We are currently in a golden age of data streaming. We tend to stream everything from radio shows, music, tv shows, movies– we stream fucking everything. It’s become one of the easiest ways to consume media in the digital age, and of course where there is demand, there will be supply. Streaming services like Netflix (a pioneer of the streaming field), Hulu (specializing in T.V. shows), and Amazon Prime(Streams all media)– all of which are crowd favorites when it comes to content and user experience– take advantage of our media blood-lust and allow us to sit and vegetate for hours on end. My personal favorite streaming service has quickly become Shudder. As you are well aware, my love for all things horror is not a secret, and Shudder allows me to browse a vast collection of classic and modern horror movies that put any other movie streaming service to shame.
A great example of the awesomeness of Shudder is the recent news that Sadako VS. Kayako will be streaming exclusively on the service later in 2016. The movie in question is Japan’s version of Freddy VS. Jason, but instead with the evil entities from The Grudge and The Ring. It was recently released in Japan on June 18th, but the States wouldn’t get a whiff of the movie until its release on Blu-Ray or DVD, but thanks to Shudder we’ll have the opportunity to witness the ridiculous looking horror flick. It’s not my type of movie, but now that I actually have the option of easily watching it, I’ll give it a whirl. Thanks Shudder!
Not only does Shudder offer the old-school classics like Night of the Living Dead, White Zombie, Nosferatu and The Golem, it offers some of the best foreign horror movies on the net, with the likes of Deep Red, Zombie, Nightmare City, Coldfish, I Saw the Devil and Audition. Shudder also streams some of horror’s greatest taboo films like Nekromantik 1 and 2, Cannibal Holocaust, The Death King, Woman, and The Human Centipede, and of course they got the modern classics like Excision, Children of the Corn, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, Henry, Night of the Demons, Let the Right One In and many other wickedly awesome horror movies.
As you can see, the online streaming service showcases an excellently diverse horror movie collection. The website looks nice and clean, and they also accomplished making the browsing and searching of movies a breeze. You can filter the films out by type of monster/villain you want to see, whether it’s demons, aliens, ghosts or zombies, you can tailor your mood to your horror baddie. Another great filtering feature they have is the browse by genre option. Under this option you can select genres like creature features, paranormal horror or extreme horror, another way to cater to your current mood. As I mentioned before when it comes to the horror movie genre Shudder blows other streaming services out of the water (I’m looking right at you Screambox). //Arturo Padilla