December has arrived and that means Thanksgiving is in the rearview and the holidays are right around the corner. With the dawning of a new month comes a new lineup of genre offerings from streaming giant Netflix. Because we care and because we want to make life a little easier for our cool readers, we’ve sorted through what’s hitting the platform over the course of November and broken it down to what we think will be of greatest interest to our audience.
More specifically, we have collected all the horror films, thrillers, and true crime programming slated to bow on Netflix this month. Check out the five selections we are most excited about directly below, along with a bit of commentary. Or scroll to the very bottom of this post for the entire December lineup without any of the editorializing.
I am a big fan of Jason Statham I have had a massive crush on the dashing British actor since seeing him aggressively rip off his shirt in The Transporter. Because I am a loyalist, I will sit through any film in which he appears, good or bad. And The Meg is no exception to that rule. In this epic spectacle, the former diver turned Hollywood superstar goes toe-to-toe with a prehistoric shark.
Sometimes we need a campy distraction from the heavy reality of our day-to-day experience and this picture fits the bill perfectly. If you have yet to experience The Meg for yourself or you are due for a repeat visit, you can stream the picture on Netflix beginning December 1. You can be sure I’ll be adding this to my list posthaste.
I will level with you: I am not the biggest fan of the more recent Insidious pictures. I think they have gotten away from what made the original great. But damn if the first isn’t a delightful exercise in terror that smartly pays tribute to Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, whilst carving out its own path.
Director James Wan has demonstrated an uncanny prowess for terrifying audiences since he burst onto the scene with Saw and this tales of a young man haunted by malevolent supernatural forces is yet another example of exactly that. If you’re game to revisit this tense horror thriller, you can scope it on Netflix starting December 1st.
Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare
I am always game to check out a dark documentary and report back to you. And Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare looks like it is poised to be plenty dak. This exposé will look back on an infamous youth camp with a sordid past; chronicling reports of abuse lodged by the teenage campers that endured it firsthand.
Although the film has almost no online presence as of the drafting of this post (not even a still), I am very curious to check it out. The premise sounds a lot like the riveting documentary The Last Stop. That doc chronicles a similar program and those that lived it. And while it is plenty traumatic to sit through, films like these need to be called out and those involved need to be held accountable. I am hopeful that Hell Camp will help open more eyes to the unspeakable horrors that go on behind closed doors at reformatory camps for teens. The doc will bow on Netflix December 27th.
I love Black Swan. It is delightfully dark and steeped in atmosphere. It is a horror film with an A-list cast. That makes it a rare treat, indeed. Darren Aronofsky, the sadistic mind behind Mother! And Requiem for a Dream takes his leading ladies to some shockingly dark places in this horrifying tale of a ballerina’s descent into total darkness.
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Winona Ryder are all at their best here. In fact, Portman even scored an Oscar for her impressive showing as Nina. Each turn in an arresting performance. But you don’t have to take my word for it. If you’ve slept on this delightfully dark horror thriller, you can check it out on Netflix beginning December 1.
While Lucy isn’t necessarily my favorite film of his, I love writer/director Luc Besson. I have been a fan since his early days making French language films and have continued to follow his work as he has made a name for himself in American cinema.
Lucy features harrowing action sequences and a fully committed performance from Scarlett Johansson as the titular character. Her turn as Lucy is plenty nuanced. We see her go from very ordinary to extraordinary as she develops super powers after absorbing an obscene amount of a dangerous drug. The flick offers insightful commentary on the fleeting nature of life and how to ensure we serve a purpose during our time on earth. If you have yet to check this flick out, it gets more right than wrong and certainly delivers a nonstop barrage of action. You can see exactly what I mean when it bows on Netflix December 1.
One Piece (Season 19)
Sweet Home (Season 2)
Leave the World Behind
Love and Monsters
Yu Yu Hakusho (Season 1)
Gyeongseong Creature (Season 1 – Part 1)
Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire
Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare
Money Heist: Berlin