.[4]

Channel curators Sam Zimmerman and Colin Geddes offer categories like "Urban Decay", "Slashics", and "Not Your Ordinary Bloodsucker",[11] which break the library down to specific sub-categories. Zimmerman previously worked for Fangoria and Shock Til You Drop[12] while Geddes was previously a film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.[12]

In late 2016, Shudder began carving out windows of exclusivity, premiering Rob Zombie's 31 two weeks before the DVD release[13] and exclusively carrying the 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm.[3]

In another streaming exclusive, in March 2017, Shudder began carrying the full 109-minute unrated version of The Devils. This is the first time since the film's release in 1971 that the unrated cut of the film has been available in the United States.[14]

In June 2017, Shudder announced a full slate of original series in development, including Riprore, from director Patty Jenkins, and an adaptation of Emily Schultz's novel, The Blondes.[15]

In 2018, Shudder continued to release exclusive and original films and series, including Mayhem starring Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, Downrange directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, Revenge, and the Syfy series Channel Zero and others.[16]

In July 2018, Shudder hosted a 24-hour live event with legendary horror host Joe Bob Briggs titled The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs during which fans got to watch films such as Tourist Trap and Sleepaway Camp with Joe Bob's famous commentary included throughout.[17] During the premiere, Shudder's servers crashed as a result of an overwhelming amount of subscribers attempting to access the service's new Live Stream feature. Despite the server errors, the series received critical acclaim from critics and horror fans alike. Shortly after the marathon, Shudder announced that they were bringing Briggs back for additional events in 2018 and 2019. On July 20, Shudder announced on social media the series would be returning for a full 9-episode season. After success with season 1, a second season was confirmed on May 22, 2019.[18]

Since January 23, 2020, Shudder has distributed The Dead Lands, a supernatural Māori–theme supernatural series set in pre-contact New Zealand, that was jointly produced by AMC and New Zealand public broadcaster TVNZ. Shudder distributes the series in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland while TVNZ On Demand has distribution rights for New Zealand.[19][20]

ExclusivesEdit

Shudder exclusives
Title Release date Notes
Beyond the Walls October 20, 2016 TV miniseries
Therapy November 17, 2016
31 December 7, 2016
Shrew's Nest December 8, 2016
Dearest Sister January 12, 2017
Sadako vs. Kayako January 26, 2017
Blind Sun February 9, 2017
Phantasm: Ravager February 14, 2017
We Go On February 22, 2017
Always Shine March 7, 2017
Prevenge March 24, 2017
Jordskott April 6, 2017 TV series
We Are the Flesh April 20, 2017
Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl May 4, 2017
Lake Bodom May 18, 2017
Noroi: The Curse June 1, 2017
Among the Living June 15, 2017
Show Pieces June 26, 2017
Kuso July 21, 2017
Small Town Killers August 17, 2017
Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories August 31, 2017 TV miniseries
Seoul Station October 5, 2017
Can't Take It Back October 12, 2017
Found Footage 3D October 26, 2017 Available in 2D and 3D
Spookers October 26, 2017
Better Watch Out December 7, 2017
Black Lake December 21, 2017
Don't Grow Up January 11, 2018
Jordskott season 2 January 18, 2018
Mayhem February 1, 2018
Dead Shack February 15, 2018
Last Ones Out March 1, 2018
Cold Hell March 15, 2018
Mon Mon Mon Monsters March 29, 2018
Born to Kill April 12, 2018 TV miniseries
Downrange April 26, 2018
Still/Born May 10, 2018
The Noonday Witch May 10, 2018
Sequence Break May 24, 2018
Supermax June 28, 2018
Trepalium July 12, 2018
Ruin Me July 19, 2018
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil July 26, 2018 Seasons 1 & 2
Channel Zero: Candle Cove August 9, 2018
Ängelby August 23, 2018
Hell House LLC 2: The Abaddon Hotel September 20, 2018
All the Creatures Were Stirring December 13, 2018
Cold Skin January 10, 2019
Don't Leave Home January 31, 2019
Beast February 14, 2019
The Crucifixion February 14, 2019
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich March 7, 2019
Critters: A New Binge March 21, 2019
Lizzie April 11, 2019
Monster Party April 25, 2019
The Nightshifter May 23, 2019
Boar June 6, 2019
Incident in a Ghostland August 15, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid September 12, 2019
Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire September 19, 2019
One Cut of the Dead September 24, 2019
The Furies October 3, 2019
Haunt October 24, 2019
Halloween Hootenanny October 25, 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Roettgers, Janko (November 22, 2016). "Rob Zombie's Latest Horror Movie '31' Coming Only to Shudder Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Roettgers, Janko (June 9, 2015). "AMC Beta-Tests Streaming Service for Horror Fans (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Newman, Heather (October 31, 2016). "AMC's Shudder Serves Up The Streaming Horror For Halloween". Forbes. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lyne, Charlie (October 29, 2016). "Scary movie site Shudder is resurrecting the horror of the TV schedules". The Guardian. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Miska, Brad (July 15, 2015). "Shudder: Horror Streaming Service Launches". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  6. ^ @WatchVRV (11 August 2017). "We've added Shudder to the VRV Combo Pack at no extra charge!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Shudder changes on VRV". VRV. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  8. ^ "How Much Does Shudder Cost?". RLJ Entertainment. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  9. ^ "Horror streaming platform Shudder arrives in New Zealand". New Zealand Herald. 17 August 2020. Archived from the original on 11 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  10. ^ Frater, Patrick (16 August 2020). "AMC's Shudder Streaming Service Launching in Australia, New Zealand". Variety. Archived from the original on 18 August 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  11. ^ a b c Romano, Aja (October 18, 2016). "Shudder, AMC's horror-only streaming service, beats other scary sites at their own game". Vox. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Hutchinson, Sean (August 30, 2016). "Two Horror Experts Are Leading Fans Down a Bloody Path". Inverse. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Squires, John (November 23, 2016). "Rob Zombie's '31' Landing Exclusively on Shudder in December". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  14. ^ Rife, Katie (March 15, 2017). "Ken Russell's widely banned The Devils makes a surprise appearance on Shudder". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  15. ^ "AMC Networks' Streaming Service Shudder Launches Original Programming With 'Primal Screen' Doc (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  16. ^ "Check out Only On Shudder on Shudder". SHUDDER. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  17. ^ Colburn, Randall. "Shudder bringing back Joe Bob Briggs after his recent marathon crashed its servers". avclub.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Shudder Orders The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs Season 2". ScreenRant. 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  19. ^ Collis, Clark (5 December 2019). "The newly deceased hunt the living in trailer for Shudder TV's The Dead Lands". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  20. ^ Webb-Liddall, Alice (24 January 2020). "How The Dead Lands hopes to change New Zealand television". The Spinoff. Archived from the original on 24 January 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.

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