• John Opalenik

Seven Horror Movies for Your Seven Day Free Trial of Shudder


We're well into October, and in the era of COVID-19, the most many of us can hope for on Halloween is a horror movie marathon as we stay in with our loved ones. Here's a list of seven horror movies that you can enjoy during your free trial of Shudder (a product of AMC which is billed as "the Netflix of horror"). These are listed in no particular order. I just like all seven. I'd like to say as a disclaimer that these are horror movies, so I suggest that you visit each movie's IMDB page to check if the movie is for you and to let you know about any content that may be triggering to you in a not so fun way.


  1. Halloween. John Carpenter's classic. An undeniably good movie that gave a jumpstart to an entire subgenre. A masked killer stalking suburban babysitters may sound a little overdone at this point, but that's just because this movie is so good that it spawned countless imitators, few of which can even compare to this modern classic.

  2. The Quiet Room. Originally released on the amazing YouTube channel, CryptTV, The Quiet Room is a short film that delivers on powerful thematic content, LGBTQIA+ representation, and some great scares.

  3. Behind The Mask The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Any time a movie can be both a parody of a genre and a great example of that genre at the same time, I'm impressed. This movie does just that. Here's hoping that there's a long-awaited sequel on the horizon.

  4. Satanic Panic. This movie was written by Grady Hendrix, one of my favorite horror authors and if you're familiar with his work, you know what to expect. A perfect blend of intense horror and hilarious comedy and somehow one never detracts from the other.

  5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This movie scared me more than any other movie when I was a teenager and looking back on it, it holds up. It's well filmed and scary.

  6. Deadwax. While it's technically a series rather than a movie, with eight episodes with runtimes of about fifteen minutes each, you can watch the entire series in the time it takes to watch a long-ish movie. It's a classic "cursed media" story about an ultra-rare vinyl record that is unique in that every person who has ever listened to it dies as a result.

  7. Night of the Living Dead. The movie that kicked off the modern zombie subgenre. It's a classic movie with great scares and a healthy dose of social commentary.

Of course, there's a lot more to Shudder than these examples and if you're a horror fan, you'll find it well worth the small monthly fee. That being said, you can watch a lot in seven days and even more if you have good luck/timing and find a discount code for a 30-day trial.




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