December is generally not a busy time for theatrical horror, and that remains the case this year. There’s only one limited release this month, although zombie horror/comedy musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which opened in a very limited 7 cities on Nov. 30, could see an expansion in upcoming weekends. With that, here’s a list of notable releases for December – no surprise, there’s a few Christmas-related flicks in there.
All the Creatures Were Stirring – Dec. 4
Unrated – 1hr 20min
Directed by David Ian McKendry & Rebekah McKendry
Starring Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Ashley Clements
When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.
Coming to VOD and disc.
Premiering on Shudder Dec. 13
The Cabin – Dec. 4
Unrated – 1hr 26min
Directed by Johan Bodell
Starring Christopher Lee Page, Caitlin Crommett, Erik Kammerland
Young American couple, Rose and Harry are on their way to visit Harrys family cabin. Both as a nostalgic vacation and as a way to rekindle their relationship. But they’re not the only one that decided to visit the cabin this weekend… The vacation is quickly turned into a living nightmare for Rose and Harry as they meet a vicious sociopath, who invites them into a involuntary cat and mouse game.
Coming to VOD.
Christmas Blood (Juleblod) – Dec. 4
Unrated – 1hr 44min
Directed by Reinert Kiil
Starring Thomas Felberg, Sølje Bergman, Helene Eidsvåg
Christmas is a time of peace, love and family. But not for Norway as a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing them for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest this bearded serial killer.
Coming to disc and then to VOD on Dec. 11.
You Might Be the Killer – Dec. 6
Directed by Brett Simmons
Starring Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall
A camp counselor suffering from blackouts finds himself surrounded by murder victims. He turns to his horror movie enthusiast friend for advice, and to contend with the idea he may be the killer.
Coming exclusively to Shudder.
Leprechaun Returns – Dec. 11
Rated R – 1hr 26min
Directed by Steven Kostanski
Starring Taylor Spreitler, Pepi Sonuga, Sai Bennett, Linden Porco
The Leprechaun returns once again, when a group of girls unwillingly awaken him, when they tear down a cabin so that they can build a new sorority house. A direct sequel to the 1993 original.
Coming to VOD
Christmas Presence – Dec. 13
Alternate title: Why Hide?
Unrated – 1hr 25min
Directed by James Edward Cook
Starring Charlotte Atkinson, Lorna Brown, Danny Webb
A diverse group of friends gather for the festive season in a remote lodge but soon plans go awry. One of the friends goes missing and the truth behind why the lodge was booked for the holiday is disclosed. Christmas quickly turns to chaos and a bloody nightmare ensues.
Coming exclusively to Shudder.
The House That Jack Built – Dec. 14
*Pick of the Month*
Rated R – 2hr 32min
Directed by Lars van Trier
Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough
USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.
Coming to select theaters and VOD.
Bird Box – Dec. 21
Unrated – 1hr 57min
Directed by Susanne Bier
Starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes
In the wake of an unknown global terror, a mother must find the strength to flee with her children down a treacherous river in search of safety. Due to unseen deadly forces, the perilous journey must be made blindly.
Coming exclusively to Netflix.