Shudder Essentials

Shudder Essentials

There are some movies you’ve got to see. Foundations of horror. Haunting classics. New school gems. These are the films from which spring series and subgenres. These are the monsters, killers, spirits, towns and tales that captivate our fear. These are Shudder essentials.

There are some movies you've got to see. These are Shudder Essentials.

Nosferatu
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F.W. Murnau's silent version of DRACULA is one of the greatest horror films ever made.

The Old Dark House
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In this classic chiller, stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric family.

Black Sunday
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A vengeful witch returns to possess her descendant in Mario Bava's most famous film.

Blood and Black Lace
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A masked killer terrorizes a chic fashion house in Mario Bava's seminal giallo.

Night of the Living Dead
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George Romero's original zombie classic introduced viewers to a new type of terror.

Don't Look Now
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A grieving couple meet a psychic who leads them into a frightening and suspenseful experience.

Black Christmas
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This horror classic about a killer stalking sorority girls on Xmas helped spawn the slasher genre.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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A group of friends are terrorised by a chainsaw wielding madman and his depraved family in this legendary horror.

Deep Red
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A teacher gets drawn into a serial killer's web in Dario Argento's iconic giallo.

Halloween
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An escaped killer returns home in John Carpenter's classic.

Nosferatu, The Vampyre
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Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake stars the ghoulish German actor Klaus Kinski.

Phantasm: Remastered
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Don Coscarelli’s beloved 1979 sci-fi horror classic returns in a new restoration.

The Changeling
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In this haunted house essential, a composer moves to a secluded Victorian mansion inhabited by a paranormal entity.

The Beyond
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In this gore classic, a woman inherits a hotel built over an entrance to Hell.

Ms. 45
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A mute seamstress goes on a killing spree after being assaulted in Abel Ferrara’s classic.

Day of the Dead
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After a zombie apocalypse, scientists attempt to reverse the reanimation process.

Re-Animator
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This beloved ‘80s cult horror hit follows a student who brings the dead back to life.

Demons
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A horror movie audience turns into bloodthirsty demons.

Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer
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This controversial horror classic follows a serial killer and his partner-in-crime.

Hellraiser
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A puzzle box reveals a realm of sadistic monsters led by a being named Pinhead.

Ghostwatch
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A TV reporter takes her crew to investigate a haunted house in this legendary British “documentary”.

Pulse (Kairo)
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A strange website claims to offer visitors the chance to connect with the dead.

A Tale of Two Sisters
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In this Korean horror classic, scary things happen after two sisters are reunited.

Oldboy
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Locked up in a strange prison for 15 years, a man is freed and out for answers in this modern revenge classic.

Let The Right One In
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A bullied boy befriends, then falls for a vampire girl in this recent horror hit.

The House of the Devil
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A man lures a babysitter to a house with an unusually large sum of money.