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All the Horror You Need to Stream in December 2020

Shudder is adding a bunch of new giallo films this month so I guess you can say we’re in for a holly gialli Christmas!
Horror Streaming In December
By  · Published on December 1st, 2020

Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the genre content coming to and leaving from your favorite streaming services. Here’s a guide to all the essential horror streaming this December:

Well, boils and ghouls, we made it. It’s the end of 2020. And as the days grow shorter and the snow piles higher, it’s going to be more important than ever to keep those spirits up. Luckily for many of us, a good horror flick is as comforting as mulled wine. Served in a skull, preferably.

We’re now entering an incredibly fun stretch of spooks, scares, and spectral encounters. After Halloween, Christmas is far and away the most populous holiday when it comes to seasonally-themed horror fare. Sure, you can watch Child’s Play, Black Christmas, and The Exorcist III whenever you want. But in the December stretch, these ho-ho-horror films slap harder. That’s just a fact.

So, come all ye fearful and hark, for I come bearing gnarly, grotesque gifts. Namely: a series of recommendations on what to prioritize as you plan your December streaming. Make your watchlists and check them twice for a glorious group of candy-red giallos, speedy Alaskan bloodsuckers, a desolate dystopia, and one of the most bananapants films about Santa Claus you’re ever likely to see.

Be sure to peruse the complete list below, calendar in hand, for a full picture of what horror flicks are coming and going from your favorite streaming services this December.

Pick of the Month: Deep Red (1975) and the rest of Shudder’s Holly Gialli Christmas Collection

Deep Red horror streaming in December 2020

Synopsis: During a drunken stroll home, a jazz pianist witnesses the brutal murder of a famous psychic. Finding himself drawn into the mystery of the psychic’s death, he teams up with an intrepid reporter to crack the case while the unseen killer tries to keep them away from the truth.

When you look up “giallo” in the dictionary, the illustrative example is sure to be Deep Red. It’s Dario Argento‘s giallo masterpiece. Through all the twists, turns, and revelations, the film keeps the thrills coming fast with striking visuals, inventive kills, and a stellar Goblin score.

This is a must-watch for giallo initiates and grandmasters of gore alike. Before you dive into the unthinkable butchery of Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper or the frantic beauty of Luigi Bazzoni’s The Fifth Chord…you need to pay your respects. Deep Red is the giallo gateway drug that opens doors to even more giallo. And, thanks to its opening flashback (pictured above), we can confidently claim it as a Christmas movie.

The rest of Shudder’s Holly Gialli collection consists of A Blade in the Dark (1983), Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971), The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972), The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973), Death Laid an Egg (1968), The Editor (2014), The Fifth Cord (1971), New York Ripper (1982), The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971), The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972), Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971), StageFright (1987), Torso (1973), Trauma (1978), Your Vice is a Locked Room (1972), and What Have You Done to Solange? (1972).

Those new additions join these already-streaming titles (including Deep Red): All the Colors of the Dark (1972), The Cat O’Nine Tales (1971), Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972), Knife + Heart (2018), Phenomena (1985), The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971), and Tenebrae (1982). 

Available on Shudder December 2nd.

An icy (and underrated!) vampiric tale from the north

Days Of Night

Synopsis: Every year, the isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into a month of polar darkness. This year, as the sunlight slips away, a gang of vampires emerges from the shadows to dine out on the townsfolk. Barrow’s only hope for survival is an estranged but wildly determined husband/wife team.

David Slade‘s 30 Days of Night simply does not get enough love. Were the people not ready for a film this ferocious to be so patient and restrained? Did they confuse bleakness for a mean spirit? To think something with this much style could have no substance? This is an eerie, unconventional, feral, and intentionally ugly vampire flick. You know, the kind worth losing your head over! Cold, unforgiving, and positively frigid, 30 Days of Night is one nasty piece of seasonally appropriate survival horror.

Available on Hulu December 1st. Leaving Hulu December 31st.

An achingly relevant eco-dystopian gem that’s much more than its famous twist

Soylent Green

Synopsis: It’s the future and the earth is overpopulated. Everything must be rationed, including the revolutionary pastel food bricks known as “soylent.” (I hear the green kind is the most delicious!) But when an intrepid, sweaty New York police detective stumbles across some shady dealings surrounding the much-needed meal replacement, he feels compelled to go with his gut and investigate.

Sci-fi of the 1970s has a particularly horrific gait to it. Not because it is especially gore-filled, but rather, because it is so arrestingly desolate. It reeks of nihilism and a hopeless resolve that the human race is destined to self-destruct. Which is why, in this horrible year, I firmly believe ’70s sci-fi is the scariest thing you can watch.

In October of last year, the Criterion Channel hosted a marvelous collection of essential ’70s sci-fi. And this December, HBO Max appears to be sneakily resurrecting something similar, with titles like Logan’s Run, No Blade of Grass, Omega Man, THX 1138, and Westworld hitting the service on December 1st. Of the bunch, Soylent Green was the easiest to smuggle into a horror-centric streaming guide. Its final, infamous twist is oppressive and visceral in a way that more than qualifies its cross-genre status.

However, if you’ve long-dismissed this flick because you already know the ending, rest assured; it’s so much more than that. Its real power lies in its uncanny resonances. Least of all the callous reality that the rich and the powerful are more than willing to justify the sacrifice of “disposable” groups in the interest of a perceived greater good. It’s painful and it’s prescient, like all good ’70s sci-fi.

Available on HBO Max December 1st.

Santa’s ding dong merrily on high

Rare Exports

Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve in the Lapland province of Finland and things are about to get weird. Joulupukki, a Finnish folk figure that inspired modern-day Santa, has been unearthed at an ancient burial mound, and local children are starting to disappear. Young Pietari and his reindeer-hunting father capture Father Christmas and attempt to sell him back to the nefarious corporation who dug him up. But Santa’s butt-naked elves have another plan: to free their master.

Our resident Santa-themed horror scholar, Rob Hunter, put it best: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is like a dark, dong-filled Amblin film. Which is to say this gem’s got warmth and spooks in equal measure. Have you really lived until you’ve seen a herd of naked elves running across the tundra? My vote is hell no. Rare Exports is a devilishly strange, silly, and joyfully fresh take on holiday horror. It deserves a spot on any Yuletide syllabus.

Available on ARROW December 1st.

Streamable Horror Incoming This Month

Streaming ServiceMovieDate
Amazon PrimeAnaconda (1997)December 1
Amazon PrimeFull Moon High (1981)December 1
Amazon PrimePriest (2011)December 1
ARROWThe Bloodhound (2020)December 1
ARROWRare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)December 1
ARROWBloody Birthday (1981)December 1
ARROWChildren of the Corn (1984)December 1
ARROWDoom Asylum (1987)December 1
ARROWThe Chill Factor (1993)December 7
ARROWThe Deeper You Dig (2019)December 7
ARROWThe Wind (1986)December 7
ARROWTrapped Alive (1988)December 7
ARROWShogun's Joys of Torture (1968)December 7
ARROWThe Violent Years (1956)December 11
ARROWScary Movie (1991)December 11
ARROWMicrowave Massacre (1979)December 21
ARROWLake Michigan Monster (2018)December 21
ARROWThe Happiness of the Katakurisis (2001)December 21
ARROWThe Stuff (1985)December 21
ARROWZombie for Sale (2019)December 21
ARROWReturn of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)December 21
HBO MaxAnnabelle: Creation (2017) December 1
HBO MaxThe Bay (2012)December 1
HBO MaxThe Crow (1994)December 1
HBO MaxThe Crow: City Of Angels (1996)December 1
HBO MaxThe Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)December 1
HBO MaxFinal Destination (2000)December 1
HBO MaxFinal Destination 2 (2003)December 1
HBO MaxFinal Destination 3 (2006)December 1
HBO MaxThe Final Destination (2009)December 1
HBO MaxThe Girl With All The Gifts (2016)December 1
HBO MaxMisery (1990)December 1
HBO MaxShaun Of The Dead (2004)December 1
HBO MaxSoylent Green (1973)December 1
HBO MaxSpawn (1997)December 1
Hulu30 Days of Night (2007)December 1
HuluThe Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor (2008)December 1
NetflixU-Turn (2020)December 1
NetflixIncarnate (2016)December 16
ShudderBram Stoker's Dracula (1992)December 1
ShudderThe Lost Boys (1987)December 1
ShudderA Blade in the Dark (1983)December 2
ShudderBlack Belly of the Tarantula (1971)December 2
ShudderThe Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)December 2
ShudderThe Corruption of Chris Miller (1973)December 2
ShudderDeath Laid an Egg (1968)December 2
ShudderThe Editor (2014)December 2
ShudderThe Fifth Cord (1971)December 2
ShudderNew York Ripper (1982)December 2
ShudderThe Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)December 2
ShudderThe Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)December 2
ShudderShort Night of Glass Dolls (1971)December 2
ShudderStageFright (1987)December 2
ShudderTorso (1973)December 2
ShudderTrauma (1978)December 2
ShudderYour Vice is a Locked Room (1972)December 2
ShudderWhat Have You Done to Solange? (1972)December 2
ShudderAnything for Jackson (2020)December 3
ShudderCastle Freak (2020)December 3
ShudderLet the Corpses Tan (2017)December 7
ShudderVFW (2019)December 7
ShudderZombi Child (2019)December 7
ShudderEli Roth's History of Horror (2020)December 10
ShudderJoe Bob Saves Christmas (2020)December 11, 9pm ET
ShudderA Good Woman is Hard to Find (2019)December 14
ShudderLet Us Prey (2014)December 14
ShudderThe Pale Door (2020)December 17
ShudderA Creepshow Holiday Special (2020)December 18
ShudderLuz: The Flower of Evil (2019)December 21
ShudderThe Soul Collector (2020)December 21
The Criterion ChannelThe Extraordinary Life of Rocky (2010)December 1
The Criterion ChannelThe Reflecting Skin (1990)December 11
The Criterion ChannelThe Silent Partner (1978)December 15
The Criterion ChannelBell, Book and Candle (1958)December 18
The Criterion ChannelI Married a Witch (1942)December 18
The Criterion Channel20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)December 19
Tubi28 Weeks Later (2007) December 1
TubiA Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)December 1
TubiAnaconda (1997) December 1
TubiBent (2018)December 1
TubiBeyond the Woods (2016)December 1
TubiDown a Dark Hall (2018)December 1
TubiEat Brains Love (2019)December 1
TubiHostage (2005)December 1
TubiReasonable Doubt (2014)December 1
TubiRed Riding Hood (2011)December 1

Horror Titles Expiring from Streaming Soon

On Their Way Out: These films have one foot in the grave—bump ‘em to the top of your December 2020 queue while you can!
Streaming ServiceMovieDate
HBO MaxLights Out (2016)December 10
HBO MaxConstantine (2005)
December 31
HBO MaxFriday the 13th (2009)December 31
HuluThe Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again (2016)December 8
Hulu30 Days of Night (2007)December 31
HuluDominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)December 31
HuluHouse Of 1000 Corpses (2003)December 31
HuluInterview With the Vampire (1994)December 31
HuluMy Bloody Valentine (1981)December 31
HuluSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)December 31
HuluThe Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor (2008)December 31
NetflixAnaconda (1997)December 31
NetflixHostage (2005)December 31
NetflixPriest (2011)December 31
NetflixZodiac (2007)December 31

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Meg has been writing professionally about all things film-related since 2016. She is a Senior Contributor at Film School Rejects as well as a Curator for One Perfect Shot. She has attended international film festivals such as TIFF, Hot Docs, and the Nitrate Picture Show as a member of the press. In her day job as an archivist and records manager, she regularly works with physical media and is committed to ensuring ongoing physical media accessibility in the digital age. You can find more of Meg's work at Cinema Scope, Dead Central, and Nonfics. She has also appeared on a number of film-related podcasts, including All the President's Minutes, Zodiac: Chronicle, Cannes I Kick It?, and Junk Filter. Her work has been shared on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, Business Insider, and CherryPicks. Meg has a B.A. from the University of King's College and a Master of Information degree from the University of Toronto.