AMC Networks (AMC+, Acorn TV and Shudder) are delivering a mix of Christmas and bloody goodies this December.
Highlights for this month include Christmas with the Campbells on AMC+, The Madame Blanc Mysteries Christmas Special on Acorn TV and Christmas Bloody Christmas on Shudder.
We have reviews for two of this month’s movies already up for you to check out. I reviewed Christmas Bloody Christmas, writing that “Christmas Bloody Christmas ticks all the boxes.” Ashley reviewed Christmas with the Campbells, saying that “this film feels like a test to see how much raunchy wordplay the writers could fit into a script about Christmas.” We also have a discussion of Christmas with the Campbells on our new limited podcast series, ‘A Very Explosion Network Christmas,’ which you should be listening to weekly.
Check out the list of movies, series and specials coming to AMC+, AcornTV and Shudder in December below.
A Wounded Fawn [A Shudder Original]
Inspired by surrealist art and Greek mythology, A Wounded Fawn follows the story of Meredith Tanning (Sarah Lind, The Humanity Bureau), a local museum curator who is dipping her toe back into the dating pool, only to be targeted by a charming serial killer (Josh Ruben, Scare Me). When a fateful romantic getaway between the two becomes a tense game of cat and mouse, both must confront the madness within him. Written and directed by Travis Stevens (Jakob’s Wife).
Kevin Can F**K Himself (Season 2) [AMC+ Exclusive Series – New Episodes Weekly]
Alternating between traditional multi-camera sitcom and single-camera drama, this ambitious, genre-bending series starring Emmy® Award-winning actress Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) returns for its second and concluding season. Set in Worcester, Massachusetts, Kevin Can F**K Himself probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the prototypical sitcom wife. Allison McRoberts (Murphy) is married to self-centred and “lovable” cable guy Kevin (Eric Petersen, Kirstie), but after a dark discovery, Allison teams up with neighbour Patty O’Connor (Mary Hollis Inboden, The Righteous Gemstones) to take drastic measures to escape her confines and take control of her life. She’s going to kill Kevin. At the end of season one, Neil (Alex Bonifer, Superstore), Kevin’s best friend and neighbour – and Patty’s brother – learned of their murderous plan and vowed to blow their cover. Now, Allison and Patty scramble to deal with Neil, pushing Allison to find a better way out. Altering the original escape plan, Patty once again agrees to help Allison, but this time, on her own terms.
Christmas with the Campbells [AMC+ Exclusive Film]
The traditional holiday romcom gets a new spin from Vince Vaughn (Fred Claus) and Dan Lagana (American Vandal). When Jesse gets dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn, his parents convince her to still spend Christmas with them and Shawn’s handsome cousin while Shawn is away. Starring Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Justin Long (He’s Just Not That into You), Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live), Joanna Garcia Swisher (Sweet Magnolias), Julia Duffy (Newhart, Designing Women) and George Wendt (Cheers). Directed by Clare Niederpruem (Little Women).
Mood [AMC+ Exclusive – Season Finale]
Sasha Clayton (Nicôle Lecky) dreams of becoming a major recording artist, but right now she’s a bedroom artist: spending her days smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend (Jordan Duvigneau, My Mum Tracy Beaker) on Instagram. When she is kicked out of her family home for drunkenly trying to burn her ex’s house down, Sasha becomes homeless and is forced to fend for herself, sofa-surfing with local drug dealer Saleem (Mohammad Dalmar). Everything seems to change when she meets and moves in with Instagram influencer and party girl Carly (Lara Peake, Brave New World), who introduces her to the exciting world of making money and becoming ‘famous’ on social media. But as the gap between her online presence and her dream of being a singer continues to grow, Sasha finds herself struggling to escape this new influencer world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined. Based on her critically acclaimed Royal Court play Superhoe the series is told in part through the songs that Sasha creates and features an innovative original soundtrack performed by Lecky.
Whitstable Pearl (Series 2) [Acorn TV Original – Episode 3/4 Today, 5/6 On December 12th]
Based on the popular book series by Julie Wassmer, the second season of Whitstable Pearl finds Pearl (Kerry Godliman, After Life) prioritising her detective work and transitioning from being a chef who solves crimes, to a full-time investigator who just happens to own a restaurant – the eponymous Whitstable Pearl. Pearl’s cases overlap with DCI Mike McGuire’s (Howard Charles, Shadow and Bone, Top Boy) police investigations. Their relationship is charged by a determination to outdo each other and a fiery mutual attraction. When they compete, sparks fly and tempers flare. When they work together, they make a hell of a team.
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans [A Shudder Original Series – New Episodes Every Tuesday, Season Finale On 20/12]
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans brings together some of the most popular drag icons from the show’s previous seasons competing in a grand championship of drag artistry and shocking physical challenges for a one hundred-thousand-dollar grand prize, the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour, and the first ever “Dragula Titans” crown and title. Guest Judges include Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Harvey Guillen, Justin Simien, David Dastmalchian, Poppy, Alaska, Katya, Joe Bob Briggs, Bonnie Aarons, Barbara Crampton and more.
Christmas Bloody Christmas [A Shudder Original]
It’s Christmas Eve and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms (Riley Dandy, That’s Amor) 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. Also starring Sam Delich (Spiderhead), Jonah Ray Rodrigues (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), Dora Madison (Alone with You), Jeremy Gardner (After Midnight), with Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Munsters) and Abraham Benrubi (“ER”), written and directed by Joe Begos (V.F.W.)
The Apology [Shudder Exclusive Movie]
Twenty years after the disappearance of her daughter, recovering alcoholic Darlene Hagan (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) is preparing to host her family’s Christmas celebration again with the help of her friend and neighbour, Gretchen (Janeane Garofalo, Wet Hot American Summer). Late Christmas Eve, Darlene’s estranged ex-brother-in-law, Jack (Linus Roache, Mandy) arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a heavy secret. Soon, Darlene finds herself caught between reason and ruthless instinct. Trapped together by a dangerous storm, a battle of wits escalates to a violent game of revenge. Written and directed by Alison Locke.
Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge [A Shudder Original]
When horror guru Rad Chad Buckley’s funeral turns into an elaborate series of death traps centred around Chad’s favourite films, the guests must band together and use the rules of horror to survive the bloody game.
Core Story: Rad Chad’s Revenge directed by Aaron B. Koontz.
Segments: Welcome to the 90s directed by Alexandra Barreto, The Night He Came Back Again Part VI – The Night She Came Back directed by Anthony Cousins, Special Edition directed by Jed Shepherd and We’re So Dead directed by Rachele Wiggins.
Flux Gourmet [Shudder Exclusive Movie]
Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders. Starring Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and Richard Bremmer (Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker). Written and directed by Peter Strickland (In Fabric).
The Madame Blanc Mysteries – Season 2 Christmas Special [Acorn TV Original Special]
In this Christmas-themed special to open the upcoming second season, renowned and respected antiques dealer, Jean White (series creator Sally Lindsay, Cold Call, Mount Pleasant), returns fresh from surviving an attempt on her life by the duplicitous Barbara. Jean’s expertise in the world of antiquities once again proves the key to solving a series of murders and mysteries against the backdrop of the beautiful French village of Saint Victoire. In the seasonal season opener, Jean comes to the aid of Chief of Police Caron (Alex Gaumond, The Syndicate), who finds himself on the other side of the interview table accused of a crime he didn’t commit.