Top horror films on Shudder UK (2021)
James R | On 31, Oct 2021
The UK’s only subscription streaming service dedicated entirely to horror, the only thing more frightening than the movies available on AMC’s Shudder UK is just how diverse its catalogue is. From modern gems to old classics, and a whole heap of hidden terrors in between, it’s a treat for genre fans at £4.99 a month.
We delve into the whole catalogue to pick the best horrors available on the site…
On the lookout for more recommendations? Read our full Shudder UK reviews here.
Xavier Burgin’s documentary insightfully surveys the history of Black representation in horror cinema.
The Queen of Black Magic
Kimo Stamboel’s slow-build ghost story allegorises a generation struggling to extricate itself from the past.
Queen of Earth
Elisabeth Moss is incredible in this absorbing study of a toxic friendship.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Tobe Hooper’s seminal film changed American horror cinema forever. Read our full review
Brandon Cronenberg’s ambitious sci-fi thriller is as slick as it is unsettling.
Natalie Erika James’ thoughtful, terrifying debut is a haunted house tale with heart.
Corinna Faith’s 1974-set ghost story conceals in its dark hospital corridors a parable of female repression and revenge.
Putting the sham in shamanism, Banjong Pisanthanakun’s terrifying mockumentary makes the medium the message.
A pair of terrific performances anchor Ruth Platt’s creepy and engaging child’s-eye-view ghost story.
A haunted online seance? Rob Savage’s scarily innovative Zoom chiller is an early contender for the horror movie of the year and is undoubtedly the definitive lockdown film to beat. Read our full review
Olivier Assayas captures the uncertainty of the digital age in a haunting drama of isolation. Read our full review
“The ghosts of a nation’s future past make this Lao horror a deftly handled allegory of class and cultural clash.” (Read our full review.)
Found Footage 3D
A group of filmmakers sets out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, but find themselves in a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage. Smart, funny and surprisingly scary, this is an instant modern classic that manages the rare trick of making found footage cool again.
During a scorching Greek summer, a stranded foreigner finds himself in a bureaucratic purgatory as he tries to retrieve his residence permit, while the crushing heat threatens to send him over the edge into paranoia and madness. A strikingly intense and atmospheric debut.
Tigers Are Not Afraid
This magical realist horror is a haunting fairytale that unfolds against the backdrop of Mexico’s drug wars – and if that doesn’t doesn’t make you want to watch Issa López’s unique 2017 gem, we don’t know what will.
As Janie (Sarah Hagan) recovers from a violent psychotic break, she is subjected to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker (Barbara Crampton). But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.
This First Nations zombie thriller is a provocative horror that explores the exploitation and siege of an indigenous community with gore, tension and smarts.
Sadako vs Kayako
One of the most improbable franchise crossovers in the history of improbably franchise crossovers, Koji Shiraishi’s collision of Ringu and Ju-On: The Grudge is no-holds-barred fun that has its tongue wonderfully in cheek.
Visceral, violent and distressing, this is an expertly executed mix of Western and horror. Read our full review
It Stains the Sands Red
Colin Minihan’s desert-set zombie survival flick plays out as odd-couple romance.
Camp killings meet true crime in this fantastically unpredictable Finnish horror. An urban legend about urban legends, and how much people buy into them, this is a cracking addition to the slasher genre.
Satan’s Slaves director Joko Anwar strikes gold again with this haunting, macabre tale of a young woman who returns to her hometown to inherit a house.
The Curse of Frankenstein
Peter Cushing is so iconic in this Hammer take on Mary Shelley’s classic that it spawned six sequels.
VFW director Joe Begos helms this visceral tale of addiction/vampirism. A short, sharp dose of intense cinema, it’s a dizzying rush to experience.
The Witch in the Window
Scary, unsettling, eerie and moving, this haunted house chiller is a slow-burning treat.
A nation confronts its past in this superb spin on a Latin American folktale that sees a horde of protestors threaten to invade the opulent home of a man who committed great atrocities years ago – while only loyal housekeeper Valeriana is on hand to hold fort until a mysterious young Indigenous maid arrives.
The Beach House
A seaside holiday sinks into Lovecraftian apocalypse in this atmospheric aquatic debut.
We Go On
Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s highly original horror is a confrontation with death and the beyond.
A small-scale thriller but, like its kick-ass and unstoppable heroine, it punches well above its weight.
A surreal sci-fi written and directed by Graham Skipper, star of Almost Human and Beyond the Gates, with body horror fantasia to match its romance.
Silly but serious, The Void is a straight-faced pastiche of 80s horror – a cult film in every sense of the word.
The Night Eats the World
The morning after a party, a young man wakes up to find that Paris has been invaded by zombies in this entertainingly intelligent undead flick.
Joe Lynch gets his groove back with this playful horror comedy, which is guaranteed to please anyone with a 9-to-5 job.
The House of the Devil
Indie horror director Ti West made his mark with this terrifying ‘80s throwback, which sees a stranger lures a babysitter to a house with an unusually large sum of money. But when she arrives, Samantha doesn’t find any kids. Just a large and very creepy house, which may not be as empty as it seems.
When a film’s plot can be summed up with the words “zombie” and “sheep”, you know you’re in for a good time. This darkly funny B-movie is a knowingly fun romp.
Let the Right One In
A haunting meditation on desire and devotion, this tender vampire coming-of-age tale is one of the best horrors in recent memory.
Filip Jan Rymsza’s modern monster movie is a tragic parable of insects, economics and the cycles of metamorphosis.
The Boy Behind the Door
This cruel coming-of-age cat-and-mouse thriller is a dark, harrowing watch.
This twisting meta-serial killer thriller is a darkly entertaining ride.
Skull: The Mask
Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman bring bloody bedlam and an allegory of national rapine to the streets of contemporary São Paulo.
Reducing the fate of the universe to child’s play, Steven Kostanski’s super-bloody lo-fi sci-fi pastiche is impossibly charming.
An instant cult classic, sci-fi/horror Fried Barry is an insanely brilliant shamble through the scabby underside of Cape Town.
The forces of fascism, patriarchy and misogyny are ever resurgent in Chris Smith’s ghostly pre-war gothic horror.
Elza Kephart’s hilarious killer jeans horror skewers an exploitative clothing industry with bloodthirsty satire.
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
Alexander O Philippe’s intriguing interview with The Exorcist helmer fully immerses us in the director’s worldview – one that’s swayed by fate as much as faith.
Anything for Jackson
A kindly old couple raise hell to get their dead grandson back in this dark apocalyptic comedy.
Random Acts of Violence
Jay Baruchel’s meta-slasher unearths uncomfortable truths in its genre entertainment.
David Cronenberg’s coolly clinical sci-fi Scanners is mind-blowing art for outsiders.
Anna and the Apocalypse
Endlessly appealing, this Christmas zombie musical is a true triple threat.
Widower Shigeharu seeks advice on how to find a new wife from a colleague. Taking advantage of their position as a film company, they stage an audition. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu is enchanted by the quiet Asami. But soon things take a twisted turn as Asami isn’t what she seems to be in Takashi Miike’s controversial thriller.
Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero’s zombie classic is one of the most important horror films ever made.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Hideo Nakata’s chilling, imaginative horror is as unsettling as it is influential.
With its eerie and decaying gothic atmosphere, and Max Schreck’s unforgettable, otherworldly vampire, FW Murnau’s Expressionist horror masterpiece seems to get increasingly disturbing as time passes. Cloaked in light and shadow, it creates a symphony of dread.
Richard Kelly’s enigmatic, mind-bending fusion of teen movie, horror flick and sci-fi thriller is an instant cult classic.
House on Haunted Hill
The inimitable Vincent Price stars as a suave, eccentric millionaire who invites five guests to spend the night in a sinister haunted house, offering each $10,000 but only if they survive until morning.