The Dead Lands

The Best Horror Movies On Shudder Right Now

The month of February can sometimes be a no man’s land in horror. We often get the dregs and cast offs that weren’t good enough to release in more desirable months and very little new independent horror. Luckily Shudder is there to save our horrific souls with a great batch of newly acquired films. There is gross stuff, weird stuff, and some of the scariest films you have ever seen so sit back and load up any one of these greats. If you are looking for something specific we have lists created for all tastes and sub-genres. Click here for all our lists.

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John Carpenter’s The Fog

The ghosts of shipwrecked sailors return to get revenge on a seaside village on the 100-year anniversary of their deaths at the hands of the town’s founders. Since six were murdered, six residents of Antonio Bay are destined to die. Who will it be? Radio host Adrienne Barbeau? Hitchhiker Jamie Lee Curtis? Party planner Janet Leigh? Priest Hal Holbrook? Or maybe they’ll all be pulled into the fog… John Carpenter’s fearsome follow-up to HALLOWEEN proved the horror legend’s success was no mere fluke. Guillermo del Toro recently named it one of his favorite films.

Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

The Fog remake was hot garbage but the original is actually pretty darn good. More importantly, it has one of the tensest finales in all horror movie history. The last ten minutes delivered in Adrienne Barbeau’s smoky tones place this film on the best on shudder list.


Struggling through a creative rut, hard-partying artist Dezzy Donahue can’t stop the bad streak. In an effort to combat her tough luck, Dezzy throws caution to the wind, indulges in heavy drugs and rages her nights away. Gradually, though, the party starts to end, and in its place, Dezzy finds herself thirsting for blood and suffering from terrifying visions. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.

Cast: Dora Madison, Jeremy Gardner, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield, Graham Skipper

It is a wholly immersive experience not for the faint of heart. Joe Begos outdoes himself with his best film to date. If you are confused by the ending or need to know what you are getting into before watching read Bliss Explained: It’s About More Than Vampires.

The Dead Lands

Dishonoured warrior, Waka Nuku Rau, dies, but the Ancestors in the Afterlife send him back to the world to find redemption and honour. There, in the world of the living, he’s aided by Mehe, a young woman determined to make sure he does. Together they discover the world has been disrupted by forces not of the living. Someone, or something, is preventing the Dead from entering the Afterlife and now the Dead are thrown back into their decaying bodies to hunt the living. Waka and Mehe go on a long journey to discover who created the rift between the world of the living and the world of the dead. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL SERIES, new episodes every Thursday.

This new Shudder series is wildly creative and effective. It is one of the best things I have seen in a long time and Shudder has a bonafide hit on its hands. The Dead Lands is gory epic awesomeness. For fans of fantasy and gore its perfect for a binge night. If you need more enticement read our review here.

Incident In Ghostland

On the first night in their new home, Colleen and her daughters suffer a terrifying home invasion. Sixteen years later, eldest Beth reunites with her family at the dark house where Colleen and Vera still live. Something strange is happening, again. From the director of MARTYRS, comes a frightening, visceral new horror story. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.

Cast: Crystal Reed, Mylene Farmer, Taylor Hickson, Emilia Jones, Anatasia Philips

Easily one of my favorite movies for the ambiguous craziness of the final twist. It is one of those kinds of WTF movies that I just love. If you are into scary and cerebral stream this now. Read A Simple Theory of Torture: Ghostland Explained after when your head is swimming.

A Tale Of Two Sisters

In this Korean horror classic, scary things happen after two sisters are reunited. The bond between Su-mi and Su-yeon is so strong, even a stay at a mental hospital couldn’t break it. When they return to live at their country home, the girls’ father has remarried and strange events soon lead to dark revelations. LA Times critic Kevin Thomas called it “A triumph of stylish, darkly absurdist horror that even manages to strike a chord of Shakespearean tragedy – and evokes a sense of wonder anew at all the terrible things people do to themselves and each other.” (In Korean with English Subtitles)

Cast: Su-jeong Lim, Moon Geun-young

The Korean original of the American The Uninvited is far superior and I really liked the remake. It is full of twists and even if you already know the final reveal it’s still fun to rewatch and catch all the hints you missed the first time.

Cheap Thrills

After down-and-out family man Craig (Pat Healy, COMPLIANCE) simultaneously loses his job and is served an eviction notice, he runs into his long-lost deadbeat pal Vince (Ethan Embry, EMPIRE RECORDS) at a local dive bar. As the two drink their troubles away, they are lured by a couple celebrating a birthday (ANCHORMAN’s David Koechner and THE INNKEEPER’s Sara Paxton), who shell out obscene wads of cash to Craig and Vince in exchange for taking on harmless bets. The party continues to a strip club and eventually to the couple’s home, where the cash payoffs increase wildly as the challenges become more outrageous, hilarious, illegal and even downright inhuman.

Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner

Cheap Thrills is funny and gross and full of fun. It is a perfect party movie and a cult classic. If you are looking for a dark comedy with plenty of blood Cheap Thrills is your huckleberry.

Train to Busan

When a mysterious virus breaks out across the country, the infected turn into the murderous undead. A few terrified travelers find themselves trapped on a bullet train from hell, fighting for their lives as hordes of the living dead crash towards them, crawling closer with every stop. Suspicion is rife and tensions run high as some will do anything to survive and make it to the safe zone.

Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma

It’s emotional and scary and unrelenting. If zombies are your thing this is an incredible addition to the subgenre. This best movie on Shudder contender is guaranteed to make you cry and scare the crap out of you.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE not only changed the face of horror in 1974 but still remains one of the most shocking, powerful and terrifying films ever made. Widely banned on its release it’s notoriety has not diminished and this harrowing tale of a depraved Texan clan, and its chainsaw wielding icon of horror, Leatherface, continues to stun and disturb audiences like no other film. This new director supervised restoration brings new life and detail to the film and immerses the viewer as never before. Contains violence and gore.

Cast: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

You can’t have a best-of list without including this masterpiece from Tobe Hooper. It’s a classic for a reason. Some groundbreaking cinematography was produced here as well as a scary as hell family of psychos.


The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers’ psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it’ll be too late for many people.

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles

The original that started a massive franchise that is still going. Pound for pound Michael Myers remains the King of all scary killers. It also paved the way for a Final Girl who doesn’t just survive but kicks some ass.


A puzzle box reveals a realm of sadistic monsters led by a being named Pinhead, who torture the depraved man who unlocks it. Escaping Pinhead’s wrath, what remains of Frank hides out in his attic, until a chance encounter leads him to enlist his brother’s wife Julia, with whom he had a passionate affair, to lure victims home so Frank can feed off their blood. Clive Barker’s essential 80s classic offered audiences weary of slashers a thrilling new alternative: a sexually-charged horror-fantasy with a villain more terrifying and goth than Freddy or Jason. Contains violence and gore.

Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence

Clive Barker is a God and Hellraiser is one of his best. Pinhead and the rest of the Cenobites are easily the most interesting group of bad guys in all of horror.

Exorcist III

A cop (George C. Scott) investigates brutal murders similar to ones committed by a long-dead serial killer. But the decapitations and crucifixions couldn’t be the work of the “Gemini Killer” – or could they? After his priest is butchered in a hospital, Lt. Kinderman traces the clues to the psych ward, where a patient claims to be Damian Karras (Jason Miller), the priest who died during the final moments in THE EXORCIST. William Peter Blatty’s complex adaptation of his sequel novel, “Legion”, contains a hallway scare scene that belongs in the horror history books.

Cast: George C Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

There is one particular scene that I won’t spoil but it is worth watching the movie for. It was beleaguered forever as a terrible remake for reasons I will never understand. It has finally got the respect it deserves.


Derek Cho (Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client (Samara Weaving, “Ash vs Evil Dead”) who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.

Cast: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand

If you are looking for raucous, bloody fun this Shudder exclusive fits the bill. Workplace horror never looked so great.

Creepshow The Series

CREEPSHOW, the new anthology series based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life in a series of twelve vignettes over six episodes, exploring terrors from murder to the supernatural and unexplainable. Haunted dollhouses, werewolves, murderous goblins, villainous trick-or-treaters, the dead, and medical marvels are just a few of the things to watch out for in this new series. You never know what will be on the next page…

The series is great and really captures the feel of the original Creepshow while providing completely new stories. Read our reviews here.

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  1. Very well done. I just got shudder this last december, and love it so far. Please keep us updated, thank you !


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