10 Best Shudder Original Movies to Watch This Halloween, According to IMDb

As the battle of streaming services becomes the next great war in the entertainment world, companies like Netflix and Disney try to outdo each other by offering movies and TV shows unique to their platform. It’s become a nuisance for consumers who have to navigate the ever-expanding market to find out which service offers what they want to watch. Shudder tries to avoid this subscription war by targeting horror fans directly.

By only showing horror movies and some shows like e.g scary show, Shudder has carved a niche for itself in the crowded market. Every year the service adds more movies to its library and also has a collection of Shudder Originals, movies exclusive to the platform. Though they vary in quality, through this initiative, Shudder has proven to produce some of the best horror movies of recent memory.


“The Queen of Black Magic” (2019) IMDb Score: 6.5

Coming from Indonesia The Queen of Black Magic is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. When a father takes his family to the orphanage where he grew up to visit the ailing owner, they soon encounter terrible evil. Two other families join them as they struggle to survive the night.

Despite being a supernatural movie, the film doesn’t skimp on violence and there are more than a few moments that aren’t for the faint of heart. It works almost like an Indonesian evil Deadthough it replaces the comedic undertones of that franchise with a focus on the buried childhood trauma that haunts one into adulthood.

‘Host’ (2020) IMDb Score: 6.5

As the world went into lockdown in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, filmmakers had to get creative to continue their work. No film has excelled in this more than hosta ghost story set entirely over Zoom that proves there are worse calls than your company’s mandated 9 a.m. meetings.

When a group of friends invite a medium to perform a séance with them on Zoon, they accidentally summon a demonic presence with deadly consequences. As they heed the call to try to “stay together,” they are all haunted in their own homes in various chilling and clever ways.

“The Sadness” (2021) IMDb Score: 6.5

One of the most brutal films of recent years and possibly of all time, Sadness is an uncompromising whirlwind of violence. As a virus sweeps through Taiwan, it turns the populace into sadistic monsters, giving free rein to their most carnal and barbaric desires, no matter how grotesque or depraved. Two separated lovers try to reunite as their city is engulfed in a tide of blood.

extreme horror movie Sadness is not for someone with a weak stomach. However, gorehounds will be in heaven as no part of the human body is safe as heads and limbs are severed, broken and spattered with ruthless abandon.

“Vicious Fun” (2020) IMDb Score: 6.5

Tap into the nostalgia of the ’80s that’s been on the rise lately thanks to shows like stranger things, Wicked fun is a hilarious throwback to the horror comedies of this decade. When horror film critic Joel stumbles into a serial killer support group, he must play to stay alive.

Each of his group members pays homage to a popular fictional killer, from Jason Voorhee’s deputy Mike to the smooth-talking Bob in the plastic suit who resembles Patrick Bateman. As Joel’s attempts to escape from his psychotic new friends produced suitably gory results, Wicked fun is an absolute smash hit that every horror fan should check out this spooky season.

‘La Llorona’ (2019) IMDb Score: 6.6

La Llorona (also known as The crying woman) follows an elderly Guatemalan dictator on trial for a genocide against indigenous peoples he ordered in the 1980s. Surrounded by his loyal family, the dictator defends himself against the accusations but is slowly being haunted by the ghosts of those he has wronged.

A dark drama disguised as a haunted house film La Llorona has much to say about the atrocities committed by governments and those in power who get away with it. The film uses the horror genre to illuminate these horrifying events, and the real-life horrors that resemble those in the film are more disturbing than any horror film.

‘Impetigore’ (2019) IMDb Score: 6.6

Another Indonesian ghost story, impetigore takes place in a remote village where children are cursed to be born skinless. After learning that she has inherited a house in the village, Maya travels there with her best friend in hopes of selling it. Instead, she encounters hostile villagers who believe her death will end the curse placed on her.

impetigore succeeds by focusing on Indonesian folklore, a subject that is underrepresented outside of the country. Equally fascinating and frightening impetigore is one of the best international folk horror films and will have you wanting to travel to new cities in a hurry.

‘Speak No Evil’ (2022) IMDb Score: 6.6

A recent publication don’t say anything bad is a disturbing psychological thriller from Denmark. When a Danish family vacationing in Italy meets a Dutch family, they quickly become friends. After receiving an invitation to stay at home with their new friends, the Danish family accepts the invitation, with terrifying consequences.

To say more would spoil the surprises don’t say anything bad contains, but it’s a twisted exploration of social norms and how far one will lower oneself in order to accommodate others. The film ventures into very dark territory while the plot reveals more of itself. So be prepared for a dark story that will stay with you after it ends.

“All the Moons” (2020) IMDb Score: 6.7

Set in 19th-century Spain, All moons tells the story of a young orphan who is badly injured by a bomb triggered during the civil war. The girl saved by a mysterious woman gains immortality by turning into a vampire. She lives with her new mother in the forest and learns to live with her new powers.

comparisons attract Let the right one in and Pan’s Labyrinth, All moons is a dark fairy tale. An exploration of loneliness from a child’s perspective, the film focuses less on its protagonist’s craving for blood and more on her desire to be loved, creating a narrative that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.

‘Mad God’ (2021) IMDb Score: 6.8

Less a film than a glimpse into the mind of its creator, crazy god is a stop motion project that has been in the making for thirty years. Tells the story of a masked man known as the Assassin, crazy god follows this character’s journey down an unforgiving pit of nightmarish imagery and bizarre creatures. It will appeal to anyone who enjoys watching spooky animated movies.

Created by an acclaimed master of visual effects Phil Tippetknown for his work Jurassic Park and war of stars, crazy god is his heart project. He began working on it in 1990, and its creation took a significant personal toll on Tippett, as he suffered a nervous breakdown during the process. His deteriorating mental health is present in the film’s stiflingly somber atmosphere, showing the pain art can inflict on its creators.

“Dogs Don’t Wear Pants” (2019) IMDb Score: 6.8

Devastated by the death of his wife, Juha struggles to bond with his teenage daughter while going through life emotionally paralyzed. A chance encounter with the dominatrix Mona ignites a new spark in Juha, and as their sessions become increasingly dangerous, a bond begins to form between the submissive and his dominatrix.

An unconventional dark romance from Finland, Dogs don’t wear pants is a sex-positive exploration of grief, trauma and human connection. While the extreme bondage sessions may be too much for some viewers, the bond that blossoms between the two main characters makes for a surprisingly sweet and hopeful story.

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