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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.

This May on Shudder

With April showers come May cowers as Shudder.com unleashes a new release each weekday in May. That is 22 horror films released for your viewing pleasure! For those who don’t know yet, Shudder is a horror-exclusive streaming service backed by AMC. The service offers a ton of horror gems, films that even the most well-versed horror aficionado may not have seen. If you have not heard of it, or have but were on the fence as to whether or not to sign up, this is the perfect time to jump in. Here is the official press release:

Scream your way through May with a new horror movie every night! Shudder, the AMC-backed streaming service, has announced the release of a new film EVERY WEEKDAY for an entire month of curated “Movie Mayhem.”

Fresh off releasing a full list of new titles in April—including films found ONLY ON SHUDDER—the platform is now upping the ante as the ultimate destination for horror and genre fans. The films already announced for Movie Mayhem feature a full spectrum of horror programing with new American releases like We Are Still Here and The Midnight Swim sitting alongside foreign films such as the recent Mexico Barbaro and the undead classic Zombie.

Although most of Movie Mayhem’s releases are being kept a mystery, here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming:

MAY 2ND: We Are Still Here (2015)

Director: Ted Geoghegan. Cast includes: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie

MAY 6TH: Zombie (1979)

Director: Lucio Fulci. Cast includes: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson

MAY 11TH: Mexico Barbaro (2014)

Directors: Isaac Ezban, Laurette Flores Bornn, Jorge Michel Grau, Ulises Guzman, Edgar Nito, Lex Ortega, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Aaron Soto. Cast includes: Dulce Alexa, Sara Camacho, Lorena Gonzalez

MAY 16TH: The Midnight Swim (2014)

Director: Sarah Adina Smith. Cast includes: Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino

MAY 20TH: Society (1989)

Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast includes: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards

MAY 25TH: Night of the Demons (1988)

Director: Kevin Tenney. Cast includes: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins

The remaining titles for “Movie Mayhem” will be announced throughout the month on Shudder’s Facebook and Twitter pages as well as Shudder.com.