The Best Horror Movies on Shudder (July 2024)

Shudder is a fantastic place for horror fans to stream classic horror and to discover new favorites.

Late Night with the Devil is one of the most talked about horror movies of 2024.

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Launched in 2015, Shudder quickly grew into the leading streaming service for fans of the horror genre. While all of the most well-known streamers such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and even Disney Plus often have good selections of horror movies available, Shudder is dedicated to providing the best streaming value for all fans of horror and other closely related genres.

The “Storm Drain” segment from V/H/S/94 (2021).

Shudder has a collection of well over 500 movies, with a steady rotation of new additions every month. The catalog is curated to include horror staples like Prom Night (1980), lesser-known gems like Hell House LLC (2015) and its sequels, and regularly includes films from horror icons including John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Rob Zombie, Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, and many more.

Rob Zombie's 31 (2016).
One of Shudder’s first exclusives was Rob Zombie’s 31 (2016) which released on the service two weeks before becoming available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Where Shudder really shines is in its ever-growing library of exclusive movies from around the world. Every month sees new “Shudder Originals” and “Shudder Exclusives” premiering on the service. A Shudder Original is a movie which the company has bought the streaming distribution rights to and will only be available on Shudder and AMC Plus (Shudder’s parent company), at least for a certain period of time. A Shudder Exclusive similarly won’t be available to stream as part of any service other than Shudder and AMC Plus, but it may also be made available for temporary rental on other VOD services.

Best Shudder Originals & Exclusives

Exhuma (2024)

Exhuma (2024)
Exhuma is a highly entertaining South Korean film from writer and director Jang Jae-hyun.

Exhuma begins as a story about a shaman and her partner who are called to deal with a supernatural illness which is affecting members of a wealthy family. The shaman, Lee Hwa-rim, determines that the cause of the family’s suffering has something to do with with an ancestor’s spirit—and the ancestor’s dead body—so she seeks help from a feng shui master and a mortician who are knowledgeable about occult practices. Their attempts to aid the family uncover dark secrets, a troubling history, and something that should have stayed buried. In a way, Exhuma is like two stories in one as a bad situation takes a surprising turn and becomes something much worse.

Stopmotion (2023)

Stopmotion (2023)
Stopmotion blends live-action and stop motion animation to create a sumpremely creepy atmosphere.

Stopmotion is about a stop motion filmmaker whose creative block and mental instability lead to a psychological nightmare. Ella has worked as an animator for years under the strict direction of her mother. When her mother has a stroke and falls into a coma, Ella decides to abandon the project they were working on and finally create the movie she wants to make. The problem is, Ella doesn’t have a strong creative vision. She enlists the aid of a young girl who lives in her apartment complex, but the girl’s ideas become darker and darker as Ella’s mental state deteriorates.

Infested (2023)

Infested (aka Vermines)
Infested (original title: Vermines) is the debut feature from French filmmaker Sébastien Vanicek.

Infested is everything you could want in a horror movie about spiders. It’s dark, creepy, tense, exciting, gross, and even a little humorous at times. The story is about about a man, Kaleb (Théo Christine), who buys a black-market spider to add to his collection of exotic creatures. Unfortunately for Kaleb and every other person in his apartment complex, the spider escapes almost immediately and commences breeding and feeding at a terrifyingly rapid rate. Within hours the entire complex is overrun with spiders, and everyone who is still alive is in a desperate fight to survive and escape. Infested is great, and it’s one of the best horror films released in 2024.

Late Night with the Devil (2023)

Ingrid Torelli as Lilly in Late Night with the Devil (2023).
Ingrid Torelli is excellent as the possessed young woman named Lilly.

Late Night with the Devil became one of the most-discussed and well-received horror movies in 2024, and with good reason. It is a clever mixture of pseudo-documentary and found footage that immerses viewers in a fictional late-night talk show from the 1970s. The highlight of the evening is supposed to be a real conversation with “the devil,” as facilitated through a young woman who is possessed. But the demons lurking on the TV set and in the past of host Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian) want to do more than just talk to the audience.

Birth/Rebirth (2023)

Birth/Rebirth (2023)
Birth/Rebirth was inspired by the story of Frankenstein.

Birth/Rebirth is a tale of two mothers. First is Celie (Judy Reyes), the birth mother of a little girl, Lila (A.J. Lister). When Lila dies, she is brought back to life by Rose (Marin Ireland), a morgue technician who experiments with life and death. So, in a way, Rose is Lila’s mother by rebirth. When Celie and Rose come together, Birth/Rebirth explores how far each of them are willing to go to in order to protect the life of Lila.

When Evil Lurks (2023)

When Evil Lurks (2023)
When Evil Lurks was released in limited theaters on October 6th, 2023 before streaming on Shudder later in the month on October 27th.

When Evil Lurks is a horror movies from director Demián Rugna, the same director of the standout Shudder movie Terrified (2017). When Evil Lurks is set in a remote part of Argentina where a demonic force has possessed someone. Attempts to destroy the demon only make things worse, leading to horrific results spreading throughout the local community.

Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor (2023)

Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor (2023)
Hell House LLC Origins cleverly sets itself apart from the other movies in the Hell House LLC franchise, while tying its story directly into the overarching lore of the series.

With three Hell House LLC movies set in the Abaddon Hotel, the franchise definitely benefited from a change of venue. Hell House LLC Origins is set in the Carmichael Manor, a sprawling residence with ties to the events seen in the previous films. A trio of investigators plan to spend a few nights in the supposedly haunted manor, and what we see is footage of their ill-fated investigation in the form of a mockumentary.

Unwelcome (2022)

Unwelcome (2023)
Unwelcome features smart special effects and set dressing that help make the entire movie feel a little unreal, kind of like a twisted fairy tale.

Unwelcome is a very welcome return to the tiny-monster movies of the 1980s. A couple traumatized by a home invasion move to an old house in the Irish countryside. What the don’t realize is that the local stories of the goblin-like Far Darrig aren’t just quaint fairy tales. Also, the Far Darrig (aka Redcaps) are not very friendly.

Huesera: The Bone Woman (2022)

Huesera The Bone Woman (2022)
Huesera: The Bone Woman (2022) is Michelle Garza Cervera’s first feature as a director. (pictured: Natalia Solián as Valeria)

Huesera: The Bone Woman is a dark and disturbing supernatural film with elements of body horror. Valeria wants to be a mother, but after becoming pregnant her whole world starts to change. Valeria is increasingly attacked by a supernatural presence which leads her to do unspeakable things and to take drastic measures to free herself and her child from the grip of the Bone Woman.

Skinamarink (2022)

Skinamarink (2022)
Skinamarink became a viral sensation in 2022 when it leaked online and became popular on TikTok.

To claim Skinamarink is one of the best movies on Shudder is sure to be a divisive decision. Looking at online rankings and listening to chatter gives the impression that most people either love or loathe this experimental horror film. Regardless, it was one of the most talked about movies in certain circles in 2022. The story is about two young children who wake up late at night and discover that doors, windows, objects, and even their father are disappearing. However, the story is secondary to the creepy atmosphere the movie creates. Turn on Skinamarink late at night when you’re just starting to get sleepy for the best effect out of this nightmarish movie.

Watcher (2022)

Maika Monroe in Watcher (2022)
Watcher is the feature-length directing debut of Chloe Okuno. (pictured: Maika Monroe as Julia)

Watcher is an intense stalker thriller written and directed by Chloe Okuno (writer/director of the “Storm Drain” segment in V/H/S/94). Maika Monroe stars as Julia, an American woman who moves to Bucharest with her husband Francis (Karl Glusman). Julia is isolated in her new home by the language barrier and by the fact that her husband is always at work, but she notices someone paying way attention too much attention to her from a window in a neighboring apartment building. Julia is being watched… or is she?

They Live in the Grey (2022)

They Live in the Grey (2022).
While making They Live in the Grey, directors Burlee and Abel Vang drew on their own experiences watching their mother’s grief over losing a child.

With a spooky atmosphere, a heart-wrenching story, and a solid mystery, They Live in the Grey is a great ghost movie in the spirit of The Sixth Sense (1999). Claire (Michelle Krusiec) is a social worker assigned to a case of possible child abuse. Claire is still dealing with the loss of her own child, and the case is bringing up feelings she may not be ready for. On top of that, Claire lives in constant fear of her ability/curse of seeing ghosts wherever she goes. When she learns there may be a supernatural element to her latest case, Claire is forced to decide how far she will go to help the child she’s been sent to care for.

The Sadness (2021)

The Sadness (2021).
Canadian filmmaker Rob Jabbaz made The Sadness while living in Taiwan.

A virus causing people to act on their darkest impulses kicks off a rampage of sexual violence and a whole lot of gore in The Sadness. The foundation of the story involves Jim (Berant Zhu) and Kat (Regina Lei) attempting to find each other while the population of Taiwan goes insane, and along the way both Jim and Kat have a series of deadly encounters. Big, bloody set pieces containing some of the most extreme violence in modern horror make The Sadness one of the most can’t-miss horror movies on Shudder.

Seance (2021)

Seance (2021).
Seance is the first feature film directed by Simon Barrett, a filmmaker who is better known for his writing including the script for You’re Next (2011).

Seance (2021) may surprise a lot of viewers (in a good way) with its clever mixing of a fairly straightforward teen slasher and a ghost movie. As the film begins, an elitist clique at an all-girls private school plays a prank on a classmate by pretending to summon the ghost which is supposed to haunt their dorm. The prank leads to tragedy, but the mean girls don’t learn their lesson. When a new student arrives and gets on the bad side of the clique, the girls, one by one, begin to wind up either missing or dead. Everyone must then work together to discover the truth behind the events before it is too late. With a light mystery, some spooky moments, and a fun finale, Seance delivers a great time for those in the mood for some light genre entertainment.

V/H/S/94 (2021)

V/H/S/94 (2021).
V/H/S/94 was the most-watched movie on Shudder in 2021.

After the non-found-footage spinoff Siren (2016) and a Snapchat series in 2018, V/H/S/94 (2021) was able to revitalize the waning V/H/S franchise by getting back to what made it so appealing in the first place. V/H/S/94 is a horror anthology movie consisting of four segments and a frame story, all presented in the found footage format. The movie provides a good time with gore, camp, and some great monsters. Contributing filmmakers include Jennifer Reeder, Chloe Okuno, Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto, and Ryan Prows. The movie’s 1990s aesthetic not only wisely capitalizes on 90s nostalgia, but it also helps to give V/H/S/94 a distinct personality within the franchise.

The Medium (2021)

The Medium (2021).
The director of The Medium, Banjong Pisanthanakun, also codirected Shutter (2004), one of the more well-known horror films from Thailand.

The Medium (2021) begins as a pseudo-documentary, but it ends up more like a found-footage film as dictated by the movie’s sequence of events and wildly entertaining finale. Initially, the movie is presented as footage for a documentary about Nim, a Thai woman who is possessed by a minor deity. Nim’s possession is a good thing, and it allows her to act as her village’s shaman. As the documentary crew follows Nim, it becomes apparent that her niece Mink has become possessed by something sinister. Mink begins to take the central role for the documentary crew as her possession becomes more and more dangerous for herself and everyone around her. With a runtime of over two hours, The Medium can be a bit of a slow burn, but the later scenes are definitely worth the buildup.

Host (2020)

Host (2020).
The cast and one of the cowriters of Host successfully Kickstarted an FMV video game titled Ghosts in 2021.

Host (2020) is a popular (and quite effective) horror movie made in an offshoot of the found footage style known as “screenlife.” The movie takes place completely on a Zoom video call used by a group of friends to keep in touch during lockdown. One of the friends invites a medium to hold a séance on the call. Though the séance was supposed to be a prank, it seems to open a pathway for a sinister presence to begin tormenting everyone on the call. While not the first movie of its kind, Host became a minor hit thanks in large part to its timing which capitalized on a time period in which many people were dealing with the emotional weight of prolonged isolation.

Color Out of Space (2019)

Color Out of Space (2019), based on the story by HP Lovecraft.
Color Out of Space is the first feature film from director Richard Stanley since he was fired from the notoriously disastrous production of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

Color Out of Space is a beautiful and quirky adaptation of the story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft. Nicolas Cage stars as Nathan Gardner, the patriarch of a family who has moved to Nathan’s late father’s farm house. After a meteor crashes onto their property, odd occurrences begin to happen on the farm including unusual plant and animal mutations, as well as experiences of time loss and altered personalities. The occurrences get worse quite quickly, leading to a finale filled with gorgeous colors and disturbing body horror.

Impetigore (2019)

Impetigore (2019).
Impetigore was first announced in 2011 complete with early poster art, though production for the project was put on hold until late 2018.

Impetigore (2019) is a superb Indonesian folk horror movie from Joko Anwar, director of Satan’s Slaves (2017). The film begins with an intense scene in which a tollbooth worker, Maya, is violently attacked by a man who appears to know something about Maya’s family history. After the attack, Maya learns that she may be the inheritor of her family’s estate, and she travels to the small village where she was born in hopes of selling her family home. There is something extremely odd about the village though, not the least of which being the disproportionate number of children’s graves. Maya quickly becomes the focus of a disturbing, tension-filled plot involving the supernatural and the superstitious.

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Tony Todd in Horror Noire (2019).
Tony Todd is one of the many actors and filmmakers interviewed for Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) is a fascinating documentary that traces the history of Black actors and filmmakers in relation to horror cinema. The film looks at the evolution and impact Black characters (and stereotypes) have had on screen, and it examines the influence Black filmmakers have had on horror movies from behind the camera. Horror Noire is essential viewing for all fans of horror movies, and it features input from many highly respected figures in horror including Jordan Peele, Tony Todd, Ken Foree, Rachel True, Rusty Cundieff, Keith David, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., and many more.

Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)

Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017).
Tigers Are Not Afraid was written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Issa López.

Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) blends fantasy and reality in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), though the end result feels much more grounded rather than fantastical. The movie is set in a Mexican city that is under constant fear of death and destruction from an ongoing wave of crime. A young girl named Estrella returns home after an attack on her school to discover that her mother is missing. With her mother likely murdered or kidnapped, Estrella joins a group of young boys who are on the run from a local gang of human traffickers. Estrella keeps seeing and hearing a ghostly presence that sounds like her mother as the kids do their best to survive on the streets. Tigers Are Not Afraid is quite grim, yet it’s a powerful look at a grim reality.

Mayhem (2017)

Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving in Mayhem (2017).
The director of Mayhem, Joe Lynch, also directed the underrated action film Everly (2014) starring Salma Hayek.

Starring Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, 2010-2016) and Samara Weaving (Ready or Not, 2019), Mayhem (2017) is a film filled with bloody carnage set inside an office building. A virus known as “Red Eye” which causes people to lose all social and moral inhibitions has been spreading throughout the world. On the day Derek Cho (Yeun) is fired for something he didn’t do, the virus is unleashed in the building just as he is being escorted to the door. The staff is infected, causing everyone to act on their wildest and darkest impulses. Mayhem takes the stresses and injustices of the corporate world and channels them into a fantastically fun barrage of violence.

Mon Mon Mon Monsters! (2017)

Mon Mon Mon Monsters! (2017).
Mon Mon Mon Monsters was originally envisioned as a mockumentary.

Mon Mon Mon Monsters is a clever and brutal Taiwanese monster movie in which the “monsters” take many forms. After trying to expose a group of bullies for stealing class money, nerdy high school student Lin Shuwei is forced to do community service with his relentless tormentors. During their service, Lin and his bullies encounter a flesh-eating monster. They end up capturing the human-like creature and holding it prisoner as they take turns torturing it, blurring the lines between monster and victim. The result is a surprisingly engaging dark comedy with some incredibly memorable scenes of violence and gore.

One Cut of the Dead (2017)

One Cur of the Dead (2017).
The 37-minute opening shot in One Cut of the Dead took six takes.

One Cut of the Dead (2017) is a wonderfully funny and heartfelt Japanese comedy about low-budget filmmaking and zombies. The film begins with an extended shot done as a found-footage movie about a small cast and crew making a movie about the living dead. Real zombies show up on set, but the crazed director refuses to stop shooting his movie even as people start dying. One Cut of the Dead transitions to something else partway through its runtime, but anyone who hasn’t seen it should avoid any and all spoilers about the movie’s second half. One Cut of the Dead was a surprise hit, and it is 100% deserving of all the praise heaped upon it.

Terrified (2017)

Terrified (2017).
In 2018, Guillermo Del Toro was attached to produce a remake of Terrified.

Terrified (2017) is a fantastically spooky Argentinean haunted house movie. Or rather, it is a haunted “houses” movie taking place with multiple entities in multiple locations. When a rash of supernatural (and terrifying) incidents all occur in different houses within the same neighborhood in Bueno Aires, a group of people attempt an investigation. They get more than they expected in a series of encounters involving dead bodies, monsters under a bed, and a whole lot more. Terrified is notable for having a unique narrative format that almost makes it an anthology film, emphasizing mood and scares over a straightforward story.

Satan’s Slaves (2017)

Satan's Slaves (2107).
Satan’s Slaves (2017) is a remake of the hard-to-find cult horror film Satan’s Slave (1980).

Satan’s Slaves (2017), also known by its original Indonesian title Pengabdi Setan, is a supernatural horror movie that earns its scares through fantastic imagery and incredible tension. In Indonesia in 1981, a former singer by the name of Mawarni has become bedridden with a mysterious illness. After Mawarni passes away, apparitions are seen within the home inhabited by her mother, husband, and children. Has Mawarni returned from the grave, or is something far more sinister trying to find its way into the household?

Revenge (2017)

Revenge (2017).
Revenge was released on Shudder on September 13, 2018.

Shudder’s first-ever feature length “Shudder Original” is the action thriller Revenge (2017). This French film follows a young woman, Jen (Matilda Lutz), as she hunts down three men in a desert after she is sexually assaulted and left for dead. The film is beautifully shot and exceedingly brutal, with Jen’s revenge playing out in a fittingly gruesome way. Revenge feels a lot like a modern interpretation of an old-school exploitation movie in the best possible way.

Best Licensed Movies on Shudder

Perfect Blue (1997)

Perfect Blue (1997)
Perfect Blue is inspired by the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, but director Satoshi Kon took considerable liberties with the story when adapting it.

Mima Kirigoe is at a crossroads in her career. On the advice of her manager, she attempts to shed her cute pop-star image in favor of a more adult persona as she begins a career in acting. The change is hard and takes a toll on Mima’s mental state, which is only exacerbated by certain people who can’t let go of the picture of Mima they have in their minds. Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller on the same level the very best of any live-action thriller of its type.

Mute Witness (1995)

Billy holds a knife in Mute Witness (1995)
Mute Witness is getting a 4K UHD release from Arrow Video this June!

Mute Witness is a fantastic thriller that finally seems like it’s getting some much deserved recognition. The story follows Billy (Marina Zudina), a special-effects makeup artist working on a horror movie in Moscow. Billy is mute, but she can hear (which her sister Karen has to remind people of). Billy gets locked inside the film studio one night, and she stumbles upon some people using the film’s equipment and sets to make a snuff film. Billy is then pursued by the killers and criminals involved in the crime ring responsible for creating and selling snuff.

Possession (1981)

Possession (1981)
Sam Neill has said Possession is “the most extreme film I’ve ever made.”

Incredibly difficult to find prior to its release on Shudder, Possession is a must-see psychological horror movie. Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill star opposite each other as Anna and Mark, a married couple going through some ridiculously hard times. Anna wants a divorce but won’t say why, and Mark doesn’t respond to her request well. That is to say, their marriage turns into a truly bizarre series of horrific events.

Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978)
The original Halloween is still the best in the franchise.

Halloween is easily the best horror movie to watch every October 31st. But really, any night is a perfect night for Halloween. It’s a seminal film not only of the slasher subgenre, but of horror in general. If you’ve never seen it, you need to watch it. And if it’s been a while since you’ve seen it, watch it again.

Deep Red (1975)

Deep Red (1975)
Deep Red was the first film collaboration between Dario Argento and progressive rock band Goblin.

Deep Red is one of Dario Argento’s finest giallo films. When musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) witnesses a murder, he becomes a target for the killer. With his life in danger, Marcus tries to find the identity of the killer before it’s too late. The basic plot of Deep Red isn’t terribly original in the canon of giallo movies, but Dario Argento’s style elevates the movie with sights and sounds that cannot be forgotten.

Everything Coming to Shudder in July 2024

  • July 1
  • July 5
    • The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs #608
  • July 8
    • Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)
    • House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    • Possum (2018)
    • She is Conann (2023)
    • We Are Still Here (2015)
  • July 12
    • Arcadian (2024)
  • July 15
    • The Hole in the Fence (2021)
    • Maniac Cop (1988)
    • Rabid Grannies (1988)
    • Starry Eyes (2014)
  • July 19
    • The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs #609
  • July 22
    • Nightbeast (1982)
    • Sleep Tight (2011)
    • Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
  • July 26
    • Humane (2024)

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.