By Derek Munyon
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
There is now a streaming service especially for horror flicks and it is brought to you by AMC. That’s right, the network that brings you “The Walking Dead” is now giving you an entire horror film streaming service in Shudder.
Shudder offers a wide range of horror films from a number of horror genres in its cur-rent open beta format.
Content from a range of sub genres and decades is avail-able, including some hard-to-find indie flicks and grindhouse classics. If you’re looking for the major works in the genre’s history, however, it’s kind of hit and miss.
Shudder has Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” and John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London” for example, but is missing the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th,” and any of the classic Universal Monster movies.
AMC’s Halloween programming called “Fear Fest,” has a lot of classic horror flicks that they show, and it’s surprising that their hosting rights didn’t transfer to their streaming service. However, there are many international and B-list gems on the site, along with a lot of newer fare that is either seen as extremely important to the genre or incredibly kitsch.
Shudder is certainly a service for fans of the genre as a whole rather than those of the classics. If you’ve always wanted to watch “Ichi The Killer,” “Henry, Portrait of a Se-rial Killer,” “White Zombie,” “Demons,” or “Dark Star,” or have even heard of those titles, then this streaming service could be for you.
The service is offering a month for free. If you’re interested in Shudder after that, it’s $4.99 a month or $49.99 for a year. Shud-der is available through the service’s website and available on Roku and smart TVs that are Roku compatible.