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Since 2015, Shudder has been offering thrills and chills to any cord cutters who just want a good scare. Under the ownership of AMC, Shudder offers a large collection of horror movies and shows including Host, Bliss, and Ginger Snaps. While Netflix, Crackle, and most of the other streaming services out there do have horror films, Shudder’s single-genre focus and low price make it one monster of a streaming service.
What’s scarier than any title in Shudder’s collection? Missing out on their free trial! Here’s all the information you need to avoid that terrifying situation.
Shudder does have a free trial, giving you a chance to decide if their service is the right level of terrifying before you give them a dime. Now isn’t that a deal that most horror film characters would kill for?
This free trial is available whether you subscribe to Shudder through their website or through iTunes, Google Play, Roku, Fire TV, or Amazon Prime Channels.
The Shudder free trial lasts 7 days. Did they make it that long as a thinly-veiled reference to The Ring? Or maybe it’s an ode to the thriller movie 7 days? Any of those are possible. More likely, though, it’s because one-week trials are the norm in the streaming industry. Even the horror genre has to be normal sometimes.
Unless you cancel within the 7-day trial period, you will be charged automatically at the end of the trial. You’ll have to enter your credit card information to start the trial, and they will let you know on the sign-up page when and how much you will be charged. Just be sure to cancel prior to the date that they show you, and you won’t have to pay anything.
When you sign up for the trial, the default membership is set to annual, so if keeping an eye on cancellation deadlines isn’t your supernatural ability, you might consider changing that to monthly. You can always adjust the membership type if you decide to stay.
There are two pricing options. The default is an annual membership for $56.99 per year. This will be billed up front (after the trial, of course) for the full year, and is the equivalent of $4.75 per month. The monthly option is slightly more expensive at $5.99 per month, but you only get charged for one month at a time. These prices are relatively low compared to most multi-genre streaming services, so they should draw the cold stares of anyone with a singular focus on horror. For more information, be sure to check out our complete guide to Shudder.
Unlike a haunted house, it’s not hard to get out of Shudder. The lack of contracts means that you are never locked in. The cancellation process will depend on whether you signed up through the Shudder website, through PayPal, or through a different streaming service or device. Shudder does have a support page for how to cancel a membership if you run into any additional difficulties.
If you signed up through the Shudder website, go to their homepage, click “My Account” in the upper-right corner of the screen, and click “Cancel Membership” in the lower-right corner under “Membership Settings.” They will guide you through the rest of the cancellation process.
If you signed up through PayPal, you will need to log into your PayPal account and cancel the recurring payment. Once this payment is canceled, you will receive a notification that the subscription has also been canceled.
If you signed up through a different service or device (iTunes, Google Play, Roku, Fire TV, Amazon Prime Channels) you will need to cancel through that same service.
Hopefully, this guide hasn’t been too scary. We’d prefer you to get your frights from Shudder’s movies and shows instead of from us. We know how cautious horror fans are about opening doors, so be sure to check out our Shudder review to find out whether the service is really for you. Once you are ready to get started with Shudder, just come back to this page to make sure you have the latest information on their free trial.
Do you want to know what other streaming services go bump in the night? CordCutting.com has all the most spookily accurate information that every cord cutters needs, so feel free to browse the rest of our site — if you dare.
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