Today’s streaming platforms each deliver their own style. Which one dominates the horror genre?
The battle for streaming supremacy is still roaming large as they each have delivered hit after hit in original series and movies. From Netflix to even newcomers like Peacock and Paramount Plus, each one has its own niche that seems to fit with its style and approach.
When it comes to horror movies, though, one stands out above the rest. The only issue at hand is that it only specializes in that genre and nothing else. I am talking about AMC’s Shudder.
Why Shudder is the best streaming service for horror
Shudder is a streaming platform that maximizes its content to pure horror and delivers a great selection. From horror classics like John Carpenter’s Halloween along with some of its sequels, to Day of the Dead and Carrie, this vast mixture of contemporary films with exclusives and originals is any horror fan’s dream.
The interface is very user-friendly with a live TV option. Shudder currently has three live channels including the very popular The Last Drive-In with Shudder favorite Joe Bob Briggs. With over 630+ titles, it is honestly the best bang for your buck horror platform in the market today.
They currently have two available plans and you can access Shudder through your Smart TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV add-on, or AMC+. The easiest go-to plan is the monthly option which starts at $5.99 a month after their free 7-day trial. The other option is for those who just like to rip off the band-aid for a yearly one-time payment. That will run you up to $56.99 for the full year. Both are very affordable options for anyone looking to become a horror geek.
However, if you don’t want to splurge on a streaming platform with strictly horror movies and shows, there are other options with a greater variety of genres while doing the terror class justice.
The three that also have a great selection of horror are HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
HBO Max makes room in their library for classic and historical films of the genre. They have hits like Poltergeist, The Shining, the Conjuring trilogy, and American Psycho, just to name a few. This doesn’t necessarily match up in volume compared to Shudder, but these movies deliver with great quality that will keep you entertained.
Hulu is a great undercard for horror fans. The intriguing benefit of Hulu’s selection is that they don’t tend to stick with pure horror-suspense and that’s it. They try to vary with fan-favorites like The Babadook all the way to supernatural demon titles like Southbound. They know how to space out their subcategories, making it work in their favor.
Amazon Prime Video would rank in the bottom half of this list, but still delivers with the genre. The slight edge it carries is that sometimes they receive the “just left theaters” horror selection first before any other platform. With recent releases like The Black Phone, The Resort, and X, Prime still manages to impress without falling too far from the top.
Here’s how the prices break down with these three streamers:
- HBO Max – $10.00/month with ads, $15.00/month no ads
- Hulu – $6.99/ month with ads, $12.99/month no ads, $64.99/month no ads + Live TV
- Amazon Prime Video – $14.99/month or $139.00/year
Which streaming service is your favorite to watch horror movies?