AMC’s Fear Fest is a Halloween tradition that has changed quite a bit over the years. With the network’s focus on more original programming and its reliance on advertising, the old days of Monster are long gone. Shows like The Walking Dead are huge hits and helped boost Fear Fest in recent years, but now the network is branching out to the internet to recapture that classic horror fan base.
Consumers who previously signed up on Shudder’s public pre-launch website have started to get invites over the last 24 hours, and can now join the service for two free months. After that, Shudder is charging $4.99 a month, or $49.99 for a full year. An AMC Networks spokesperson confirmed the beta test Tuesday, but said that there’s no firm date yet for Shudder coming out of beta.
Shudder currently offers access to more than 200 movies, including titles like the Korean horror movie A Tale of Two Sisters, the classic Nosferatu and recent Hammer vampire movie Let the Right One In. The site also features curated collections for topics like “urban decay” or “romantic bloodsuckers.”
Word is that there will be a separate feed that will show a non-stop schedule of horror films called Shudder.TV, a nod to the classic Monster Fest format that used to give all sorts of films for two full weeks around Halloween.
I, for one, would love to see a return of Joe Bob Briggs and Monstervision to complete this horror nostalgia trip.