It’s the first full week of December, and we’re kicking off the final month of the year with a handful of brand new horror movies – including three Christmas-themed holiday horrors.
It’s that time of the year, after all…
Here’s all the new horror releasing December 6 – December 11, 2022!
First up, Cinedigm and Bloody Disgusting present Argentinian horror movie History of the Occult on SCREAMBOX today, which was notably the highest-rated horror movie of 2021 on Letterboxd‘s Year in Review roundup, as rated by Letterboxd users.
From writer/director Cristian Ponce (creator of the animated series “The Kirlian Frequency”), History of the Occult pulls viewers deep into a world of conspiracy and witchcraft.
Filmed in black and white and set in the 1980s, History of the Occult takes place during the last broadcast of the #1 news show on TV, ’60 Minutes Before Midnight.’
“A band of journalists races against time to convince the lead guest, Adrian Marcato (German Baudino), to expose a conspiracy that connects their corrupt government to an actual coven.”
Uncork’d Entertainment unleashes a killer gorilla in their new creature feature The Rise of the Beast from director Jack Ayer, which was just released on DVD and VOD outlets today.
The film is said to be “equal parts creature horror and action flick.”
“A group of activists break into a corporate facility where unsolicited animal testing has been taking place. They discover unimaginable horrors, but don’t realize until they’re captured the true extent of what it is they’ve been experimenting with. They must escape friend, foe, and beast if they mean to get out alive and expose this to the world.”
Arthur Boan, Sarah T. Cohen, Sian Altman, George Nettleton, Heather Jackson, Rob Kirtley, and Pete Jeffries star in The Rise of the Beast. You can watch the trailer below.
The final new horror release for December 6th is Arrow Video’s The Leech, which was first released on Arrow’s streaming platform yesterday. It’s now available on all VOD outlets today.
In the holiday horror film, “Father David, a catholic priest struggling to grow his congregation, encounters a stranger by the name of Terry asleep one morning after mass…”
Graham Skipper and Jeremy Gardner star.
“The film is about how far one man is willing to go in order to save the lives of strangers, even if it means losing himself in the process,” director Eric Pennycoff said. “Can a man of God truly turn the other cheek? Or do even the holiest of leaders have their breaking point?”
Tubi acquired the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Bed Rest, we learned earlier this month, and the supernatural horror film is set to debut December 7 only on Tubi.
Starring Melissa Barrera (In the Heights, Scream), the upcoming horror film is written by Lori Evans Taylor (Final Destination 6), who also makes her directing debut.
Watch the official Bed Rest trailer below, which looks considerably better than the average “Tubi Original” offering. As you may recall, this one was originally going to theaters.
“After years of struggling to start a family, Julie is pregnant again and moving into a new home with her husband as they embrace a fresh start. Upon being ordered to mandatory bed rest, Julie begins to slowly unravel as she suffers through the monotony and anxiety of her new constraints. Soon, terrifying ghostly experiences in the home begin to close in on Julie, stirring up her past demons and causing others to question her mental stability. Trapped and forced to face her past, and the supernatural, Julie fights to protect herself and her unborn baby.”
A supernatural slasher, writer/director Zac Locke’s #Float swims into release this week as well, coming to VOD outlets on Friday, December 9 from XYZ Films.
“Young, beautiful and full of life, vlogger Kali and her friends are heading to the river for their annual float, but it’s the first time since their friend overdosed and drowned last year.
“Their partying turns deadly as a sinister paranormal force plunges them into a life and death struggle forcing them to face their own fears as they turn on each other.”
Scarlett Sperduto (Those Who Walk Away), Kaya Coleman (Dangerous Game: The Legacy Murders), Grant Morningstar (Meathook), and Christina Nguyen (Lion) star in the film.
The new horror movie from Joe Begos (Bliss, VFW), holiday slasher Christmas Bloody Christmas is coming to more theaters this week and it’s also debuting on Shudder this Friday.
This one was originally released in select theaters last weekend.
In the film, “It’s Christmas Eve and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms (Riley Dandy) just 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.”
Sam Delich, Jonah Ray Rodrigues, Dora Madison and Jeremy Gardner also star in Christmas Bloody Christmas along with Jeff Daniel Phillips and Abraham Benrubi.
Atlas Film Distribution is getting set to unleash The Mean One, a highly unofficial Christmas horror movie that turns the Grinch into a slasher movie maniac. The company will release Steven LaMorte‘s outrageous slasher parody in U.S. cinemas on Friday, December 9.
In the audacious new parody, The Mean One (Terrifier 2‘s David Howard Thornton) is a hairy, green-skinned grump in a Santa suit, living on a mountain high above the town of Newville, despising the holiday season. Young Cindy You-Know-Who (Krystle Martin), whose parents were butchered by The Mean One twenty Christmases earlier, is returning to town to seek closure… but when the Mean One launches a new reign of terror that threatens to destroy Christmas, Cindy finds a bold new purpose – trapping and killing the monster.
Directed by LaMorte with a script by Flip and Finn Kobler, The Mean One also stars Chase Mullins, John Bigham, Erik Baker, Flip Kobler, and Amy Schumacher.
While it’s not exactly a horror movie, don’t forget that Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio comes to Netflix this Friday as well, a stop motion animated film based on the classic tale.
As you’d probably expect, del Toro’s Pinocchio will be quite unlike past tellings of the tale – including Carlo Collodi’s original children’s novel and Disney’s animated classic.
Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix: “Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. This whimsical, stop-motion film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world.”
Directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, the film features an all-star voice cast with Ewan McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, and introducing Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Other cast includes Finn Wolfhard, Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, with Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton.