The Ghoul Log is back and so is Joe Bob as December on Shudder is packed with seasonal scares and exclusive movies and series. Here’s our breakdown of what you should check out. Click on any linked movie to see our full review.
- Brotherhood of the Wolf: One of my all-time favorite movies, it’s time that this movie gets the audience it demands.
- House of Wax (1953) and House of Wax (2005): No matter what flavor you want — original goodness or 2000s gloss — you’ve got it this month.
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out: Ricky (now played by Bill Moseley) has his brain slushing around in a clear brain dome and is being explored by a blind psychic in this deranged sequel.
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation: Speaking of weird sequels, this one has all the ideas that didn’t make it into Society and one of those is Clint Howard getting eaten by a gigantic bug. It isn’t Christmas without this film.
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toymaker: Mickey Rooney claimed that the scum who made the first Silent Night, Deadly Night should be run out of town. That didn’t stop him from being in the fifth movie.
- Mill of the Stone Women: A doomed heroine and the just as damned hero who cannot help but to remain in love with her? If you love Eurohorror, you’re going to get obsessed by this one.
- To All A Good Night: A Christmas slasher, sure. But a Christmas slasher directed by David Hess? You know it!
- The Advent Calendar: Don’t sleep on this well-made foreign thriller that takes a high concept — possessed advent calendar — and makes it work.
- Screams of a Winter Night: A regional movie inspired by regional movies, this film gets in all sorts of creepy stories along with an ominous mood. It’s a blast.
- Devil Times Five: If you’re afraid of children, you’d do well to avoid this movie. Unless you want to see Leif Garrett as a killer kid and piranha get dumped in a bathtub.
- Fangs: Did the DIA crew pick the movies on this day? Good Lord — Shudder is bringing it!
- Switchblade Sisters: Seriously, if you’re not getting Shudder, you’re missing out. This month is packed with so many of my favorites, like this Tarantino-favorite.
- Spider Baby: “Sit around the fire with the cup of brew. A fiend and a werewolf on each side of you. This cannibal orgy is strange to behold and the maddest story ever told.” I have been known to become incredibly emotional while watching this movie.
- Hail to the Deadites
- Death Valley: Military commandoes enter a bunker to save a scientist who is being stalked by the creature she helped create.
- All the Colors of Giallo: If you’re new to the giallo genre, this is a great start!
- Orgasmo: Carroll Baker becomes part of a trio couple with a brother and sister who have murderous designs on her. Umberto Lenzi directed and awesome, as are the next three films.
- Knife of Ice: Baker plays a woman who has been mute since the death of her parents. Now, she’s being stalked by a Manson-like black-gloved giallo killer!
- So Sweet So Perverse: Produced by Sergio Martino with a screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi, this cover version of Les Diaboliques is stylish and near-perfect.
- A Quiet Place to Kill: Shot by Aristide Massaccesi and directed by Lenzi, this one has Baker play a car racing femme fatale trapped in the middle of a series of murders.
- All The Creatures Were Stirring: If you’re looking for a Christmas anthology, here it is. I wish it were better, but they can’t all be winners.
- Rose Plays Julie
- My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To
- Joe Bob Ruins Christmas: Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy are back with a new Christmas special, plus an auction, telethon, two movies and a major distortion of what Christmas is all about.
- Etheria Season 2: A series of short female-created films with several standouts like “Shevenge” and “Carved.”
December will also have the season finales of Behind the Monsters and The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula. Plus, other holiday movies will be part of Shudder’s Unhappy Holidays Collection, such as A Creepshow Holiday Special, Black Christmas, Sheitan, Christmas Evil, Body, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Better Watch Out, A Christmas Horror Story, Christmas Presence, Deadly Games, Red Christmas and Blood Beat.
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