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A Look at Horror’s Greatest VOD Providers: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Shudder and TubiTV

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The genre options may be a bit limited this time of year, but VOD kings like Netflix and Amazon will be sneaking a few homeruns into the mix, and you can bet strong but much younger outlets like Shudder and TubiTV aren’t going to be left out in the cold. What’s Hulu got lined up for the immediate future? These are topics we want tackled, so let’s get into it!

Getting our notes for Netflix out of the way we’ve got to put highlight on efforts like the re-remake of House of Wax, which isn’t amazing, but does entertain, and the controversial Hannibal, which both arrive on December 1st. The Good Neighbor goes live a few days later on December 5th, and Netflix’s own, Spectral arrives on December 9th. Look out for I Am Not a Serial Killer on December 13th, and finally, prepare to settle down on a high note as December nears an end when the very compelling series adaptation of Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters” hits Netflix on December 23rd.

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Looking at Amazon Prime’s new additions, we’re eyeing a very limited surge of genre fare, but a few solid pieces, like David Rühm’s well-received Therapy for a Vampire and the trippy psychological terror flick, 6 Souls are jumping in the mix.

Hulu is making a valid attempt to please viewers, bringing Black Water, Devil’s Rejects, Escape From L.A., Don’t Answer the Phone, House of 1000 Corpses, Rosemary’s Baby, Shivers, The Silence of the Lambs, Vampires Kiss and The Hearse to the table, and that’s an admittedly awesome lineup, and those are only the films being added on the 1st of the month. At the Devil’s Door and The Bay will also be available come the 16th and 17th, respectively.

There’s also some content on Hulu that’s going to leave binge watchers particularly stoked. The first eight films from the Friday the 13th franchise are available to check out. Can’t lose there.

Here’s where things begin to get really interesting.

Shudder isn’t going to let December pass without making a damn impressive attempt at giving fans the very best selection of VOD flicks this month.

Michael Powell’s intense and uber-creepy (but often overlooked) flick, Peeping Tom is now available, as is Jimmy Sangster’s The Horror of Frankenstein, J.T. Petty’s western horror, The Burrowers, Darren Lynn Bousman’s Repo! the Genetic Opera, Lucky McKee’s May, and Xavier Gens’ Frontier(s). And those are just a select few highlights of the films added on the first.

Come December 7th we’ll see Rob Zombie’s 31 make an exclusive arrival on Shudder. December 15th will see more awesome material made available, as Shudder’s grabbed Shrew’s Nest exclusively, and will make way for Bob Clark’s amazing seasonal piece, Black Christmas and David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers.

The month will end on a high note for Shudder, as Cronenberg’s Rabid lands on December 22nd, and Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To will follow on December 28th.

And finally, we’ll take a peek at a few of the shining pieces being added to free outlet, TubiTV.

Cube has been added this month, as has Cujo, Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Ju-On: The Grudge 2, the first four Paranormal Activity films, The Terminator and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.

Of the last few years, this is arguably the strongest lineup of horror films hitting fan-favorite VOD outlets in December.

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Exclusive: Terror Universal Dare You to Look Through the Mirrors

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Alright horror metalheads, it’s time to raise those devil horns and get ready for some Terror Universal! On hand we’ve got the exclusive video premiere for the track “Through the Mirrors”, which comes from the band’s album Make Them Bleed. Directed by Wacy Jahn, the video mixes band performance with the hallucinations and troubles of a man who clearly has some issues going on.

Jahn tells us about making the video, saying, “As a director, I was given the freedom to give my visual interpretation of what the song meant to me personally. The inner self that tortures the outer self into being something different no matter the cost. Now mix a twist of insanity into the recipe and you get the “Through the Mirrors” official Terror Universal music video.

Band member Massacre adds, “I am very pumped to be releasing the “Through The Mirrors” video, as this track is one of my favorite songs on our new album ‘Make Them Bleed’. This song showcases many of Terror Universal’s diverse sounds, as it’s brutally heavy, and also has a very anthemic and memorable chorus.

Made up of current and past members of Machine Head, Ill Niño, Soulfly, and Upon A Burning Body, Terror Universal is a metal band dedicated to combining their love of all things heavy with their passion for horror. Make Them Bleed also features guest appearances from bassists John Moyer (Disturbed) and Tony Campos (Static-X).

You can buy Make Them Bleed on Bandcamp.

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The Sinking City Update Dives Into the Cthulhu Mythos That Drives the Game

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If you’ve been following our coverage of Frogwares’ The Sinking City, you’ll know that it’s probably my most anticipated game not just of the year but of a long, long time! An open world game that lives in the aesthetic and atmosphere of H.P. Lovecraft? Consider me 100% hooked! This game ticks all the boxes of my love of horror and my love of gaming.

A new update video has been released and this one goes right into the ways that H.P. Lovecraft and his works directly influenced the game, the developers and the story players will experience. On top of that, it also goes into how Lovecraft’s themes inspired the creators at Frogwares to forge their own paths and create their own mythology and terror. It’s a wonderful video because we get to see these people take an established universe and build upon it with reverence, respect, and passion.

Seriously, if The Sinking City isn’t on your radar, you’re going to be missing out when it’s released.

Synopsis:
The Sinking City interprets and develops the themes that Lovecraft explored: the fear of monsters and the unknown, the search for occult truths and madness. In the game, players step into the shoes of a private detective investigating the disappearance of an expedition to the imaginary town of Oakmont, Massachusetts. Oakmont is a city experiencing unprecedented flooding due to supernatural forces, leaving a large portion of the city submerged. Secret societies, dangers, intrigues and monstrous creatures will stand in your way…

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Meet Ash’s Moody Teenage Daughter in New Ash vs Evil Dead S3 Trailer

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“Mom, what’s a chainsaw geek doing here?”

Marketing for the return of Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead has really been gearing up as it was just the other day that we shared a new trailer called, you know, “Gotta Gear Up.”

That trailer was quick but cool, and today we have a new quick-n-cool “Ash vs Evil Dead” trailer, this time highlighting Ash’s daughter.

The inclusion of Ash’s daughter into the splatter this new season has me excited as hell for the premiere in a few weeks. But now I just have Pearl Jam stuck in my head.

Check out the new trailer below and then let us know what you think!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins Sunday, February 25.

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The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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