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The Best Movies on Shudder as Ranked by the Experts

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If you’ve only recently signed up for the best horror app out there, you’re likely wondering what the best movies on Shudder are. You’ve got hundreds to choose from, but if you only have a few hours to spare, you definitely don’t want to choose a dud. Fortunately, the foremost experts on Shudder have your back.

If you head over to the House of Shudder Facebook group, you’ll find droves of fans discussing the top flicks on the app. There are always a few outliers, but the favorites on the streaming service remain pretty consistent. So without further ado, here are the best movies on Shudder to enjoy tonight.

Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

This one is a bit disturbing, but it’s not so over the top that it can’t be enjoyed. A mother and her two daughters move into a newly-inherited house, and their first night in the new place is interrupted by some seriously diabolical and sick intruders. Check out the trailer:

This film isn’t for the weak of heart, but it’s no doubt one of the best movies on Shudder. Queue up The Office afterward, though, because you might need a bit of help coming down.

A Bluebird in My Heart (2018)

This isn’t your typical horror movie – if it’s horror at all. An ex-con moves to a motel run by a woman who lives there with her daughter. The young girl befriends the reformed convict, and after the two become close, she’s physically assaulted by an acquaintance. Definite trigger warning on this one.

As you might imagine, the ex-con deals with the situation in his own way. This is definitely a gripping film and easily one of the best movies on Shudder if you can get past the whole non-horror thing.

Hell House, LLC (2015)

If you’ve yet to see this found footage classic, it’s the official synopsis that will give you a clear view on what to expect:

“Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, a documentary crew travels back to the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened.”

Even people who don’t enjoy found footage loved this flick. The two follow-up films are also on Shudder, and while many don’t think they’re quite as good, you’ll certainly want to watch to see how the story began and if it ever ends.

Mayhem (2017)

This one has Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead fame, and Joe Bob Briggs covered it on an episode of The Last Drive-In. I’d recommend watching it with Joe Bob since you’ll get to enjoy the film along with Darcy and the greatest redneck drive-in critic out there. Here’s the trailer:

Yeun plays a white collar worker who’s gotten screwed over by his company for the last time. Mere moments after he’s fired, a virus that has a violent effect on the infected ravages its way through his office building. Awesomeness ensues.

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (2019)

Any conversation involving the best movies on Shudder must now include Dogs Don’t Wear Pants. After losing his wife in an accident, the lead character starts seeking out the service of a dominatrix. There are certainly some cringeworthy moments in the movie – related directly to the sub/dom relationship – but it’s honestly one of the most tragic and healing love stories you’re going to come across.

Just so you know in advance, there’s definitely some (fictional) abuse going on in this film. It’s not anywhere close to the level of Saw or Hostel, though, and the overall story makes these few harsh moments barely noticeable.

3 From Hell (2019)

You might not think that Rob Zombie’s followup to Devil’s Rejects deserves to be on a list of the best movies on Shudder, but the streaming service is one of the few places you’ll find the flick. If Zombie’s stuff isn’t your cup of tea, feel free to scroll past this recommendation. If you enjoyed the other films, though, this one cannot be missed.

One Cut of the Dead (2017)

Is this a movie within a movie, or a movie within a movie within a movie? Listen, just watch the thing. It became an instant favorite on Shudder when it was made available, and when Joe Bob Briggs showed the film, it resulted in one of the most moving closing dialogues in the show’s history.

If you’re not keen on seeing Joe Bob’s take on the film, feel free to watch it on its own. It certainly has earned a place among the best movies on Shudder. You’ll see credits rolling after about 30 minutes, but keep on watching. Things are just getting started.

Daniel Isn’t Real (2019)

You can’t help but love Shudder exclusives, and Daniel Isn’t Real is a great addition to the category. Check out the official synopsis:

“A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma. He then resurrects his charismatic childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope, not realizing how dangerous Daniel is.”

A crazed imaginary friend? Don’t worry, it’s nothing like Fight Club. Although, a few scenes may seem reminiscent. Just trust me, though: this is one of the best movies on Shudder. It may not be the greatest exclusive on the app, but it’s definitely worth the watch if you’ve got a meager 100 minutes to spare.

Do You Agree with Our Best Movies on Shudder?

Tracking down the gems on a streaming service packed with awesome horror movies can be tedious. The preceding films consistently get high marks from current subscribers, but there’s undoubtedly hidden awesomeness we have yet to discover. Did you find something that belongs among the best movies on Shudder? Tell us in the comments!

Curt has been an avid horror fan since sneaking the VHS of "Child's Play" out of his parents' room at the age of 8. Now he gets his jollies from found footage, B horror flicks, and films that couldn't pull off a theatrical release.