Crossing the Streams is our monthly look at all the offers that are on offer each month for the major streaming services. This time around, we’re looking at the new Shudder arrivals for December 2020. This month’s titles include A Good Woman is Hard to Find, Luz: The Flower of Evil, A bevy of Giallos, and more!
The list of newcomers to Shudder for December 2020 is below. But first, I’m going to celebrate five movies that are currently available on the world’s top horror streaming service.
This December – yes, the last month of that terrible year – it only feels natural for a horror streamer like Shudder to turn into vacation fear. Sure, their December arrival features plenty of other horrors as well, including an entire collection of Giallos, but it’s the Christmassy horror films that we want to celebrate here. We take the subgenre pretty seriously when it comes to these parts, as our huge list of Christmas horror movies shows, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the focus of this month’s Shudder guide.
The streamer – still the best online bargain for horror lovers – is adding a handful of Christmas horror favorites to the service this month, along with other genre films like Everything for Jackson (2020), A good woman is hard to find (2019) and The pale door (2020) and new specials with Joe Bob Briggs and Eli Roth. Combined with the Christmas horror they’ve already had, the number of eligible films is now more than enough to warrant a marathon on the way to Christmas Day. Most are worth watching, but read on to take a look at five of the best Christmas horror movies currently on Shudder.
Deadly Games (1982)
Do you remember Home Alone? Of course you do, but now remember that the two robbers were replaced by a troubled man in a Santa suit who wanted to kill the kid in the house. Still sounds funny? Do i have a movie for you This vacation thriller from France hit the Macaulay Culkin film by a year in theaters, but it wasn’t until decades later that a damn person saw it. It’s a late 80s time capsule with soft focus, mullet, and a Bonnie theme song that freaks out Tyler. The child at risk, played by the director’s own son, is a delight who uses his imagination and love of action films to survive the night.
Blood Beat (1983)
You think you know what to expect with “Christmas Horror,” but that early 80s Wisconsin lens weirdness is here to prove otherwise. A family reunion over the holidays turns into chaos when a young woman becomes obsessed with the ghost of a long-dead samurai from Japan. “What the hell?” You say, and I can only answer that: “Yes.” Cue kills with a samurai sword, ghostly presences, supernaturally induced orgasms and much more. Classical music in the score adds to the madness in unexpected ways and while you may not fully understand this gem, it is no less a gift to remember this holiday season.
Never accept an invitation to a stranger in the country. Never. It should be a no-brainer, but for a group of die-hard young adults celebrating the vacation, it’s a lesson they ignore. Show off your host’s strange behavior, surprise discovery of what – or who – he keeps in the basement, and some really awkward conversations around the dining table. The great Vincent Cassel has never been as awkward as he is here as her highly suspicious host, and while the film goes in some really dire directions, its absurd tone (at times) makes for deceptively harmless fare.
Three friends gather for an intimate party at someone else’s home – someone who doesn’t know they’ve broken into – but when an uninvited death raises its head, their bonds of friendship begin to crumble. Think of a smaller shallow grave to get an idea of the tone, black comedy, and cruelty that awaits you, and you are in the appropriately twisted stadium. A trio of indie favorites – Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen and Lauren Molina – take the lead here, delivering intense and surprising performances. It may just be borderline horror, but it’s an adorably dark little tale of suspense that also has the intelligence to cast Larry Fessenden in a key role.
Be Careful (2016)
Originally unleashed at festivals as a Safe Neighborhood, this new vacation favorite has big laughs and bloody thrills as an R-rated Riff on Home Alone – the second on the list! – and its surprises continue to provide entertainment for new watches. It’s a smart thriller with a babysitter and their danger, and both Olivia DeJonge and Levi Miller do a great job. Director / co-writer Chris Peckover brings vacation-themed energy, creativity and violence, and the film holds its pace to a perfect ending. It’s as fun as the horror of a home invasion.
The full Shudder December 2020 list
|11/30||Blood Beat (1983)|
|Rare Exports (2010)|
|12/1||Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)|
|The Lost Boys (1987)|
|12/2||Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)|
|A Blade in the Dark (1983)|
|The Fall of the Bloody Iris (1972)|
|The Corruption by Chris Miller (1973)|
|Death laid an egg (1968)|
|The Editor (2014)|
|The Fifth String (1971)|
|The New York Ripper (1982)|
|The Night Evelyn Came From The Grave (1971)|
|The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)|
|Short Night of the Glass Puppets (1971)|
|What did you do with Solange? (1972)|
|Your vice is a locked room and only I have the key (1972)|
|12/3||Everything for Jackson (2020)||A shudder original|
|Castle Freak (2020)|
|12/7||Brown the Corpses (2017)|
|Zombie Child (2019)|
|12/10||Eli Roth’s Tale of Horror – Season 2|
|12/11||Joe Bob saves Christmas||A shudder special|
|12/14||A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019)|
|Let’s Prey (2014)|
|December 17||The Pale Door (2020)||An exclusive shudder|
|December 18||A Creepshow Holiday Special||A shudder special|
|December 21||Luz: The Flower of Evil (2019)|
|Soul Collector (2019)|
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