14 Must Watch Horror Movies on Shudder

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The following is not just a list of the Best Movies on Shudder, but a hand selected list of movies that have been recommended to me available to watch on a Shudder Free Trial. The list includes foreign, classic, cult, independent and modern horror cinema.

  1. Ringu (Most Frightening)
  2. Train To Busan (Best Zombie Movie)
  3. Angst (Recommended Hidden Gem)
  4. Re-Animator
  5. Dogtooth (Best rated on Rotten Tomatoes)
  6. Halloween
  7. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  8. Night of the Living Dead
  9. Hellraiser
  10. Threads (Best rated on IMDB)
  11. Victoria
  12. A Tale of Two Sisters
  13. Phantom of the Paradise
  14. Sleepaway Camp (one of the best movie endings ever!)

1. Ringu

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7.280Available on Shudder Free Trial

Ringu is the original Ring Movie and vastly superior to the American re-make. It has left a lasting effect on me as the most terrifying thing that could possibly happen to me. I am someone who watches a lot of late night television alone in the dark, so for anything to come crawling out would finish me off. The tale is that of a revengeful spirit connected to a video tape that if you watch you will receive a call telling you “you will die”.

2. Train To Busan

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.5/1089/100Netflix or 7 day free trial to Shudder

Train to Busan is one of the best zombie movies I have ever come across. Many zombie movies lack either a decent plot, decent acting or both but this has it all. Exciting, thrilling, great acting, great characters and just a mix of all the best zombie movie elements.

The zombies are more like the zombies from World War Z in their abilities and movement, the acting is as good as any award winning drama or thriller and the action is like a decent Dwayne Johnson movie all with a decent plot to tie it all together.

The Plot is easy to follow, martial law is declared in Korea as a viral outbreak engulfs the country, but passengers on the Train to Busan successfully fight off the infection and must now fight to survive. The Best Zombie movie since Shaun of The Dead. This film is available on most Netflix worldwide.

3. Angst

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.3/1073/100Amazon Prime or 7 day free trial to Shudder

Recently Recommended to me as a hidden Gem. A killer is released from prison and breaks into a remote home to kill a woman, her handicapped son and her pretty daughter. This Austrian movie deserves a lot more shout outs as it is popular with almost all horror fans who come across it, yet few have heard of it.

4. Re-Animator

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.2/1082/1007 day free trial to Shudder

80s cult classics are among the best horror movies and this is no exception. A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centring around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

5. Dogtooth

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7.3/1076/1007 day free trial to Shudder

Hands-up I have not watched this movie yet, however it comes highly recommended ands is currently streaming on Shudder. Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

6. Halloween

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7.7/1089/1007 day free trial to Shudder

One of the most classic movies on this list. A knife wielding lunatic has escaped and goes on murder slasher spree. What I love about this movie is it only has a subtle suggestion of supernatural horror and leaves open for audience interpretation. Later movies in the series try to explain and go into this demonic twist a little more but in my opinion it should be left with just this original hit and a good mystery.

7. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.5/1073/1007 day free trial to Shudder

When Sally hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. Leather Face is probably the most feared and loved monster in all of horror. If you still have not seen the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre then stop what your doing and watch it.

8. Night of the Living Dead

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.9/1075/1007 day free trial to Shudder
30 Day free trial on Amazon Prime
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The movie that set the bar for all zombie movies forever and TV series ever! Nothing too complicated as a group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. No epic or world saving story lines just a great little movie. More like Shaun of The Dead in its approach than other zombie genre movies. A group survival movie that relies on little budget, good acting and some interesting group dynamics and relationships. Dated? yes, tight budget? yes, but it goes to show there is some real talent and thought in this movie.

9. Hellraiser

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7/1073/1007 day free trial to Shudder
30 Day free trial on Amazon Prime

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover while the demonic coenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. Another 80s classic, if your a fan of films like The Evil Dead then this is another must watch for you. Warning it is just as gory too but very original.

10. Threads

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
8/1067/1007 day free trial to Shudder
30 Day free trial on Amazon Prime

Every so often a movie will slip by off the radar of mainstream cinema that really needs to be seen. Threads is a British movie exploring the idea of a Nuclear holocaust and the effect upon the inhabitants of the City of Sheffield.

It is arguably one of the most powerful movies of all time as the subject explores real fears, especially considering the era this was made in (time of cold war fear). It shows the true horror and evil of mankind within the realms of possibility, which is why it has to be considered more terrifying than any supernatural horror ever made.

I did not live through the cold war but I do remember my parents speaking of it as being a matter of “When” not “If” the Nuclear bombs will start.

11. Victoria

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.6/1083/1007 day free trial to Shudder
7 Day free trial on Sundance Now

A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. This is a fast paced single shot movie which you will not want to miss a second of. Being one shot it relies on brilliant and professional actors throughout and no special effects on ridiculous storylines.

12. A Tale of Two Sisters

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.2/1083/1007 day free trial to Shudder

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother’s obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery. This movies is a rare mix of Phycological and supernatural horror and is done brilliantly. You may have to stick with this film but please do, everything is explained in the end and your original plot holes are all nicely filled in.

Also don’t think just because it features a ghostly apparition that it is like other well known Asian horror movies that then has bad Western remakes years later (though it did get the re-make).

13. Phantom of The Paradise

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
7.4/1086/1007 day free trial to Shudder

This Movie is a real visual treat, a gothic spin on Phantom of Th Opera. The movie in terms of inspiration is a mash of Greece, Rocky Horror Show and maybe something like clockwork Orange? It also has a spin on many culturally popular figures at the time including Ziggy Star Dust, Kiss and dare I say it Jimmy Saville (and that’s not even suppose to be the scary part). But lots of fantastic music!

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

If you like rock music and horrors, especially classic horrors then this will be a favourite of yours once you have seen it.

14. Sleepaway Camp

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IMDb RatingRotten TomatoesHow to Watch
6.3/1077/1007 day free trial to Shudder
7 day free trial to Shout Factory

After a horrible boating accident kills her family, shy, sullen Angela moves in with her eccentric Aunt Martha and protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, bizarre, increasingly-violent accidents claim the lives of various campers.

The movie is a great unknown slasher movie. The ending is regarded by many as one of the must watch ending of any horror by those that watched it, and is the sole reason I included it.

The rest of the movie is a little cheesy and sort of all over the place, some good and bad acting, some silly little plots and ridiculous scenes, it adds up to a certain charm. But that ending (very last shot) has to be seen!