Entertainment30 Terrifying Horror Movies You Need to Watch on Shudder

30 Terrifying Horror Movies You Need to Watch on Shudder

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a film critic with over 20 years of experience covering movies and TV. 
He is the president of the Chicago Film Critics Association, the co-producer of the Chicago Critics Film Festival, and managing editor of RogerEbert.com.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko.
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This article is regularly updated as titles leave and enter Shudder. *New titles are indicated with an asterisk.

Horror fans know there’s only one streaming service that they need to have — Shudder. Launched in 2016 and operated by AMC Networks, Shudder is one of the most smartly curated and densely stocked catalogs of any streaming service. Non-horror fans might write it off as something they don’t need, but Shudder really could appeal to anyone. It reveals how much variety there is within the word “horror,” and it’s being constantly updated with some of the best original film offerings of any streamer. Don’t miss out. And start with these 30 films now on the service, really just a taste of the hundreds of movies and original programs offered by Shudder, starting with this month’s critic’s pick.

Year: 2001
Runtime: 1h 54m
Director: Richard Kelly

It’s a mad world in Richard Kelly’s sci-fi hit starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, and Jena Malone. Donnie Darko made almost nothing in theaters but developed a loyal following on the home market, becoming one of the more acclaimed sci-fi films of the ‘00s. Join in the conversation that seems to constantly surround this film (and maybe Kelly will be encouraged to make another one soon – he hasn’t directed in over a decade!)

Year: 2016
Runtime: 1h 26m
Director: Andre Ovredal

The director of The Last Voyage of the Demeter broke through with his one-setting gem, which takes place in one of the most inherently terrifying places in the normal world: a funeral home. A father (Brian Cox of Logan Roy fame) and his son (Emile Hirsch) are preparing the body of a Jane Doe for burial when, well, things start to get weird. Clever and creepy, this is a great horror movie just in time for spooky season.

Year: 2016
Runtime: 1h 37m
Director: Can Evrenol

You may not be ready for this one. A Turkish film that first launched on the fest circuit, it’s the story of a group of police officers on an investigation who quite literally open a portal to Hell. With echoes of Lovecraft and Cronenberg, it’s a sensory overload, visions of Hell unleashed on Earth in a way that most American filmmakers would never even consider. There’s nothing else quite like it on Shudder.

Year: 2023
Runtime: 1h 39m
Director: Laura Moss

This mesmerizing riff on Frankenstein is one of the best horror films of 2023.

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