As we hunker down in our homes and prepare for self-isolation with as much toilet roll and dry pasta as they can possibly carry, there’s a glimmer of good news in the middle of the coronavirus. That’s right, Shudder is offering horror hounds a 30-day free trial due to COVID-19.
While the idea of working from home and lounging around in pyjamas sounds like a novel idea at first, let’s not pretend it soon loses its appeal. By the time you settle into your second week of monging on the sofa in your pyjamas and finding an excuse not to shower, you’d be forgiven for people thinking you’ve turned into your very own George A. Romero zombie.
Thankfully, Shudder is here to make self-isolation a little better with its free trial. Boasting horror classics, new takes on the genre, foreign favourites, and indie treats, Shudder has something for gore whores everywhere. Unlike most subscription services, Shudder is purely horror focussed, meaning you can feast on frights until your heart’s content.
To access your 30-day free trial, simply head to the Shudder site and enter the code “SHUTIN”. While it works in the USA, I can confirm it’s also valid in the UK so bloody Brits can also enjoy horror at home. Well, it looks like Shudder is set to ‘butcher’ Netflix over the next 30 days.
So, what’s on offer? From the critically acclaimed Let the Right One In to Wes Craven’s original The Hills Have Eyes, there’s also Rom Zombie’s out-there (and criminally underrated) House of 1000 Corpses, you can get your Nazi zombie fix with Dead Snow, and men will be left crossing their legs as you sit down to watch Teeth.
Alongside this, let’s not forget Shudder is also the home of Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow. As a TV reboot of Romero and Stephen King’s beloved horror anthology, The Walking Dead executive put his own spin on the idea for last year’s limited series. You can slice your way through all of Creepshow‘s six episodes ahead of its Season 2 release — whenever that is.
Basically, Shudder is cleverly cashing in on coronavirus and putting a twisted smile on all our faces. If you want to remind yourself we’re trapped in a world that’s gripped by COVID-19, why not settle in for an evening of Night of the Living Dead, Train to Busan, and Re-Animator? If not, who can really beat WolfCop? Don’t have nightmares!
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