The Best Underrated Movies On Shudder Right Now
Shudder just hit one million subscribers, and that is huge for the genre streamer. It legitimizes something us genre geeks have always known. There are a ton of us, and if you give us a good product, we will pay. Luckily, over the past several years, Shudder has worked out some of the kinks while continually adding high-quality films. They have every sub-genre covered, including some independent and foreign films you can’t get anywhere else. If you want a night of hiding under your blanket and turning every light on in the house, here are The Best Underrated Movies On Shudder Right Now.
If you are looking for something to set the mood for Fall, here’s a list of The Best Underrated Movies on Shudder Right Now. This list won’t include the obvious picks like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Hellraiser, which are both fantastic and still scary after all these years, but rather some movies you may not have thought of. These are the films that keep you up at night. The ones that stick with you years after you’ve seen it and the ones you always turn to when you want to be bone-deep afraid.
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
Easily one of the best zombie movies ever made is scary, impeccably done, emotional, and stunning. This might be more than The Best Underrated Movies On Shudder. It might be the best horror movie on Shudder, full stop. It’s that good.
The 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
This film is always overlooked, and I can’t imagine why. It is so perfectly rendered; it guides you to the most intense ending ever. Pacing in horror movies is essential, and very few films do it as well as this one.
A former addict begins to have strange episodes after moving into her childhood home in this relentlessly disturbing ghost story from BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director Eduardo Sanchez. But where that film relied on off-screen atmosphere to create dread, here Sanchez serves plenty of on-screen scares, resulting in a film that follows in the footsteps of graphic shockers like THE ENTITY. Richly exploring the parallels between psychosis, addiction and demonic possession, LOVELY MOLLY is a gripping look at how the traumas of the past come back to haunt us. Contains strong language, sexual scenes, violence and gore.
Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden
This is the one movie I come back to time and time again. Gretchen Lodge’s performance as Molly is fantastic, and there is not one moment that isn’t filled with absolute terror. The ending will blow your mind.
When a young couple travels to a shady hospital for cosmetic surgery, the boyfriend stumbles upon a patient suffering from an experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her, but doesn’t realize she’s ground zero for an outbreak which will change the doctors, patients, and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty, utterly outrageous zombies. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon
Zombie movies are rarely my thing, and zombie comedies definitely aren’t. That being said, this festival circuit hit is fantastic with a capital F. It’s gory, gross, and funny as F. Read our full review here but watch it first!
On an ordinary suburban street in Buenos Aires, voices are heard from kitchen sinks. Bodies are levitating. Evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague, and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of this neighborhood nightmare. Demian Rugna’s must-see TERRIFIED is one of the scariest movies of any year. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
Cast: Maxi Ghione, Norberto Amadeo Gonzalo, Elvira Onetto, George Lewis, Agustín Rittano
This is probably the scariest movie on the list regardless of subgenre. It hits many different sweet spots with ghosts, demons, and deadly suburbs. Incredible practical effects and a compelling score make this a must-watch Read our full review here.
In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals – suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.
Cast: Kwak Do Won, Hwang Jung Min, Kunimura Jun, Chun Woo Hee
This is one of the most beautiful horror movies you will ever see. It is also one of the creepiest and most bleak. This is always on a top-five Korean horror list and often a top-five overall list. This is one of the Best Underrated Movies On Shudder Right Now.
Incident In A 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
The performances by Taylor Hickson and Emilia Jones are great, and the set pieces are so well-conceived they make the movie. Director Pascal Laugier weaves another weird, frightening film. Read our full explained piece here after watching.
The Taking Of Deborah Logan
After months of searching, Mia Medina has found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan and her daughter Sarah. But as the days progress, they observe behaviors and occurrences that show the progression to be far more advanced than anyone was prepared for. What becomes apparent is that there’s something besides Alzheimer’s that has taken control of Deborah’s life. It’s an evil that is far worse than the debilitating disease with which she was first diagnosed.
Cast: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Brett Gentile
The utter helplessness and uncertainty of what is happening are what makes this one so good. This one is a marathon so settle in because it requires a steady heart and a patient mind. The payoff is big, so stick with it.
Warning Do Not Play
Aspiring director Mi-jung is struggling with ideas for a new horror film, until she hears about a mysterious film. One that’s rumored to be shot by a ghost. The hunt begins, but as Mi-jung gets closer to the truth, the line between her film and her life begins to blur. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
Cast: Narendra Singh Dhami, Ye-ji Seo, Seon-kyu Jin, Bo-ra Kim, Cha Yub, Yoon-ho Ji
Korean horror is heavy on atmosphere and spooky as hell. Warning is a prime example. It doesn’t exactly stick the landing, but the first three-fourths of the movies are really scary. There are some quality jump scares and excellent use of tension to drive the fear. Read our full review here.
Six friends get together during lockdown for their weekly zoom call. It’s Haley’s turn to organise an activity and instead of a quiz, she’s arranged for a Medium to conduct a séance. Bored and feeling mischievous, Jemma decides to have some fun and invents a story about a boy in her school who hanged himself. However, her prank gives license for a demonic presence to cross over, taking on the guise of the boy in Jemma’s made-up story. The friends begin noticing strange occurrences in their homes as the evil presence begins to make itself known, and they soon realise that they might not survive the night. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
Cast: Haley Bishop, Radina Drandova, Jemma Moore, Caroline Ward, Emma Webb, Edward Linard
I’m a sucker for found footage. Admittedly the shaky-cam mockumentary has lost some of its shine, but Host came at the right time. For the post-pandemic zoom world we now find ourselves in, Host is a genuinely scary film. It’s a low budget thriller, but don’t let that deter you. If you love found footage, it’s perfect. This surprise hit makes The Most Underrated Movies On Shudder Right Now.
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As the TV/Streaming Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre tv. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. When I’m not watching and writing about my favorite movies and series, I’m introducing my family to the wonderful world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. My only regret, there is not enough time in the day to watch everything.