Best of Shudder - November 2016

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by

I've been raving about Shudder since getting access to its beta last year. (You can read my initial review here.) They've added a ton of changes and it works smoother than ever and dare I say I spend more time on its iPad app than Netflix? It's the horror lover's streaming dream and if you haven't already subscribed, you're missing out. Shudder should seriously send me a referral link or something because I can't stop recommending it. (Uh, you're welcome, AMC.)

To continue passing on the Shudder love, I'll be compiling a monthly collection of my favorite flicks from classic horror to indie titles for you to stream. I'm here to make your movie night a little easier. No need to endlessly scroll with me around. Writing with purpose over here. Enjoy!

Phantasm (1979)

The Tall Man is here in a Shudder exclusive, totally remastered format. Phatasm is a horror/sci-fi classic that's influenced many genre films and is a cult favorite. If you're going to watch anything this month, this is my top pick. The remastered cut is really beautiful and what better way to pay tribute to Angus Scrimm this year?

Innsmouth (2015)

I love that Shudder is starting to include short films in their lineup. Izzy Lee is one of my favorite feminist filmmakers. There isn't a single thing she's created that I haven't loved. I reviewed her film Postpartum last year. Innsmouth is an award winning short that takes on classic H. P. Lovecraft material and is perfect for suspense lovers. Take ten minutes to sneak this flick into your day. 

The Perfect Host (2009)

The Perfect Host is part black comedy, part thriller, and a really fun watch that proves you don't need ghosts to make an entertaining horror film. (Looking at you, Blumhouse.) I overlooked this one for many years and after checking it out last month, realized it's a totally underrated title. I recommend grabbing some beers (and other recreational material, real subtle, right?) before hitting play. When you're finished, check out director Nick Tomnay's original short that inspired it. 

Society (1989)

Brian Yuzma's Society is one of my favorite body horror movies of all time. Yuzma's cult horror films are some of the very best in the genre, which is kind of hysterical coming from the guy who directed the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids movies. Fans of Cronenberg will really dig this fucked up narrative about what it means to be the weirdo in an acceptance obsessed society. 

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

I can't believe I haven't heard more people talking about Berberian Sound Studio. Berberian Sound Studio explores its character's experiences working on a giallo film, which blur the lines between reality and a psychedelic dream, while keeping the film's content a mystery. Berberian Sound Studio is visually striking and pays tribute to its 1970s Italian predecessors. It's unexpectedly spooky and deserves more praise.

Best of luck narrowing down your Shudder watchlist this month and I'll catch you in December with more Shudder recommendations. Happy viewing! XO


  1. I tried their free trial in October -- "Society" and "Stage Fright" were two I was pleasantly surprised to find available.