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15 Horror Movies (and 2 Shows) to Watch on Shudder UK This Halloween



15 Horror Movies (and 2 Shows) to Watch on Shudder UK This Halloween

The horror subscription service Shudder is a real treat for genre fans. Due to movie rights issues the Shudder UK catalogue isn’t nearly as good as its US counterpart. This is exacerbated by an option to subscribe via Amazon Prime that limits the selection even further. However, I can’t complain too much as I did manage to pick out some great movies to watch this Halloween.

1. One Cut of the Dead (2017)

This Japanese low budget zombie flick was one of the best movies of 2017. It’s a fun, intelligent, heartfelt story about filmmaking. I never thought I’d feel so uplifted by a film where decapitation and diarrhea play an important narrative role.

One Cut of the Dead 2017

2. WNUF Halloween Special (2013)

An ingenious parody of 80s local television, this film is perfect for creating a nostalgic Halloween atmosphere. It is presented as an old VCR recording of a news crew exploring a supposedly haunted house.

WNUF Halloween Special

3. Summer of 84 (2018)

Another homage to the 80s, Summer of 84 follows a group of kids who suspect their neighbour is a serial killer. Created by the makers of Turbo Kid it is a mixture of The Goonies, “Stranger Things” and Rear Window.

Summer of 84

4. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

A clever, funny mocumentary about a wannabe slasher killer who invites a journalist along for his first killing spree. Robert Englund shows up as his nemesis. It is a great deconstruction of genre tropes.

Behind the Mask The Rise of Leslie Vernon Unmasked

5. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Cassandra Peterson’s goth chick persona is Halloween’s answer to Santa Claus. If you want to see her in all her campy glory then look no further. This film sees Elvira move to a small town after inheriting a mansion (and a poodle).

Elvira Mistress of the Dark Movie Image 2

6. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Whilst its sequel, The Devil’s Rejects is superior, House of 1000 Corpses is a much more appropriate movie to watch on Halloween. After all, it is about the murderous Firefly family teaching four people about the importance of the holiday!

House of 1000 Corpses Movie Image

7. Brain Damage (1988)

The great Frank Henenlotter followed up Basket Case with this trippy, visually stunning tale about an addictive brain parasite called Aylmer. It’s a grossly funny drug metaphor with great puppetry and plenty of gore.

Brain Damage 1988 Movie Image

8. Society (1989)

I love showing this insane movie to people and watching their reactions to the shocking ending. It is best to go into this one cold. I won’t give anything away except to say it is a must see for fans of body horror.

Society 1989 Movie Image

9. It Follows (2014)

If you are looking for a straight up scary movie then you can’t go wrong with this 2014 hit. An evil sexually transmitted force stalks a young woman as she struggles to find a way to stop it. After watching you might feel more grateful for social distancing.

It Follows 2014 Movie Image

10. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

This one is just dumb crazy fun. It starts off as a sex comedy and then goes off the rails when a wish giving imp is unleashed. Sorority Babes is nonsensical and trashy but I can’t recommend it enough!

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

11. Heathers (1988)

This one isn’t exactly a horror but it is one of the best teen movies ever made. Veronica (Winona Ryder) is encouraged to murder the school’s popular girls by her new boyfriend played by Christian Slater. Heathers is a must watch dark comedy classic.

Heathers 1988 Movie Image

12. Terrifier (2016)

If you want to see a killer clown relentlessly chase a woman on Halloween night then look no further. Terrifier is pure old school horror. It’s already considered a classic by many genre fans.

Heathers 1988 Movie Image

13. Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)

It’s great to see this often overlooked Hammer gem get the recognition it deserves! Imagine if Van Helsing wielded a katana. Captain Kronos adds some swashbuckling sword fighting to an already winning Hammer vampire formula.

Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter Movie Image

14. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Yes, I could have chosen the original Hellraiser but this sequel holds a special place in my heart. I love how it goes off in a dark fantasy direction. It is also a perfect conclusion to the story (if only that were the case.)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II Movie Image

15. Demons (1985)

A treat for fans of gory giallo. Patrons of a cinema get infected by a demonic curse and the trapped survivors struggle to not get their guts ripped out. Demons is a brilliant collaboration between Lamberto Bava, Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini and Dardano Sacchetti. It is perfect Halloween viewing.

Demons 1985 Movie Image

Wolf Creek (the series) (2016 –  2017)

Mick Taylor has become the Freddy Krueger of the 21st century. Thanks to a charismatic performance from John Jarratt, this Aussie outback serial killer seems (almost) likeable. The TV series greatly expands what we have seen of him in the Wolf Creek movies. The second season in particular is definitely worth a watch.

Wolf Creek 2016 Movie Image

The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs (2018 – 2020)

This Shudder exclusive is one of the main reasons why the service is well worth the subscription price. It is by far the best original content on there. In fact, this show has already become synonymous with the Shudder brand itself. Joe Bob Briggs and his sidekick Darcy the mail girl sit down to watch classic horror movies. Their fun and informative banter is a joy to watch.

The problem is the UK version of Shudder contains some of The Last Drive-In but not all. Episodes are often heavily edited to remove copyrighted material or omitted entirely. If someone at Shudder is reading this please give us folks in the UK full access to this wonderful show.

The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs Shudder