New Releases on Shudder This December

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20 December

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans brings together some of the most popular drag icons from the show’s previous seasons, competing in a grand championship of drag artistry and shocking physical challenges for one hundred-thousand-dollar grand prize, the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour, and the first-ever “Dragula Titans” crown and title. Guest Judges include Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Harvey Guillen, Justin Simien, David Dastmalchian, Poppy, Alaska, Katya, Joe Bob Briggs, Bonnie Aarons, Barbara Crampton, and more.

1 December

A Wounded Fawn

Inspired by surrealist art and Greek mythology, A Wounded Fawn follows the story of Meredith Tanning (Sarah Lind, The Humanity Bureau), a local museum curator who is dipping her toe back into the dating pool, only to be targeted by a charming serial killer (Josh Ruben, Scare Me). When a fateful romantic getaway between the two becomes a tense game of cat and mouse, both must confront the madness within him. Written and directed by Travis Stevens (Jakob’s Wife).

9 December

Christmas Bloody Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms (Riley Dandy, That’s Amor) wants to get drunk and party until the robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire and makes her night more than a little complicated. Santa Claus begins a rampant killing spree through the neon-drenched snowscape against a backdrop of drugs, sex, metal and violence, ultimately forcing Tori into a blood-splattered battle for survival against the ruthless heavy metal Saint Nick himself. Also starring Sam Delich (Spiderhead), Jonah Ray Rodrigues (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), Dora Madison (Alone with You), Jeremy Gardner (After Midnight), with Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Munsters) and Abraham Benrubi (“ER”), written and directed by Joe Begos (V.F.W.)

16 December

The Apology

Twenty years after the disappearance of her daughter, recovering alcoholic Darlene Hagan (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) is preparing to host her family’s Christmas celebration again with the help of

her friend and neighbour, Gretchen (Janeane Garofalo, Wet Hot American Summer). Late Christmas Eve, Darlene’s estranged ex-brother-in-law, Jack (Linus Roache, Mandy), arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a heavy secret. Soon, Darlene finds herself caught between reason and ruthless instinct. Trapped together by a dangerous storm, a battle of wits escalates to a violent game of revenge. Written and directed by Alison Locke.

22 December

Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge

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When horror guru Rad Chad Buckley’s funeral turns into an elaborate series of death traps centred around Chad’s favourite films, the guests must band together and use the rules of horror to survive the bloody game. Core Story: Rad Chad’s Revenge, directed by Aaron B. Koontz. Segments: Welcome to the 90s, directed by Alexandra Barreto; the Night He Came Back Again Part VI – The Night She Came Back, directed by Anthony Cousins, Special Edition, produced by Jed Shepherd; and We’re So Dead, directed by Rachele Wiggins.

22 December

Flux Gourmet

Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective find themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas, and gastrointestinal disorders. Starring Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), and Richard Bremmer (Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker). Written and directed by Peter Strickland (In Fabric).

The Walking Dead

For over a decade, The Walking Dead has garnered legions of dedicated fans across the world with its beloved characters and gripping tales of survival in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse. Now, you can journey back to the beginning to rediscover the stories, revisit your favourite characters and relive the almost unbearable tension. Shudder continues its weekly premieres of earlier seasons of The Walking Dead throughout December.

1 December

Season 5

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Season 4 of The Walking Dead ended with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car, awaiting a grim fate. When the true motives of the people of Terminus become apparent, they must fight for their lives. Then, with the prospect of a cure in Washington, DC, but new obstacles in their path, the group must hold onto their hopes. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them: After all, they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost… who do they become?

8 December

Season 6

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With the group now consummate survivors, they have evolved into incredibly powerful people. But who have they become? Season 6 gets underway, with Alexandria’s safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the citizens will need to catch up with our survivors’ hardness, while many of our survivors will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they’ve needed to embrace. These reversals won’t happen easily or without conflict. But now the group is fighting for something more than survival… They’re fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost against any threat, even if that threat comes from within.

15 December

Season 7

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Up to this point, our characters have lived through multiple conflicts: Disease, hunger, the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable. At the outset of Season 7, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. But they were wrong. The first half of the season sees our group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live by his rules with the threat of deadly reprisals for disobedience. The overall theme of the season is new beginnings. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger, and it’s even more dangerous.

22 December

Season 8

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Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. Negan and the Saviors broke the group. Feeling powerless under Negan’s rule, the group played along. But seeing his lack of reason, Rick began rallying together the other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough firepower to contest the Negan and his group. This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his ruthless forces. They must fight to take back their freedom, reclaim their lives and rebuild. Rick is leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) is leading the Kingdom – Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end. But what and who will be lost along the way?

29 December

Season 9

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Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values of his late son but created conflict within his group. Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilisation under Rick’s leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they know is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade and nature takes over. However, nothing has prepared them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilisation that our survivors have worked so hard to build.