‘Tis the season of good fear, especially now that Arrow Video has today announced December’s lineup for their subscription-based Arrow platform, available to subscribers in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland.
From the likes of Black Christmas through to Rare Exports, there has long existed a symbiotic relationship between horror and the festive season and Arrow’s December lineup is testament to this, promising a wide selection of terrifically twisted offerings throughout the month, kicking things off on December 5 with writer/director Eric Pennycoff’s (Sadistic Intentions) Christmas cautionary tale The Leech (US/UK/CA/IRE). Serving as both a festive frightmare and a microcosm of the fault lines of contemporary America, The Leech follows devout priest Father David (Graham Skipper – Dementia: Part II, Sequence Break) who welcomes a struggling couple into his house at Christmas time. What begins as a simple act of kindness quickly becomes the ultimate test of faith once the sanctity of his home is jeopardized.
Then, on December 9, ARROW welcomes the festive season in shocking style with Fright Christmas (US/UK/CA/IRE) alongside snowbound chills and thrills.
Titles include: The Deeper You Dig, Kolobos, The Chill Factor.
Also on December 9, North American subscribers can enjoy a pair of haunted tales with Horror Hospital and Ghost House (both US/CA) to start the holidays early.
On December 12, J-Horror Legends land on ARROW (UK/US/CA/IRE). In the ’90s the J-horror phenomenon swept the globe and horror fans were enthralled by a new kind of scary movie. The antithesis of gory 80s slashers, J-horror films were more restrained, but utterly terrifying nonetheless. Focusing more on the psychological and on ghost stories and curses inspired by and based on folklore and superstition, as well as a fear of the effects of new technology and the disintegration of the family unit, a whole host of incredible horror cinema was unleashed and J-horror Legends collects together some of the very best films of the sub-genre.
Titles include: Ringu, Ringu 2, Ringu 0, Ringu: Spiral, Dark Water, Audition, One Missed Call, One Missed Call 2, One Missed Call Final.
On December 16, go back in time with Paul Joyce’s documentary Out of the Blue and Into the Black: a probing look at American independent film production post-Easy Rider, includes interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper, Monte Hellman and Roger Corman.
As stores and offices close for Christmas, curl up with three new offerings from ARROW on December 23: The Monster Club (US/UK/CA/IRE), The House That Dripped Blood (US/CA), and You Talkin’ to Me (US/UK/CA/IRE): Profiling the legendary Taxi Driver and Goodfellas actor Robert De Niro with commentary from Quentin Tarantino.
The nostalgia continues December 23 with a Season of Video Nasties. Used to describe any of the films on the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) List put out in the UK in the ’80s, these films were deemed to be “obscene” and could be seized by a confused British police force.
You can learn all about what went down in our two excellent Video Nasties documentaries, but if you just want to see what all the fuss was about (or tick some titles off your list) then go gorge yourself on an incredible unmatched collection of nasties that would make the Daily Mail pee its pants.
Titles include: The Driller Killer, Tenebrae, Blood Feast.
December 30 closes out the most wonderful time of the year with a look back at blood and mayhem with the debut of The Stepfather II and The Stepfather III (both US/CA) and Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man (US/UK/CA/IRE): Paul Joyce’s definitive and lasting tribute to one of the greatest film directors of all time.
Last but certainly not least, ARROW brings subscribers The Best of 2022 (UK/US/CA/IRE).
It’s been another Incredible-But-True year for new and exclusive releases on ARROW. From the dark side of Hollywood in Jim Cummings’ The Beta Test to ufology conspiracy thriller The Sacred Spirit, from a theological battle for the soul in The Righteous to the latest absurdist quirk fest from Quentin Dupieux, and from the essential feminist monster stalking of Take Back the Night to the grimy and crazy splendid scuzz of Hotel Poseidon.
Dive into this collection to make sure you’ve missed nothing and rewatched your favourites whilst ARROW work on trying to top themselves for subscribers in 2023!
Titles include: Two Witches, The Righteous, The Sacred Spirit.