New Home Viewing Releases for December 2014!

As the gift-giving frenzy of the upcoming Christmas season heats up, it seems that us horror fans are being mostly left behind this month. With just a few noteworthy DVD releases, and a handful of intriguing additions to Netflix Streaming, the month of December seems to be a barren wasteland for horror fans. So, for a little something special, I decided to add a short list of some favorites for the holiday season at the end! Please enjoy, and remember if you decide to purchase any of these recommendations through Amazon, please do so through the added links to help support your favorite horror site with no extra cost to you!


December 2ndAs Above, So Below
(DVD)

AsAboveSoBelowMiles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.  


December 3rdOculus
(Netflix Streaming)

11180964_800Haunted by the violent demise of their parents 10 years earlier, adult siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites) are now struggling to rebuild their relationship. Kaylie suspects that their antique mirror, known as the Lasser Glass, is behind the tragedy. The seemingly harmless reflections contain a malevolent, supernatural force that infects the mind of anyone who gazes into it. As Kaylie gets closer to the truth, the siblings become caught in the mirror’s evil spell.


December 9thDead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead
(DVD)

DeadSnow2_TEASERPicking up immediately where the original left off, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Director Tommy Wirkola returns to the helm with a vengeance, coming up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than you ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic is sure to shock the weak-of-heart and delight even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre. Colonel Herzog is back, and he is not to be fucked with.


December 6thSharknado 2: The Second One
(Netflix Streaming)

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A freak weather system brings in ravenous sharks to munch on hapless New Yorkers and iconic landmarks.


December 6thAmerican Horror Story – Coven
(Netflix Streaming)

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Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town determined to protect the Coven and hell bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.


December 13thDon’t Blink
(Netflix Streaming)

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Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge.


December 16thStonehearst Asylum
(DVD)

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Revolves around a Harvard Medical School graduate who takes a job at an insane asylum, unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants.


December 20thParanormal Activity: The Marked Ones
(Netflix Streaming)

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Teenagers Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz) look forward to a carefree summer, but the murder of a neighbor leads to a terrifying encounter with the supernatural. After breaking into the neighbor’s apartment, Jesse and Hector find a collection of ritualistic art and other bizarre items. Jesse takes a journal of occult writings and soon after finds a strange mark on his arm. His subsequent erratic behavior leads Jesse’s friends and family to the realization that he is possessed.


December 30thTusk
(DVD)

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Is man truly a walrus at heart?
See my review here.


As promised I have added some of my personal picks from this time of the year to celebrate the holidays with.
What are your favorite horrific holiday films?


Black Christmas

Released December 20th 1974, this is the original slasher film that laid the blueprints for a big portion of the genre we all know and love, influencing John Carpenter among many others. This is a yearly watch for me, just as we cozy up for Christmas.

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40th Anniversary poster by Ghoulish Gary Pullin.

Silent Night Deadly Night

Released November 9th 1984, this one shook up quite a bit of controversy back then with it’s terrifying commercial campaign hitting screens all over the U.S. It got a nice limited theatrical release last year, which I managed to catch! Learn more about this film here.

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Based on a couple of creative short films that explored the sinister side of Santa Claus, this fine film from Finland has it all. Find my full write up about this modern classic here, and be sure and add this one to this list of heartwarming holiday films to watch each December.

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The Shining

Of course we have all seen The Shining a million times, but there is something new to be found and enjoyed upon every viewing, even if Stephen King hates it. One of the classic horror films of all time. Check out this rare trailer below. Can you imagine seeing this in a theater in 1979?

Gremlins

What list of classic holiday horrors would be complete without the masterpiece that is Gremlins? One of the first movies I remember truly scaring me as a child, this one will never get old to me. So much mischievous fun!
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