SHUDDER, a streaming service for horror fans. Much better than Netflix!
By Brattix Maximus
This is an update to my original review (see the text below the line of asterisks), in which I gave SHUDDER 4 stars. I am now giving it only 1.
UPDATE: June 2018...
If I could, I would give SHUDDER ZERO stars in its current form.
After letting my SHUDDER subscription lapse several months ago, I doubt if I’ll be renewing it anytime soon - if ever...
Has anyone noticed that SHUDDER’S title now reads, “SHUDDER - Horror and Thrillers”?
On the day someone (AMC, SHUDDER’S Parent Company, I suppose) decided that it would be good for their bottom line, apparently - to flood SHUDDER with mystery programming, which included BBC mysteries, for Heaven’s sake - I knew doing so would *not* be good for horror fans, like myself.
Why? Because, with very few exceptions, I *HATE* mysteries! They are just *not* “my cup of tea”, so to speak. If they’re yours - fine. My husband loves reading mystery novels and that’s great - but, I don’t. I never have.
The problem with SHUDDER as it now exists - is that the people who focus on increasing profits obviously don’t know the first thing about whatever fandom they’re providing a service to, in the first place.
They “adjust” the programming into whatever the marketing executives *think* will widen the audience, until the end result is something completely unrecognizable from whatever made it successful in the first place! Then, the fans like me, go away because what made us loyal viewers of the channel in the first place is now almost nonexistent. The programming heads add a bunch of shows and movies that have absolutely nothing to do with the genre we love...
The viewers continue to fall off and the profits decline. Next, someone decides that the genre the channel was made for in the first place just doesn’t work, and they let the channel (or, service) die a slow death.
In my opinion, this is what has happened with SHUDDER. The mystery fans can always get their mysteries on some other service, like Netflix, etc. Why would anyone assume that a mystery fan, is automatically going want to sit through gory movies like “Basket Case”, “Phantasm”, “The Evil Dead”, “Night of the Living Dead” or “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” after they’ve just watched a genteel cerebral Scotland Yard murder mystery? Those kinds of mysteries don’t usually attract fans of blood and gore and vice versa.
Last year or so, SHUDDER conducted a survey asking subscribers for suggestions on attracting more viewers. I didn’t really know, but, as far as I am concerned, adding mysteries and thrillers which absolutely would not be classified as being part of the horror genre and then changing its description from “Horror” to “Horror and Thrillers” (apparently to justify the change) was definitely *not* the way to go.
I wonder whether changing the nature of a horror-only streaming service like SHUDDER, from “Horror” to “Horror and Thrillers” by adding programs that have nothing to do with the Horror genre, like mysteries, etc., will work out in the end?
Sometimes, there really is an advantage to “doing one thing and doing it well.” Or, at least, “Not throwing the baby out with the bath water.”
Will SHUDDER’s gamble to attract more viewers by abandoning its identity as the “First ever Horror-only streaming service”, pay off?
Only time will tell...
I have been a SHUDDER subscriber for over a year, now. SHUDDER is a MUCH better streaming service to have - if you are a horror fan - than Netflix. Although SHUDDER does not offer "first run" horror movies at this time [I find the really good ones now are few and far between, anyway], SHUDDER does seem to have more horror movies than Netflix streaming. As a horror fan for 50 years - I'm 54 - most of the time, I can find a horror movie worth watching [that I haven't seen 10 times before] on SHUDDER - again, unlike Netflix. SHUDDER also has exclusives - like Netflix - but, unlike Netflix streaming, SHUDDER'S exclusives are all in the horror genre.
I can always find a horror movie worth watching on SHUDDER. Not every movie fits my tastes, but - again unlike Netflix - I can practically guarantee that there is one, in fact, worth watching. Each horror movie comes under a heading. If you like horror comedies, serial killers, ghosts, mutants, mutant animals, sci-fi horror, Asian horror, zombies, even some Hammer horror...the list goes on and on. It's easy to find something to your liking. SHUDDER'S list of horror sub-genres is like a menu at an All You Can Eat horror movie buffet. And, it's cheaper than Netflix.
Whether you like horror comedies, supernatural horror, Asian horror, ghost stories, classic horror movies, "creature features", "midnight madness" type of drive-in horror movies, or movies by legendary names in horror, like Romero, Argento, Barker, Fulci, etc., you can always find a horror movie worth watching on SHUDDER. Their collections are curated by horror connoisseurs.
I watch SHUDDER using the app on Apple TV. It also plays on other IOS devices, like my iPad Pro. You subscribe through iTunes. I am not sure why, but lately, (as of this writing, on May 25, 2017) I have noticed that sometimes, I can't always get a movie to stream right away from my Apple TV on my Samsung smart TV - but that has never happened before. Sometimes, I have to air play a program from my iPad Pro to my TV screen using "screen mirror". That's the ONLY reason I gave the app 4 stars, instead of 5.
SHUDDER is the best streaming service for horror fans. Cheaper...and better. I highly recommend it!