Shudder has a pretty chilling December in store for its subscribers. We already wrote about the exclusives and originals, including the newest Christmas Special for The Last Drive-In, now let’s dig into the films being added to the Shudder library this month.
Night of the Comet – Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart are teenage sisters who discover that a comet has rendered nearly all humans into dust. Worse yet, people who were only partially exposed have turned into terrifying zombies. Knowing that there must be more unexposed humans like themselves, the girls set out to find them. True to its 80s roots, this fun film includes a sequence set in a shopping mall.
The Police Are Blundering in the Dark – In this 1975 giallo film, a murderer has been killing young women. Journalist Giorgio begins to investigate after his friend Enrichetta disappears, and ends up meeting a strange photographer.
The Killer is One of Thirteen – When a widow invites 12 friends to stay at her remote mansion, it turns out to be her plan to find out who killed her husband. She insists that one of them must be the killer, and her guests are soon murdered one by one. This is another giallo among several on Shudder this month.
Girl in Room 2A – Margaret has just been released from jail, and moves into a boarding house owned by Mrs. Grant. Unfortunately, there is a killer cult on the loose, and they just love to kidnap young women (yes, it’s another giallo). Will Margaret be the next victim?
The French Sex Murders – Petty criminal Antoine has been charged with murdering a prostitute, and is sentenced to death. After he escapes prison, he is decapitated in a motorcycle accident, and his head is examined by a scientist. When people involved in the case are murdered, everyone thinks Antoine is seeking vengeance from the grave.
My Dear Killer – In this highly regarded giallo, Inspector Peretti is investigating a murder case involving an insurance company investigator who was decapitated in a freak accident. When it turns out it wasn’t an accident, Peretti winds up getting involved in the unsolved kidnapping case of a young girl.
Autopsy – Another giallo, Autopsy is especially lurid, and stars Misy Farmer as a morgue employee digging into a series of suicides that she is skeptical of. A priest with a bad temper assists her in her efforts, but can she trust him?
Murder Mansion –When a couple on the road at night become lost in some pretty serious fog, they find a mansion close to a creepy cemetery. For reasons unknown, they decide it’s a safe place to stay for the night. I think they are wrong.
Crazy Desires of a Murderer – Ileana has just returned to Italy after a trip to Asia, and throws a weekend party for her friends. Throughout the evening, secrets and mistrust are revealed, and one of the girls is found dead, with her eyes gouged out. It falls on an Inspector to find out who the guilty party is.
Arabella Black Angel – Poor Arabella…she loves sex, but her writer husband is confined to a wheelchair. So she fools around with other men on the regular, and hubby winds up discovering her indiscretions. When he sees her kill one of her lovers, he finds himself intrigued, and encourages her to continue meeting other men. This being another giallo, murder ensues.
The Killer is Still Among Us – Christiana is a criminology student researching a serial killer for her thesis. She soon becomes convinces that her boyfriend may be the killer.
The Sister of Ursula – Dagmar and Ursula are sisters in Italy, trying to find their mother, from whom they are estranged. Ursula believes she has psychic powers, and foresees something bad happening at the seaside hotel they end up at. Making matters worse, a killer is murdering promiscuous women!
We are also being gifted by Shudder with two collections during this holiday season. The Nightmare on Elm Street collection will include the first seven films in the franchise: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy’s Revenge, Dream Warriors, The Dream Master, The Dream Child, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.
If you are in the mood for holiday horror, check out the Shudder Unhappy Holidays Collection. Included are Christmas Bloody Christmas, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out, Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: The Initiation, Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toymaker, To All A Good Night, Black Christmas (the original 1974 version), Christmas Evil, Better Watch Out, A Christmas Horror Story, All The Creatures Were Stirring, Christmas Presence, Deadly Games, Blood Beat, The Advent Calendar, A Creepshow Holiday Special, and The Christmas Ghoul Log.
What do you think of the December schedule for Shudder? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.