The Christmas season is upon us and everyone is thinking of ways to cope with the horrifying stress of gift shopping, holiday travel and those inevitable family feuds over the Thanksgiving table. Don’t worry, Shudder’s got you covered. Scare off the Christmas spirit with a hand-picked lineup of holiday slashers, drive-in specials, and Shudder exclusive films including All The Creatures Were Stirring starring Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians).
First, The Last Drive-In host Joe Bob Briggs is back, just in time to provide an escape from holiday season overload with two new marathons featuring films hand-picked by Joe Bob himself, filled with his signature brand of drive-in wisdom and commentary.
Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 22 — “The Dinners of Death”
Feast on a selection of “deadly dinner” films picked by the world’s foremost (and possibly only) drive-in movie critic, kicking off with Joe Bob’s all-time favorite drive-in classic, which he’ll be presenting for the first time in more than thirty years of TV horror hosting. (The mystery title will be revealed during the event.)
Christmas — Friday, December 21 — “A Very Joe Bob Christmas”
Forget Rudolph, Santa and Frosty and instead spend the holidays at the Drive-In with a selection of nightmare-inducing movies utterly lacking in Christmas cheer.
Then, indulge in the darker side of the season with Unhappy Holidays, Shudder’s curated collection of both old and new scary Christmas classics, which launches on December 3. The collection will include the below films plus a not yet announced Shudder Exclusive, which arrives December 13.
December 13: All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018) – A Shudder Exclusive. 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. Starring Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) and Jonathan Kite (2 Broke Girls).
Better Watch Out (2016) — A Shudder Exclusive. The holiday chiller that the LA Times called “a consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller”. On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover and starring Olivia DeJonge (The Visit) and Levi Miller (Pan).
Black Christmas (1974) — In this dark holiday classic, a group of sorority sisters are stalked by a stranger on Christmas Eve. Starring Margot Kidder (Superman) and Olivia Hussey (Romeo and Juliet, It TV mini-series). Predating John Carpenter’s landmark Halloween, Black Christmas is an early example of the slasher film, containing many of the tropes that would become synonymous with the genre a decade later.
December 3: Christmas Evil (1980) — A man obsessed with Santa Claus snaps and goes on a yuletide killing spree in this utterly deranged Christmas horror fable that John Waters called “the greatest Christmas movie of all time.”
December 3: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) — After years of abuse at the hands of tyrannical nuns, a tormented teenager dons the iconic red suit and beard and goes on a murderous rampage.
To round out the holiday season, Shudder will be streaming Black Christmas all day on December 25 on its free Shudder TV (www.shudder.tv), available in the U.S. to members and non-members alike.
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