Top 10 Shudder Film Picks

As the curator of the Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series at the Movies of Lake Worth it’s my job to find the best in horror for folks to watch. For your streaming pleasure I’ve put together a list of my top 10 recommended films available to watch on Shudder.

If you’re not familiar with the service, Shudder has a huge library of cult horror films from almost every possible sub-genre. It’s entirely ad-free and works on computers, tablets, Apple TV, Roku and more. It’s $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year.

Assault on Precinct 13

John Carpenter’s 1976 siege film isn’t horror but doesn’t mean it shys away from heavy violence and shock factor. Assault tells the story of one police sergeant some unlikely allies defending a closing police station from one of LA’s deadliest gangs.

Audition

From controversial director Takashi Miike, this Japense horror/thriller is probably the most disturbing pick on my list. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s pretty much the worst-case dating scenario you could get into.

The Crazies

This early George A. Romero film focuses on a government-made virus that causes vicious tendencies to arise in those affected by it followed by death. This gritty choice feels very real, as-if this small Pennsylvania town could be YOUR home.

Demons

A horror movie that takes place nearly-entirely in a movie theater? It’s not much of a surprise why I picked this one! This Italian classic was directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento. Also features a pretty killer soundtrack.

The Hills Have Eyes

The second film directed by Wes Craven is a bloody story inspired by true events that tells of a cannibalistic family mutated by weapons testing. It was filmed on the beautiful backdrop of the Nevada dessert, one of the most visually striking settings for a horror.

Let the Right One In

The Swedish vampire film based on the 2004 John Lindqvist novel tells the tale of a love story between a bullied 12 year old and a mysterious new friend. One of the most beautiful movies ever while also being one of the darkest.

Night of the Creeps

Starring Tom Atkins and directed by Fred Dekker, this is a zombie prom horror comedy that’s a love letter to b-movie sillyness. Super quoteable and always a fun watch. “The good news is your dates are here, the bad news is they’re dead.”

Night of the Living Dead ’68/’90

George A. Romero’s genre-defining zombie classic Night of the Living Dead was one of the first horror films I ever watched as a kid. It holds up surprisingly well even today. As a bonus i’m also picking the 1990 remake directed by Tom Savini giving Barbara a more-involved roll in the story among some other well-received changes.

Re-Animator

A modern-retelling of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic short story updated for the 1980’s with added comedy. Jeffrey Combs role as Herbert West was career defining and led him to numerous horror-related rolls. If you like your zombies heavy on the science, this one’s for you.

Zombie

One of Italian director Lucio Fulci’s most well known films and also known as Zombi 2, this one has a real shark fight a zombie underwater. If that’s not enough for you it’s gory as hell, has a unique island setting and a Fabio Frizzi soundtrack.