I could talk forever about Shudder and the all-thriller streaming platform’s excellent selection of horror films. Yet, on the other hand, I empathize with fans of the genre dissatisfied by a story that keeps them on edge for only 90-100 minutes or so. Well, fortunately, for for loyal subscribers who are also fans of grisly slashers like Wolf Creek or ghoulish anthologies like Creepshow, the scares does not have to stop at feature-length.
In addition to its heartwarmingly vast collection of heart-racing movies currently available to stream, Shudder is also a great hub for more than enough TV shows that will keep you screaming, squirming, or giggling (depending on how dark your sense of humor goes) into the wee hours of any dark and dreary night. Whether you prefer multiple self-contained stories to provide you with a variety of thrills for hours or chilling, on-going narratives told over the course a season (or longer), you will surely be in reliable, blood-soaked hands.
In fact, we managed to compile 11 TV shows, many of which are exclusively available on the horror fan favorite streaming platform, that are sure to make you, as its name suggests, shudder. To start things off, we present a widely acclaimed series that thrives on all things “creepy.”
Channel Zero (2016-2018)
See how long you can endure any of the four multi-episode tales following a child psychologist haunted by an ominous TV show from his youth, a group of teens who visit a haunted house attraction with horrors that hit far too close to home, and more in this mercilessly eerie and highly inventive anthology series.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: Originally airing on Syfy and now exclusively available on Shudder, each of Channel Zero’s four seasons are adapted from popular user-generated horror stories called “creepypastas,” which most definitely live up to their name.
Stream Channel Zero on Shudder here.
After crossing paths with an alluring being (Zachary Quinto) who feeds on children to keep himself young, a teenager (Ashleigh Cummings) vows to thwart his plans with the use of a strange gift she only recently discovered she has.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: It is no accident that NOS4A2 (referring to the license plate number on villain Charlie Manx’s Rolls Royce) sounds similar to Nosferatu because this AMC original series has a lot in common with classic vampire tales, but with an intriguing twist from the mind of Joe Hill, who wrote the book it is based upon.
Stream NOS4A2 on Shudder here.
A ghoulish hooded figure presents a diverse selection of bizarre tales, such as a boy running from what his father has become, a misanthrope who finds unexpected kinship in the remains of an identifiable being, and a group of children who take trick or treating gravely seriously, to name a few.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: Speaking of Joe Hill, his father, Stephen King, wrote and starred in the hit 1982 film that the Shudder original series Creepshow lovingly continues the legacy of with a new collection of stories (two per episode) that range from hellishly hilarious to ruthlessly weird.
Stream Creepshow on Shudder here.
Wolf Creek (2016-2017)
An American woman (Lucy Fry) journeys to the Australian Outback seeking revenge on a local pig hunter whose interests, unfortunately, go beyond slaying only wild boar.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: In yet another series spun-off from a feature film, John Jarratt reprises his best known role as sadistic murderer and torturer Mick Taylor, loosely inspired by real Australian crimes, in Wolf Creek, which delivers all the breakneck suspense and sheer brutality in its two season that fans of the 2005 original film of the same name, and its 2013 sequel, would hope for.
Stream Wolf Creek on Shudder here.
A woman (Mindhunter star Hannah Gross) who has made a living out of searching for rare vinyl recordings is hired by a wealthy collector to find one record that no one has ever listened to and lived to tell about it.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: In just eight episodes (so far, at least), Deadwax crafts an absorbingly grim Neo-noir narrative with a compelling dual commentary on two obsessive cultures: vinyl collection and deadly urban legends (plus, Evil Dead franchise star Ted Raimi is in it, so there’s that).
Stream Deadwax on Shudder here.
A Discovery Of Witches (2018-Present)
A historian (Teresa Palmer) seeking information about her heritage is offered help by a charismatic Englishman (Matthew Goode) - which she is, at first, reluctant to accept because being a witch prohibits her from mingling with his kind: vampires.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: Inspired by author Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is, sort of, like Harry Potter for grown-ups (not that anyone would judge an adult Potter fan) as a story about cultural dissonance, but with classic themes of fantasy lore told through an irresistible forbidden romance.
Stream A Discovery of Witches on Shudder here.
Born To Kill (2017)
A meek London nurse (Romola Garai) fails to notice the signs that her 15-year-old son (Jack Rowan) is on the verge of acting out his deepest, deadliest inner desires.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: Originally airing on the UK’s Channel 4 before making Shudder its US streaming home, Born to Kill is an unnerving take on the coming-of-age genre that fans of American Psycho may die over.
Stream Born to Kill on Shudder here.
Door Into Darkness (1973)
This controversial anthology presents four tales of increasingly disturbing cases of murder.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: In addition to writing and directing two episodes, Dario Argento serves as the host of Door Into Darkness, a controversial Italian-language miniseries that offers four times the haunting mystery and bloody mayhem that the giallo pioneer is best known for.
Stream Door Into Darkness on Shudder here.
Black Lake (2016-Present)
A man takes his friends on a trip to a remote ski lodge with the idea of reopening it for business, until the group begins to suspect that they are not alone at this long-abandoned resort.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: Yet another overseas television hit made exclusive to Shudder is Black Lake: a beautifully shot, expertly crafted Swedish thriller that, even in the presence of an otherworldly threat, makes you question who among the living is worth trusting.
Stream Black Lake on Shudder here.
True Horror (2018)
Camera interviews with real people about their own paranormal encounters are accompanied by dramatizations of the entire event as they describe it, right down to the most disturbing details.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: It is up to you whether or not to buy into the personal testimonies featured in True Horror, a documentary series with four episodes so far, but we should all, at least, be able to agree that the reenactments may be enough to keep you sleeping with the lights on.
Stream True Horror on Shudder here.
Cursed Films (2020)
An exploration of the controversial and shocking events that happened behind-the-scenes of several notable films, including Poltergeist and Twilight Zone: The Movie, which led many to believe supernatural forces were to blame.
Why It’s A Great Creepy Show: Featuring interviews with the actual filmmakers involved with the five movies in question and experts in the occult, Cursed Films is a docuseries that you have no choice but to believe in.
Stream Cursed Films on Shudder here.
What do you think? Will you begin to spend more time browsing Shudder's TV series selection, or do these shows give the streaming platform (and the horror genre) a bad name to you. Well, if so, let us know in the comments and be sure to check back for additional information and updates on what is available on the all-horror streaming service, as well as even more scary recommendations you can stream elsewhere, here on CinemaBlend.
Jason has been writing since he was able to pick up a washable marker, with which he wrote his debut illustrated children's story, later transitioning to a short-lived comic book series and (very) amateur filmmaking before finally settling on pursuing a career in writing about movies in lieu of making them. Look for his name in just about any article related to Batman.
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