A-Z of Horror on Shudder

Online horror streaming site Shudder has a horror movie for everyone. Don’t believe us? Well we managed to pick a great and gory horror flick from their extensive list for every letter of the alphabet (with only a tiny bit of cheating!)

Check out the A-Z below and find out more about Shudder right HERE

A is for ABCs of Death (2012)imgres
26 directors contributed grisly death-themed shorts for this hit horror anthology, including Ti West (THE INNKEEPERS), Adam Wingard (YOU’RE NEXT), Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES), Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST), Noboru Iguchi (THE MACHINE GIRL) and Marcel Sarmiento (DEADGIRL). Inspired by children’s educational books, the gruesome group of directors were assigned a letter of the alphabet and given free rein to tell a story about death. Provocative, shocking, funny and ultimately confrontational, THE ABC’s OF DEATH is the definitive vision of modern horror diversity.
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imgresB is for Battle Royale (2000)
In a world where teenagers have no respect and adults are losing control there can be only one solution: Battle Royale! Now, see what happens when you let a high school class loose on an island, arm them and then give them a simple choice… Kill your friends or have them kill you; with poison, cross-bows, machetes and dynamite. ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano (Violent Cop, Zatoichi) is a teacher pushed to the edge by his unruly charges. Kidnapped and gassed, his class wake up with exploding metal rings around their necks. If they rebel, they could lose their heads. Now they have three days and only one is permitted to survive this grisly battle to the death.
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C is for Colin (2009)imgres
After being bitten by a zombie, twenty-something Colin (Alastair Kirton) returns from the dead and wanders the streets of an apocalyptic London encountering familiar faces and new enemies as he tries to find purpose in his new life as a member of the undead. Made on a budget of £45, this British horror by Marc Price is a fresh take on the zombie film, choosing to tell its story from the point of view of the undead as opposed to the living. Colin was described by academic and Zombie aficionado Peter Dendle as “a provocative approach to a zombie apocalypse”.
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imagesD is for Dark Skies (2013)
Lucy and Daniel Barrett (Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) are suburban parents trying to get by and provide for their sons. The struggles of normal life become extraordinary as the Barretts start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their home. Soon, the Barretts begin falling victim to alarming physical and mental affl ictions, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force which they must uncover by any means necessary. From the team behind Insidious and Sinister comes the next chapter in truly terrifying supernatural horror.
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E is for Eaten Alive (1976)imgres
A crazy veteran’s backwoods hotel comes complete with a hungry, hungry crocodile in Tobe Hooper’s fearsome follow up to THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. But the killer croc’s not the only horror icon in this twisted tale – Hooper also cast the original Morticia Addams, Carolyn Jones, scream queen Marilyn Burns, and future Freddy Krueger Robert Englund in supporting roles. Using a wild beast instead of a man with a chainsaw, Hooper serves up another chilling cautionary tale about pissing off the wrong folks when traveling through the wild backcountry of America.
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imgresF is for Frankenstein’s Army (2013)
A battalion of soldiers are forced to face off against an army of undead soldiers – or they’ll be joining their ranks whether they like it or not. During the end days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory. Stumbling on a village decimated by an unseen terror, they discover a mad scientist (HELLBOY’s Karel Roden) has created an unstoppable army of undead soldiers with steel for flesh. Faced with dissention among their ranks, they must find the courage to face down this terrifying menace – or die trying.
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G is for Grindhouse: Planet Terror (2008)imgres
When an experimental bio-weapon is accidentally unleashed near a small Texan town, a deadly virus breaks out, infecting its victims with a zombie-like plague. It’s up to a rag tag team of survivors including a go-go dancer with a machine gun leg and her mysterious ex boyfriend to find the source of the outbreak and escape the carnage whilst battling the undead. Originally released theatrically as part of Tarantino and Rodriguez’s double feature, GRINDHOUSE, PLANET TERROR is an over the top, roller coaster ride that lovingly pays homage to grindhouse cinema of the 70s and 80s.
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imgresH is for Hellraiser (1987)
A puzzle box reveals a realm of sadistic monsters led by a being named Pinhead, who torture the depraved man who unlocks it. Escaping Pinhead’s wrath, what remains of Frank hides out in his attic, until a chance encounter leads him to enlist his brother’s wife Julia, with whom he had a passionate affair, to lure victims home so Frank can feed off their blood. Clive Barker’s essential 80s classic offered audiences weary of slashers a thrilling new alternative: a sexually-charged horror-fantasy with a villain more terrifying””and goth””than Freddy or Jason.
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I is for Infestation (2009)imgres
On the first day of his new job, slacker Cooper finds himself in a web of terror when he awakens in his cubicle ensnared in a cocoon. Struggling to escape his webbed prison, Cooper comes face to face with his aggressor – an angry 3ft bug hellbent on devouring the human race. Joining forces with a group of office survivors, Cooper leads his colleagues in the fight against the insect invasion. Featuring a stand out comedic performance from Chris Marquette, INFESTATION is an unexpectedly enjoyable slice of action-horror comedy.
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imgresJ is for Jug Face (2013)
A pregnant teen discovers her neighbors plan to sacrifice her to an evil entity who lives in a pit on the edge of her backwoods community. Even though Ada knows that a sacrifice is required to keep the pit happy, Ada decides to escape. But the pit wants what it wants and when it doesn’t get it, there’s usually hell to pay. Director Chad Crawford Kinkle’s debut is a chilling take on hillbilly horror, featuring indie horror legend Larry Fessenden and BLADE RUNNER’s Sean Young in supporting roles and special effects by legendary gorehound Robert Kurtzman.
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K is for Someone’s Knocking at the Door (2009)imgres
Returning to the medical school where they were test subjects decades ago, a pair of outrageously twisted serial killers use shockingly brutal sex acts to start killing off a group of drugged-out med students.
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imgresL is for Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)
A man becomes convinced his religious mother is trying to contact him from the dead in this subtle supernatural thriller from Rue Morgue Magazine founder Rodrigo Gudiño. After the mysterious death of reclusive Rosalind Leigh (Vanessa Redgrave), her estranged son, Leon, arrives at her house to take stock of his inheritance. But there’s more to this house than dark corners and dusty antiques. Rosalind has left something behind, and it’s been waiting for Leon. Now this force from beyond the grave will pursue him during a night of constantly increasing terror…
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M is for Midnight Son (2011)imgres
Suffering from a rare skin disease that makes him sensitive to sunlight, Jacob (Zak Kilberg) lives an isolating existence, rarely leaving his apartment other than to attend his night job. At a bar one evening, he instantly falls in love with the beautiful bartender but finds himself struggling to resist his vampiric urges as their relationship takes him down a dark path. Described by horror critic Kim Newman as a “a bloody and well-acted vampire curio”, MIDNIGHT SON is a well crafted horror film with a surprisingly engaging adult love story at its heart.
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imgresN is for Night of the Living Dead (1968)
George Romero’s original zombie classic introduced viewers to a new type of terror: the walking dead, slow moving, but determined to feast on your flesh! From the first moments of its iconic opening sequence, NOTLD changed the game for horror directors, creating a genre that – like the zombies themselves – still shows no sign of slowing down. But Romero’s most brilliant and controversial innovation was casting African-American actor Duane Jones as the lead, and offering a devastating – and still relevant – commentary on racism during the film’s final moments.
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O is for The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971)imgres
In Dario Argento’s fearsome follow-up to THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, a blind man (Karl Malden) and a reporter (James Franciscus) investigate a series of slayings connected to a secret genetic facility. The sleuths quickly narrow it down to nine suspects, including the institute head’s beautiful daughter. But each time they get close to solving the crimes, the killer strikes again. Argento trademarks abound here, including stylized use of color during murder scenes, extreme eyeball closeups, and a Hitchcockian finale on a roof that echoes NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
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imgresP is for Patrick (1978)
A comatose patient uses telekinesis to kill in this terrifying Australian horror classic. Lying quietly in his hospital bed, one might mistake Patrick for a hopeless case. But Patrick’s more than meets the eye, and when he becomes fixated on his nurse, he starts using his powers to stop anyone who tries to come between them. Few who saw PATRICK’s final shocking scene ever forgot it, including Quentin Tarantino, who referenced it in KILL BILL. The film’s success outside Australia led director Richard Franklin to Hollywood, where he wound up directing the great PSYCHO 2
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Q is for Quatermass Xperiment (1956)images
Britain’s first rocket has been successfully launched and returns to Earth but communication has been severed. Only one of the three spacemen (Wordsworth) remains on board whose physical and mental health has been severely damaged. He is put under strict observation but his wife smuggles him out of the hospital only to unleash the biggest threat ever to civilisation. For the survivor is being consumed by an alien force, who gains strength from human flesh to multiple and grow, threatening to engulf and kill all living organisms. Professor Quatermass (Donlevy) must find a way to overcome the thing before it becomes impossible.
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imgresR is for Red White and Blue (2010)
This slow-burning story of a promiscuous woman builds to an brutally shocking climax. Erica spends her nights trawling the bars and beds of Austin. Damaged, emotionally withdrawn, sleeping with multiple men is just what she does until she meets Nate who has an honorable discharge from Iraq. Despite his quiet air of danger, Nate’s the only guy who doesn’t seem to want to get her into bed right away and the two form a hesitant bond. But one of Erica’s casual sexual encounters is about to bite back in a big way. Controversial, squirm-inducing and very nasty…
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S is for Shakma (1990)imgres
A genetically-mutated baboon goes bananas in this sickening slice of animal horror. Professor Sorenson (PLANET OF THE APES’ Roddy McDowall) is the head of a university med school who injects Shakma, a genetically mutated baboon with a drug meant to reduce its rage. Unfortunately it does the opposite, and later, while Sorenson’s students are playing a live-action role playing game in the building, the ape goes bananas and starts killing people. Soon, the students have to play a new game called “Run away from Shakma.” You won’t soon forget this murderous monkey.
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imgresT is for Teeth (2008)
In this satirical feminist horror from director Mitchell Lichtenstein, high school student Dawn (Jess Weixler) struggles to suppress her burgeoning teenage desires when she falls for classmate, Tobey. Vowing to stay celibate at her weekly chastity meetings, Dawn continues to struggle with teenage hormones when her lustful stepbrother makes sexual advances towards her. When Dawn becomes the victim of a sexual violent encounter, she discovers that she suffers from a rare affliction: she’s living proof of the vagina dentata myth. Exploring her body for the first time, Dawn learns the pain and power that comes from her unique anatomy.
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U is for The Undertaker and His Pals (1966)imgres
An undertaker and his two restauranter friends drum up business by going out on the town, killing people and using body parts for the menu. Their racket goes awry when two detectives suspect that something isn’t quite kosher with the cooking.
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imgresV is for The Velvet Vampire (1971)
A married couple are invited to the desert home of bisexual female vampire Diane LeFanu, not realizing she’s a centuries-old bloodsucker keen on adding them both to her stable of lovers. Female vampires who swing both ways have been a staple of the genre since Sheridan LeFanu’s “Carmilla” and 1936’s DRACULA’S DAUGHTER. But THE VELVET VAMPIRE stands out for being one of the few such tales directed by a woman, in this instance cult director Stephanie Rothman (TERMINAL ISLAND) who mixes gauzy erotic dream sequences, comedy and nightmarish neck-biting in very fun fashion.
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W is for The Whisperer in Darkness (2013)imgres
Celebrated author H.P. Lovecraf’t’s classic tale of alien horror bursts onto the screen in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s. Folklore professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the most remote hills of Vermont. His inquiry reveals a terrifying glimpse of the truth that lurks behind the legends. Filmed on location in New England by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS treats audiences to a cinematic thrill not felt since the Hoover administration.
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imgresX is for X The Unknown (1957)
In this British science fiction horror film by Hammer studios, the British army inadvertently awaken a radioactive mud monster during a routine drilling exercise. Feeding off of radiation, the monster terrorises a local Scottish village in its search for radioactive energy as the army, headed up by a American nuclear scientist Dr Adam Royston (Dean Jagger), do their best to stop it. Inspired by the Quatermass films and THE BLOB in equal measure, X THE UNKNOWN is an engaging monster movie that contains an important social message about the implications of a nuclear society.
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Y is for Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)imgres
An abusive writer is suspected of carrying out a series of murders with a sickle in this essential giallo from Sergio Martino and writer Ernesto Gastaldi (TORSO). Oliviero is lecherous, alcoholic, racist, and violent towards his wife (Anita Strindberg). So when his lovers start turning up dead, all eyes fall on him. But this is no ordinary whodunit-style giallo. Martino and Gastaldi are skilled at subverting audience expectations – and utilize the divine Edwige Fenech and elements from Poe’s “The Black Cat” to twist the screws ever so deliciously tighter and tighter… Contains sexual scenes, violence and gore.
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Z is for The Zero Boys (1986)imgres
A group of paintball players have to fight for their lives when they find themselves hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one. The Zero Boys must now play their war games for real, but one wrong move and it’s game over. Starring Kelli Maroney (NIGHT OF THE COMET) and featuring a score from the legendary Hans Zimmer (THE DARK KNIGHT), Nico Mastorakis’ (ISLAND OF DEATH) Vestron video classic mixes action, survival and slasher movie elements in a thrilling fright flick that falls somewhere between FRIDAY THE 13TH and DELIVERANCE.
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