December 2021 is looming and it’s almost hard to believe the year is ending. While journalists across the globe are preparing their “Best of” lists, AMC’s all horror/thriller streaming platform, Shudder, is lining up a pitch-perfect end to the year with new and classic titles in their already impressive catalog.
Not only will their classic “Ghoul Log” be returning to wish everyone a “very scary New Year,” but the streamer will also feature the season finale of the hit competition show The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula as well as the season finale of Behind the Monster Season 1!
In addition, you’ll find all their holiday-flavored horror in one collection under the Unhappy Holidays Collection which will debut on December 1st.
Check out the full calendar of releases below, and let us know what you’ll be watching as we big farewell to 2021!
What’s new on Shudder in December 2021
Mill of the Stone Women: In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor’s ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art. (Available on Shudder US, Shudder Canada, and Shudder UKI)
To All a Good Night: A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
Brotherhood of the Wolf: In 18th-century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his Native American friend Mani are sent to the Gevaudan province at the king’s behest to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
House of Wax (1953): An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.
House of Wax (2005): A group of teens are unwittingly stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2: Better Watch Out: The comatose Ricky Caldwell reawakens and begins to stalk a blind woman, with whom he shares a psychic connection.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation: A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman who leaped from a building in flames finds herself mixed up in a cult of witches who are making her part of their sacrificial ceremony during the Christmas season.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toymaker: An elderly toymaker and his son make killer toys designed to kill their customers, children.
The Advent Calendar: A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. Eva (Eugénie Derouand) has been paraplegic for the past three years. When her birthday arrives, she receives a strange advent calendar as a gift. But instead of the traditional sweets, every day reveals something different; sometimes pleasant but often terrifying, and increasingly bloody. It’s going to be a very deadly Christmas this year. (Available in all Shudder territories)
Screams of a Winter Night: An anthology in which a group of college coeds spending a winter’s night in a remote cabin pass time by telling scary stories to each other. (Available in all Shudder territories)
Devil Times Five: After five deranged children are involved in a bus wreck, they start killing people at the lodge who insulted them or were rude to them. (Available in all Shudder territories.)
Fangs: In this gem of drive-in terror, a snake lover sends out venomous snakes and reptiles to kill his enemies. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
Switchblade Sisters: The leader of an inner-city girl gang is challenged when a new girl moves into the neighborhood. (Available on Shudder US, Shudder Canada, and Shudder UKI)
Spider Baby: In this twisted cult horror-comedy, deranged siblings torment unfortunate visitors. Elizabeth, Virginia and Ralph all suffer from Merrye’s Syndrome, which causes them to regress to a state of “pre-human savagery and cannibalism.” Normally, they’re kept in line by their chauffeur, but when he steps out, things turn terrifying. (Available on Shudder US, Shudder Canada, and Shudder UKI)
Hail to the Deadites: A documentary about the fans of the Evil Dead films that explores the classic franchise’s undying and ever-growing popularity.
Death Valley: A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. A group of battle-weary guns for hire are commissioned to rescue an imprisoned scientist from a secret Cold War bunker. Upon entering the facility, they find themselves in a fight for survival when they come under attack from a terrifying creature of unknown origin. (Available in all Shudder territories)
All the Colors of Giallo: ‘Giallo’ is Italian for ‘yellow’, the color of the lurid pulp novels that inspired one of the most intense, extreme and influential genres in movie history. In this unprecedented documentary, experience the evolution of giallo through interviews with the masters of the form, including Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, Sergio Martino, Daria Nicolodi and many more. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
Orgasmo: When an American widow arrives at her late husband’s luxurious Italian estate, she surrenders to an orgy of ménages à trois, madness and murder. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
Knife of Ice: As a thirteen-year-old, Martha Caldwell witnessed the death of her parents in a terrible railway accident. Barely surviving the tragedy herself, Martha was struck dumb due to the shock. Now an adult, the still mute Martha lives with her uncle Ralph in the Spanish countryside. Martha’s cousin Jenny arrives to be with the family but is quickly stabbed to death. It appears that a sex maniac is roaming the countryside, killing pretty, young girls. The already traumatized Martha seems likely to be the next victim, but the case turns out to be far more complicated than it would first seem. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
So Sweet So Perverse: Jean, a rich Parisian socialite, comes to the aid of a frightened young woman who is under the domineering control of her abusive boyfriend, Klaus. Although married, Jean develops a romantic relationship with Nicole. However, he may have gotten himself involved in more than he bargained for. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
A Quiet Place to Kill: A racecar driver whose life is in a rapid downfall is invited by her ex-husband’s new wife to stay at their plush estate. The two women form a bond, and it’s not long before their mutual dislike for the husband culminates into a plan to kill him. As it turns out, though, they’re not alone in plotting murder. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
All the Creatures Were Stirring: Ho, ho, no! The joyful spirit of the holidays is about to take one dark turn after another. From sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to keep you from getting out of bed to see what’s under the tree this holiday season.
Rose Plays Julie: In this intimate exploration of identity, trauma and power, a young woman seeks out her birth mother, inadvertently triggering a string of events which change both of their lives. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To: Two mysterious siblings find themselves at odds over care for their frail and sickly younger brother. (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
Joe Bob Ruins Christmas: Iconic horror host and foremost drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs returns with a new The Last Drive-In double feature just in time for Christmas, premiering live on the Shudder TV feed. In what has become an annual holiday tradition, the new special will feature a telethon and charity auction of one-of-a-kind props from The Last Drive-In and personal memorabilia from Joe Bob’s 35-year career. The details of this year’s items, charities and films will be revealed during the special. (Also available on demand beginning December 19.) (Available on Shudder US and Shudder Canada)
Etheria Season 2: Etheria Season 2 shocks and awes viewers with new horror, thriller, and science fiction episodes directed by women featuring killer strippers, time traveling lovers, vengeful girlfriends, vigilantes sex workers and demented wrestlers.
Netflix Doc ‘Devil on Trial’ Explores The Paranormal Claims of ‘Conjuring 3’
What is it about Lorraine Warren and her constant row with the devil? We may find out in the new Netflix documentary called The Devil on Trial which will premiere on October 17, or at least we will see why she chose to take on this case.
Back in 2021, everyone was holed up in their homes, and anyone with an HBO Max subscription could stream “Conjuring 3” day and date. It got mixed reviews, maybe because this wasn’t an ordinary haunted house tale that the Conjuring universe is known for. It was more of a crime procedural than a paranormal investigative one.
As with all of the Warren-based Conjuring movies, The Devil Made Me Do It was based on “a true story,” and Netflix is taking that claim to task with The Devil on Trial. The Netflix e-zine Tudum explains the backstory:
“Often referred to as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case, the trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson quickly became the subject of lore and fascination after it made national news in 1981. Johnson claimed that he murdered his 40-year-old landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. The brutal killing in Connecticut drew the attention of self-professed demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, known for their probe into the infamous haunting in Amityville, Long Island, several years prior. The Devil on Trial recounts the troubling events leading up to Bono’s murder, the trial, and the aftermath, using firsthand accounts of the people closest to the case, including Johnson.”
Then there’s the logline: The Devil on Trial explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a US murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.
If anything, this companion to the original film might shed some light on just how accurate these “true story” Conjuring films are and how much is just a writer’s imagination.
Paramount+ Peak Screaming Collection: Full List of Movies, Series, Special Events
Paramount+ is joining the Halloween streaming wars happening this month. With actors and writers on strike, the studios are having to promote their own content. Plus they seem to have tapped into something we already know, Halloween and horror movies go hand-in-hand.
To compete with popular apps such as Shudder and Screambox, which have their own produced content, the major studios are curating their own lists for subscribers. We have a list from Max. We have a list from Hulu/Disney. We have a list of theatrical releases. Heck, we even have lists of our own.
Of course, all of this is based on your wallet and budget for subscriptions. Still, if you shop around there are deals such as free trails or cable packages that could help you decide.
Today, Paramount+ released their Halloween schedule which they title the “Peak Screaming Collection” and is jam-packed with their successful brands as well as a few new things like the television premiere of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines on October 6.
They also have the new series Bargain and Monster High 2, both dropping on October 5.
These three titles will join a massive library of more than 400 movies, series, and Halloween-themed episodes of beloved shows.
Here is a list of what else you can discover on Paramount+ (and Showtime) through the month of October:
- Big Screen’s Big Screams: Blockbuster hits, such as Scream VI, Smile, Paranormal Activity, Mother! and Orphan: First Kill
- Slash Hits: Spine-chilling slashers, such as Pearl*, Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers*, X* and Scream (1995)
- Horror Heroines: Iconic films and series, featuring scream queens, such as A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place Part II, YELLOWJACKETS* and 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Supernatural Scares: Otherworldly oddities with The Ring (2002), The Grudge (2004), The Blair Witch Project and Pet Sematary (2019)
- Family Fright Night: Family favorites and kids titles, such as The Addams Family (1991 and 2019), Monster High: The Movie, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and A Really Haunted Loud House, which debuts on the service within collection on Thursday, September 28
- Coming of Rage: High-school horrors like TEEN WOLF: THE MOVIE, WOLF PACK, SCHOOL SPIRITS, Teeth*, Firestarter and My Dead Ex
- Critically Acclaimed: Praised scares, such as Arrival, District 9, Rosemary’s Baby*, Annihilation and Suspiria (1977)*
- Creature Features: Monsters take center stage in iconic films, such as King Kong (1976), Cloverfield*, Crawl and Congo*
- A24 Horror: Peak A24 thrillers, such as Midsommar*, Bodies Bodies Bodies*, The Killing of a Sacred Deer* and Men*
- Costume Goals: Cosplay contenders, such as Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Top Gun: Maverick, Sonic 2, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM and Babylon
- Halloween Nickstalgia: Nostalgic episodes from Nickelodeon favorites, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats (1991), iCarly (2007) and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
- Suspenseful Series: Darkly captivating seasons of EVIL, Criminal Minds, The Twilight Zone, DEXTER* and TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN*
- International Horror: Terrors from around the globe with Train to Busan*, The Host*, Death’s Roulette and Curandero
Paramount+ also will be the streaming home to CBS’ seasonal content, including the first-ever Big Brother primetime Halloween episode on October 31**; a wrestling-themed Halloween episode on The Price Is Right on October 31**; and a spooky celebration on Let’s Make a Deal on October 31**.
Other Paramount+ Peak Screaming Season events:
This season, the Peak Screaming offering will come to life with the first-ever Paramount+ Peak Screaming-themed celebration at the Javits Center Saturday, October 14, from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., exclusively to New York Comic Con badge holders.
In addition, Paramount+ will present The Haunted Lodge, an immersive, pop-up Halloween experience, riddled with some of the scariest films and series from Paramount+. Visitors can step inside their favorite shows and movies, from SpongeBob SquarePants to YELLOWJACKETS to PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES at The Haunted Lodge inside the Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles from October 27-29.
The Peak Screaming collection is available to stream now. To view the Peak Screaming trailer, click here.
* Title is available to Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan subscribers.
**All Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers can live stream CBS titles via the live feed on Paramount+. Those titles will be available on demand to all subscribers the day after they air live.
A24 & AMC Theaters Collab For “October Thrills and Chills” Line-Up
Off-beat movie studio A24 is taking over Wednesdays at AMC theaters next month. “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” will be an event that showcases some of the studio’s best horror movies re-presented on the big screen.
Ticket buyers will also receive a one-month free trial of A24 All Access (AAA24), an app that allows subscribers a free zine, exclusive content, merch, discounts, and more.
There are four movies to choose from each week. First up is The Witch on October 4, then X on October 11, followed by Under the Skin on October 18, and finally the Director’s Cut of Midsommar on October 25.
Since it was founded in 2012, A24 has become a beacon of off-the-grid independent movies. In fact, they often outshine their mainstream counterparts with non-derivative content made by directors who create visions that are unique and untempered by large Hollywood studios.
This approach has garnered many devoted fans to the studio which recently took home an Academy Award for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Coming up shortly is the finale to the Ti West tryptic X. Mia Goth returns as West’s muse in MaXXXine, a slasher murder mystery set in the 1980s.
The studio also put its label on the teen possession film Talk to Me after its premiere at Sundance this year. The movie was a hit with both critics and audience-goers prompting the directors Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou to pitch a sequel which they say has already been made.
The “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” might be a great time for movie lovers not familiar with A24 to see what all the fuss is about. We would suggest any of the films in the line-up especially the nearly three-hour director’s cut of Ari Aster’s Midsommar.