Slasher fans—and Aucklanders who’ve exhausted every other streaming platform available—can rejoice in the news that New Zealand now has another content service available called Shudder. It’s a fright-focused affair streaming only horror and the sub-genres that fall under the category.
Shudder’s catalogue is stacked with the usual suspects like Hellraiser, the [REC] chronology and the Halloween series, but like most streaming services, it’s also home to several in-house productions like Cursed Films, a docuseries about famous flicks with apparent curses like The Crow. Notable mentions also go out to A Discovery of Witches and Eli Roth’s History of Horror, which hosted by stalwart of the genre, Roth himself.
The platform also holds the international license to a film that many are talking about at the moment, Host. Best described as a hyper-current horror flick, Host is filmed almost entirely on a Zoom call and revolves around four friends in lockdown who hold a séance over their vid chat. You can find out about the game-changing found-footage flick here.
Shudder differs from other streaming platforms in that it also has a podcast section, including a series called Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah—here’s hoping this one becomes available in New Zealand soon.
For anyone wondering how Shudder is packing such heat in its program, it’s because the service is owned by AMC, the production company behind The Walking Dead, among others. Due to licensing, however, You’ll have to search elsewhere if you’re looking for the likes of Rick Grimes and his surly zombie-slaying gang.
Shudder comes in at a price of $7.99 a month or $79.99 per year. And, of course, there's a week trial should you just want to dip your toes in first. Sign up here.