Notable December Horror Releases

Another sparse month for horror as far as theatrical and VOD releases are concerned.  However, if you’re looking for retro releases to stuff your stockings, December is an amazing month.  Below are the noteworthy releases this month:

Theatrical and VOD releases:

December 4



A disabled war veteran, played by The Sacrament’s Gene Jones, is haunted by memories of Vietnam and struggles to reconnect with his family.  But when he suffers a stroke and is diagnosed with dementia, he’s left in the care of a nurse (Kristina Klebe) with a dark side.  The vet becomes a prisoner in his own home, and a dangerous game of cat and mouse proves more brutal than anything he encountered in Vietnam.  This IFC Midnight release promises to be a psychological thriller filled with tension, and the charismatic Gene Jones is always a commanding presence.


Krampus poster

Is there a more highly anticipated holiday film than this?  Michael Dougherty’s follow up to his coveted 2007 Halloween flick, Trick ‘r Treat, gives a horrific spin to the Christmas holiday.  This holiday horror sees a young boy who accidentally summons Krampus amidst dysfunctional family fighting.  While the PG-13 rating may be off-putting for die hard horror hounds, Dougherty’s biting humor and stunning visual style is sure to impress.  After this year, Krampus will be a household name.

December 18



Teenaged Tess is diagnosed with an identity disorder that may actually be channeling an evil spirit inside her.  Taking on more of a psychological angle, this supernatural tale won’t retread your typical possession fare.  Sonny Mallhi, the director, is no stranger to quality horror, having produced The Strangers and At the Devil’s Door previously. Beautifully shot and opting for a more emotional punch than jump scares, this may be a modern ghost story worth checking out.

He Never Died

He Never Died

Henry Rollins stars in this thriller about an immortal cannibal on the run from his past.  That’s right.  Henry Rollins plays a cannibal.  I’m not sure that we really need any more to entice us to see this one, do we? A Darkly suspenseful film featuring moments of humor, action, blood, and a brooding Rollins that likes to eat people.  Yes,please.

Retro DVD/Blu-ray releases:

Thundercrack! (Synapse Films) – December 8

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (Scream Factory) – December 8

Blood Rage (Arrow Video) – December 15

The Car (Scream Factory) – December 15

Count Dracula (Severin Films) – December 15

Zombie High (Scream Factory) – December 15

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (Scream Factory) – December 22

Nightmares (Scream Factory) – December 22


About the Author

Meagan Navarro is a blogger from Houston, TX. She fell in love with monsters at age four after being exposed to them via Ghostbusters, and her passion grew into an obsession for all things horror and Halloween (which is the entire month of October, as far as she’s concerned). Meagan also loves traveling and chocolate.  Follow me on twitter: @HauntedMeg

2 thoughts on “Notable December Horror Releases

  1. I’m especially looking forward to “Dementia.” Gene Jones was AMAZING in “The Sacrament.” I love psychological horror films, but I find the film’s relentlessly grey, monochromatic palette (from the theatrical trailer) a little off-putting. I am also curious about “Krampus”, mostly because it has Alison Tolman (AKA Molly Solverson from Season 1 of “Fargo”) in it. I hope she plays a bigger role than she did in “The Gift.” Never heard of the Henry Rollins one. Happy blogging!

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