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

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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Matt Molgaard