Streaming services are all the rage, and while the big three (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu) remain the power trio dozens of more specifically curated sites have popped up to cover more particular film interests. One of the best, especially for horror and genre fans, is Shudder. The service opened its virtual doors in 2015 and hasn’t slowed down since. Each month sees their roster of titles shift and grow as classics new and old, forgotten gems, and more are added.
The complete list of new movies hitting Shudder this month — September 2018 — is below, but first I want to highlight a few titles worth seeking out.
Shudder Pick of the Month
A woman is assaulted by her boyfriend’s friend, but rather than defend her the man she loves runs her off a cliff. He’s disposing of a problem, protecting his marriage, and choosing bros over a smart, capable, and sexually confident woman. Big mistake. Huge! Revenge (premieres on 9/13) pairs its simple title and exploitation-ready premise with a refreshing eye courtesy of director Coralie Fargeat, gorgeous cinematography from Robrecht Heyvaert, a kick-ass lead performance by Matilda Lutz, a pulse-pounding score from Rob (no relation), and raging torrents of blood. It’s a thrilling blend of terror and action all unfolding beneath a bright desert sun.
Found footage films, including faux-documentaries made from them, are more often than not repetitive, dull, and obnoxious affairs. There are dozens of great ones, though, a not-so small minority made possible by the sheer volume of films, and one worth seeking out is 2015’s Hell House LLC. The film is a doc about a slaughter that occurred in a “haunted house” consisting of footage obtained from the people setting up the event. It’s legit chilling and creepy at times, and now a sequel is premiering on Shudder that I’ll absolutely be tuning into starting on the 20th. Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel continues the story in some way, and while I’m avoiding the trailer I’m hoping it delivers more thrills, chills, and bloody spills.
The Best “Trilogy” Ever Made
It may not be an official trilogy, but Park Chan-wook’s brilliant, thrilling, and tonally confident threesome of violent films tackles the theme of revenge from all angles, and all three hit Shudder on 9/10. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the most somber of the bunch offering a grim kick to the gut, and Oldboy ups the style and action while still landing a heart-crushing ending. My favorite of the three, though, is Lady Vengeance. It’s a work of pure beauty even as violence leaps off the screen, and while it has arguably the “happiest” ending it’s still a weighty affair as all the pieces fall into place. The films aren’t connected in any tangible way, and while a couple performers crossover they’re as wholly different characters, but the shared themes and sheer brilliance of the productions creates a powerful “trilogy” that once seen will never be forgotten.
The Complete List
Bait 3D (2012) – A freak tsunami traps a group of people in a submerged grocery store. As they try to escape, they are hunted by white sharks that are hungry for meat.
The Eye 2 (2004) – A pregnant woman discovers the ability to see ghosts after she unsuccessfully attempts suicide.
Gattaca (1997) – A genetically inferior man (Ethan Hawke) assumes the identity of a superior one (Jude Law) in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Nurse 3D (2014) – A young nurse (Katrina Bowden) begins to suspect that a sexy colleague (Paz de la Huerta) is responsible for murdering a string of unfaithful men.
Dan Curtis’ Dracula (1973) – In this British television movie adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.
Dead of Night (1977) – This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) – A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss’ friend’s daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister’s kidney transplant.
Oldboy (2003) – After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Lady Vengeance (2005) – After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly cruel and brutal means.
Revenge (2018) – Jen is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend — until his two sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. As tension mounts in the house, the situation abruptly and viciously intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, she survives and soon begins a relentless quest for bloody revenge.
Let Her Out (2016) – After a traumatic accident, a bike courier begins to experience blackouts and hallucinations. She soon discovers that she’s being dangerously influenced — and even controlled — by her unborn twin.
The Sublet (2015) – Joanna, a new mother, questions her sanity and starts to think her apartment building may be haunted when she discovers its violent past.
The Night of the Virgin (2016) – Nico, a naive 20-year-old, is determined to lose his virginity at a New Year’s Eve party. When he finds Medea, a cunning and attractive mature woman, he thinks he finally has a chance, but Medea has much more sinister plans.
Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel (2018) – It’s been eight years since the opening night tragedy of Hell House, LLC and still many unanswered questions remain. Thanks to an anonymous tip, investigative journalist Jessica Fox is convinced that key evidence is hidden inside the abandoned Abaddon Hotel-evidence that will shed light on the hotel’s mysteries. She assembles a team equally hungry for answers with one goal: break into the hotel and discover the truth.
Starry Eyes (2014) – A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune.
Let Us Prey (2014) – Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.
Liquid Sky (1982) – An alien creature invades New York’s punk subculture in its search for an opiate released by the brain during orgasm.
Chocolate (2008) – An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother’s debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.
Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) – Two former cops start investigating the series of murders that tanked their careers when the killings begin again.
Channel Zero: No-End House (2017) – In the second installment of Channel Zero, A young woman named Margot Sleator and her best friend Jules visit the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes everything has changed.