Horror streamer Shudder launches in Canada

Just in time for Halloween, the new SVOD is hoping to give audiences chills, with content co-curated by TIFF's Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes.

ColinGeddes-1With the Canadian SVOD landscape in a state of flux, a new niche player has today entered the domestic market in the form of horror streamer Shudder, just in time for Halloween.

Curated by TIFF’s Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes (pictured) and former Fangoria editor Sam Zimmerman, the AMC Networks-owned platform launches with more than 200 titles, of which 85% cannot be found on other Canadian streaming services, according to a release.

Shudder, which launched in the U.S. in 2015, aims to serve both casual and hardcore horror fans with indie films, TV series, horror classics and Hollywood blockbusters.

Among the Canadian titles on the service at the time of launch are Bob Clark’s 1974 horror classic Deathdream, Aston-6′s The Editor and Eli Craig’s Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. All the films are found in Shudder’s “It Came From the North” Canadian collection, which also features The CorridorThe ShrineFather’s DayThe Last Will and Testament of Rosalind LeighMonster BrawlBloody KnucklesManborgExit Humanity and Funeral Home.

On the international front, the SVOD also launches with Japanese horror flick Sadako vs. Kayako, Rob Zombie’s thriller 31 and Andy Milton and Jesse Holland’s We Go On.

The ad-free service also said it will look to add and acquire Canadian content for its library in the future.

Shudder costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 for a yearly subscription and is available on the streamer’s website, mobile apps for iOS and Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Roku platform.