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Shudder Review 2024: Cost, Plans, and More

We've tested Shudder for 4+ years and we're pleased to say that the horror streaming service is a value-packed horror buffet.

650+ TV shows and movies


Price: $6.99/mo. or $71.88/yr.

Free trial: 7 days

Library: 625+ titles

Streams: 1

Is Shudder good?

You bet your bloody chainsaw Shudder is good. Owned by AMC but curated by horror fans, the on-demand streaming service offers a blend of classic and contemporary horror movies, shows, and podcasts—including many exclusives and originals. It also has Shudder TV, a live channel with three themed streams.

Real horror fans will want to sign up for Shudder directly instead of as an add-on because Shudder’s native app offers the best experience. Direct signup is also the only way to get Shudder’s annual subscription deal, a 15% discount over the monthly rate.


  • Low price
  • Excellent curation
  • Frequent new additions
  • Exclusive and original movies and shows
  • Joe Bob Briggs


  • 720p max resolution
  • Only one stream
  • Bad user experience as an add-on
  • No offline viewing

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Shudder deals and promotions

Shudder has a free seven-day trial, and the annual Shudder subscription saves you 15% ($12). Other ways to save money on Shudder include:

  • Amazon Prime Video puts its Prime Channels on sale a few times a year. That’s how I first signed up for Shudder—at 50% off for three months.
  • AMC+ includes Shudder (plus BBC America, IFC, and SUNDANCE NOW), also offers big discounts directly and through Amazon Prime Video.

Shudder plans and pricing

Plan Price
Shudder (monthly) $6.99/mo. View plan
Best value
Shudder (annual)
$71.88/yr. ($5.99/mo.) View plan
Shudder (Amazon Prime Video Channel) $6.99/mo. View plan
Shudder (YouTube TV add-on) $6.99/mo. View plan
Shudder (YouTube Primetime Channel) $6.99/mo. View plan
Shudder (AMC+) $8.99/mo. View plan

Data as of post date.

Shudder has one plan and serves it a few different ways: through its own app, as part of AMC+, as an add-on with YouTube TV, as a Prime Channel through Amazon Prime Video, or as a YouTube Primetime Channel.

We recommend subscribing to Shudder directly because the Shudder app offers the best experience for real horror fans with its fun design, curated categories, and three live channels. Also, remember that a direct subscription is the only way to get a discounted annual Shudder subscription.

Shudder vs. the competition

Service Price Free trial Library size (estimated) Streams Resolution (up to) Details
Arrow Player $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. 30 days 600+ Unavailable Up to 4K View plan
Full Moon Features $6.99/mo. or $59.99/yr. 7 days 500+ 3 Up to 1080p View Plan
Monsters and Nightmares $2.99/mo. or $29.99/yr. 7 days 86+ Unavailable Up to 1080p View Plan
Screambox $6.99/mo. or $59.99/yr. 7 days 400+ 3 Up to 1080p View Plan
Best overall
$6.99/mo. or $71.88/yr. 7 days 650+ 1 Up to 720p View Plan

Data as of post date.

In this table, Shudder is clearly superior to other horror streaming services in terms of price and library size—but inferior in resolution. What you don’t see in the table is Shudder’s library quality and excellent user experience. We’ll discuss this in more detail later.

For more info on each of these gruesome competitors, head over to our Best Horror Streaming Services review.

Shudder movies and shows

Shudder’s library is the largest of any horror streaming service, with 650+ movies (we’ve seen the total climb to 700+), including many exclusives and originals. The Shudder library also includes 40+ series (28 exclusive or original) and 7 podcasts (4 exclusive or original).

Also, Shudder is the streaming horror equivalent of Baskin-Robbins, with way more than 31 horror flavors:

Horror subgenres on Shudder

  • Animation
  • Anthology
  • Asian
  • Body horror
  • Cannibal
  • Classic
  • Comedy horror
  • Cosmic
  • Creature/monster
  • Demonic
  • Exploitation
  • Extreme
  • Eurocult
  • Folk
  • Found footage
  • Giallo
  • Gotchic
  • Haunted house
  • Nature/animal
  • New French Extremity
  • Occult
  • Post-apocalyptic
  • Psychological
  • Sci-fi
  • Slasher
  • Splatter
  • Supernatural
  • Survival
  • Vampire
  • Werewolf
  • Zombie
  • . . . and more!

Shudder shines in its exclusive and original content—34% of its library is either exclusively licensed to, or created by, Shudder. And it’s great stuff, as you’ll see below (look for the asterisks denoting exclusive or original titles).

Movies on Shudder

  • A Field in England (2014)
  • All the Colors of Giallo (2019)
  • All About Evil (2010)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  • Anthropophagous (1980)
  • Bad Moon (1996)
  • The Babadook (2014)
  • The Beyond (1981)
  • Bird Boy: The Forgotten Children (2018)
  • Black Roses (1988)
  • Bloody Muscle Bodybuilder in Hell (1995)
  • Brain Damage (1988)
  • Calvaire (2004)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  • Cemetery of Terror (1985)
  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Chopping Mall (1986)
  • City of the Living Dead (1980)
  • Darlin’ (2019)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • The Deadly Spawn (1983)
  • Deep Red (1975)
  • Evil Dead Trap (1988)
  • Frankenhooker (1990)
  • Ginger Snaps trilogy (2000–2004)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Hellraiser 2: Hellbound (1988)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
  • The House of the Devil (2010)
  • The Howling (1981)
  • Inside (2007)
  • Intruder (1989)
  • The Love Witch (2017)
  • Maniac (1980)
  • Martyrs (2008)
  • Nekromantik (1987)
  • Phantasm franchise**
  • Phenomena (1985)
  • Pieces (1982)
  • The Prowler (1989)
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Summer of 84 (2018)
  • Sweetie You Won’t Believe It (2022)
  • Tenebrae (1982)
  • Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989)
  • The Slumber Party Massacre (1982 and 2022)
  • The Stylist (2021)
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • They Look Like People (2016)
  • Things (1989)
  • Tourist Trap (1979)
  • Train to Busan (2016)
  • Undead (2005)
  • The Void (2017)
  • The Wailing (2016)
  • Wilczyca (1983)
  • Yummy (2019)
  • Zombie (1982)

Data as of post date.
** Except Phantasm II

Shudder original and exclusive movies

  • A Wounded Fawn (2022)
  • The Apology (2022)
  • Attachment (2022)
  • Blood Quantum (2020)
  • Blood Relatives (2022)
  • Brooklyn 45 (2023)
  • Color Out of Space (2020)
  • Deadstream (2022)
  • For the Sake of Vicious (2021)†
  • Fried Barry (2021)
  • The Furies (2019)†
  • Hellbender (2022)
  • Horror Noire (2021)
  • Host (2020)
  • Huesera: The Bone Woman (2023)†
  • In Search of Darkness trilogy (2019, 2020, 2022)†
  • Influencer (2022)
  • The Innocents (2021)†
  • Kids vs. Aliens (2023)†
  • Kuso (2017)†
  • Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2020)
  • Mad God (2021)
  • The Noonday Witch (2016)†
  • One Cut of the Dead (2019)†
  • Psycho Goreman (2020)†
  • The Queen of Black Magic (2020)
  • Revenge (2015)
  • The Sadness (2021)
  • Saloum (2021)
  • Satan’s Slaves (2017)
  • Scare Package (2020)
  • Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge (2022)
  • Shrew’s Nest (2014)†
  • Skinamarink (2023)
  • Skull: The Mask (2020)
  • Slash/Back (2022)†
  • Spoonful of Sugar (2023)
  • Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2017)†
  • Terrified / Aterrados (2017)
  • They Live in the Grey (2022)
  • This is GWAR (2022)
  • V/H/S 99 (2022)
  • We Go On (2016)†
  • The Witch in the Window (2018)

Shows on Shudder

  • The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time*
  • A Discovery of Witches*
  • Behind the Monsters*
  • Beyond the Dark
  • Blood Machines*
  • The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula*
  • The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans*
  • Channel Zero
  • Chucky
  • The Core*
  • Creepshow*
  • Cursed Films*
  • Cursed Films II*
  • Dario Argento’s Door Into Darkness
  • Deadhouse Dark*
  • Deadwax*
  • Doomsday
  • Eli Roth’s History of Horror*
  • Elvira’s 40th Anniversary, Very Scary, Very Special, Special*
  • Etheria
  • Hammer House of Horror
  • Holliston
  • The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs*
  • NOS4A2
  • Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror*
  • Slasher: Flesh & Blood*
  • Slasher: Ripper*
  • Todd & the Book of Pure Evil
  • Trickster
  • True Horror*
  • The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Podcasts on Shudder

  • Congeria
  • Darkest Night
  • Deadly Manners
  • Eli Roth’s History of Horror Uncut*
  • Horror Noire Uncut*
  • The Last Drive-In: Just Joe Bob*
  • She Kills*
  • Video Palace*

Live TV on Shudder

Shudder’s titles stream live 24/7, and ad-free, on the app’s Shudder TV tab. You can choose from three different channels: It Came from Shudder (exclusives and originals), Psychological Thrillers (tense mind-scramblers), and Slashics (slasher movies).

Unfortunately, on some devices—like our Android phone, you can’t change channels. Shudder TV plays whichever feed you last watched on the last device you used to watch the service. (So, if you were watching Slashics, you can’t switch to Psychological Thrillers.)

Shudder specs and features

As streaming service features go, Shudder is a mixed bag. Aesthetically, it’s superb, blending nostalgia with modern design. Functionally, it’s smooth—but not as intuitive in some areas (like watchlist location). But we wish it had offline viewing, more user profiles, and more streams.

Shudder simultaneous streams

Shudder allows only one stream at a time, but we were able to stream on three devices at once. (Obviously, we can’t guarantee you the same results.)

Shudder app

Again, Shudder’s native app is the best Shudder experience. It has the most features, a fun interface and user experience, and it’s the cheapest way to subscribe if you go with the annual subscription.

The Shudder app is also compatible with many devices. So whether your streaming box of choice is a Roku or an Amazon Fire TV Stick, you’ll have easy access to the app, too.

Unfortunately, the Shudder app does not support downloading titles for offline viewing. Gaaaaaaahhh. Why? (Arrow Player, Full Moon Features, and Screambox do support downloads.)

Shudder compatible devices

Amazon Fire TV devices
Android phones and tablets
Apple TV devices
Google Chromecast
iPhones and iPads
Playstation 3, 4, 5
Roku devices
Samsung smart TV (select models)
Xbox 360, One, and Series X|S
Web browsers

As you can see, there is no shortage of device options with Shudder—ditto for its rivals. You probably already own at least one of these Shudder-compatible devices.

Shudder video and audio quality

We tested the Shudder mobile app on a Windows 10 laptop and a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3. We also tested the Shudder apps for the Xbox One on a 55” LG smart TV and the Shudder app for Roku Ultra on a 55″ Samsung smart TV (the QN90A). We also tested Shudder’s Prime Video Channel through the Prime Video app on Xbox One.

Shudder streams in full HD as long as your internet connection is strong. If your connection is laggy, the adaptive video resolution will scale down to a rez your connection can handle. In all of our tests, we seemed to stay around standard HD (720p). But you might experience different results.

A scene from The Screengrab of the Last Drive-In
A scene from The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs as viewed on a 55” LG smart TV through the Xbox One.

Shudder interface and playback features

Live On-Demand
10-second jump ✔ (back-only on PC)
Onscreen volume control
Shudder Menu
The Shudder home page as viewed on a 55” LG smart TV via Xbox One.

Is Shudder worth it?

To borrow a favorite phrase from the late horror film critic Chas Balun, Shudder really “delivers the gross-eries.” There’s enough content to keep you busy for some time, so it’s worth $6.99 a month—and the annual subscription ($71.88 a year, or $5.99 a month) really cranks up the value.

But the annual Shudder subscription is available only when you sign up directly through Shudder—but that’s okay, ’cause the Shudder app is hands-down the best experience. Avoid going through Prime Video Channels or YouTube TV.

Shudder FAQ

How much is Shudder a month?

Shudder costs $6.99 a month or $71.88 a year ($5.99 monthly, which is about a 15% discount).

Is Shudder worth it?

Shudder is absolutely worth it. It has the largest catalog of any horror streaming service, with classics, cult favorites, and top-notch exclusive and original content—plus a devilishly fun user experience. Real horror fans should get the annual Shudder subscription, which is $71.88 a year (which works out to $5.99 monthly—a 15% discount). Sign up for a free 7-day trial to check it out.

Is Shudder free with Prime?

Shudder is not free with Amazon Prime, but you can subscribe to Shudder through Amazon Prime Video Channels for the same price ($6.99 a month). You’ll also get the same 7-day free trial and three simultaneous streams (Shudder allows only one).

That said, the best Shudder experience is through its mobile app, which supports Amazon Fire TV devices. We highly recommend it over Shudder’s Prime Video Channel.

Which is better: Shudder or Screambox?

Shudder is far better than Screambox in terms of quality, quantity, and user experience. To learn more about Screambox, read our review.

Is it easy to cancel Shudder?

It’s pretty easy to cancel your Shudder subscription. If you subscribed through Shudder, click on My Account while signed into the Shudder app. Then, under Membership Settings, click Cancel Membership.

If you subscribe to Shudder through a third party (Amazon, the Apple Store, Google Play, iTunes, Roku, or YouTube TV), you’ll have to have to go through them instead of Shudder. But the steps are similar.

How many devices can use Shudder?

Shudder supports Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku devices, as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Google Chromecast, and Xbox One. For more on device compatibility, see this section.

If you’re wondering how many devices can watch Shudder at the same time, the official answer is one. But in our testing we were able to watch on three devices at once. Of course, we can’t promise that this will work for you—Shudder could shut that down at any time.

But if you subscribe to Shudder through Amazon Prime Channels or YouTube TV, you’ll be able to watch on up to three devices without fail. We recommend subscribing to Shudder directly, though, since it’s a much better experience.

Can I watch Shudder on multiple devices simultaneously?

Officially, Shudder supports only one stream at a time. But when we tested this, we were able to watch on up to three devices. Since that’s not Shudder’s intent, we can’t guarantee it will work for you. If you want more streams, subscribing to Shudder through Prime Video Channels or YouTube TV will allow you to stream Shudder on three devices at a time without fail.

What makes Shudder different from cable?

Shudder, like any other streaming service, differs from cable TV in that the service costs less, has no contracts, and comes to you over the internet instead of a cable connection. And, as a predominantly on-demand service, Shudder has only three live channels.

How does Shudder work?

Shudder works like any other streaming service. Just sign up directly through Shudder (or add Shudder to your Amazon Prime Video Channels or YouTube TV subscription), download the app on your chosen device, and watch the heads roll.

Is Shudder free?

No. But you can try Shudder free for seven days. After that, it’s $6.99 a month or $71.88 a year for an annual subscription (a 15% discount, dropping your payment to $5.99 a month).

How can you get Shudder?

We recommend subscribing to Shudder directly. Then you can use the Shudder app—the best way to experience the service—on a variety of devices.

Shudder is also available as an add-on through Amazon Prime Video Channels or YouTube TV, but you won’t be able to use the Shudder mobile app.

All methods include a free 7-day trial.

Is there a Shudder gift card?

No, but you can sign up for an account in your friend or relative’s name, then give them the username and password.

Methodology’s TV experts have hundreds of hours’ experience researching and testing Shudder. In our research, we look at other horror streaming services, comparing them based on price, catalog, features, and more. We then present the data, along with expert recommendations, to our readers in these reviews. To learn more about our process, see our How We Rank page.

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