Interpreted By Naching T. Kassa
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Holidays, HWA faithful! Welcome to the December edition of the Horror Watch! Watchung is in a festive mood. He’s put up the Festivus Pole, performed the feats of strength, and hung up his stocking, all to prepare for the appearance of his favorite legendary figure. Who you may ask? Why Krampus, of course! Watchung has been a rotten pumpkin all year long, and he can’t wait to see his hero. We’ll leave him to his vigil and take a look at the gifts he’s given us this month.
Christmas brings little horror to TV this month.
The season finale of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT aired on November 14. No word yet on what next season will entail.
Watch for WESTWORLD. The HBO show will return in the spring of 2018.
DARK, a German-language, supernatural, family drama about the disappearance of two children premieres December 1. The Netflix show consists of ten subtitled episodes.
Fans of STRANGER THINGS, rejoice! Netflix has green-lit the show for a third season. The show will involve a time jump (the kids are growing too fast) and focus more on the characters. Look for the new season next year.
On to movies!
SLUMBER—Friday, December 1, Not Rated. A doctor, specializing in sleep, must protect a family from a sleep demon. Directed by Jonathan Hopkins. Stars Maggie Q (DIVERGENT).
THE SHAPE OF WATER—Friday, December 1, Rated R. A lonely lab worker’s life is changed when she and a co-worker discover a classified experiment. The film is set in 1962 during the Cold War. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro.
At this time, Universal has abandoned their plans to create a “Dark Universe” franchise of films. Following the failure of THE MUMMY starring Tom Cruise, Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS) and Chris Morgan (FAST AND THE FURIOUS) left the project. Universal plans to offer the franchise to Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Whether he will take it is anyone’s guess. Watchung will keep a close eye on things and inform us of any changes.
MOTHER!—Tuesday, December 19, Rated R. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
LEATHERFACE—Tuesday, December 19, Rated R. The story of how Jed Sawyer became Leatherface.
JEEPERS CREEPERS 3—Tuesday, December 26, Not Rated.
RATPOCALYPSE—Tuesday, December 12, Not Rated. A B-Horror/Comedy about the premonition of a U.S. Senator and the mysterious young woman who brings it to fruition.
Now, we leave La-La-Land and enter the Great White Way! On to Broadway!
KING KONG has finally made it to the Broadway stage! The timeless story of Beauty and the Beast has been transformed into a musical and will premiere on November 8, 2018. It is written by Jack Thorne, with a score by Marius de Vries, and originally started in Australia in 2013. Puppetry will bring the famous ape to life.
CALL OF DUTY: WWII was released November 3, on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 formats. The game includes a co-op game mode called, NAZI ZOMBIES. You can play as four different characters: Marie Fischer, Jefferson Potts, Olivia Durant, and Drostan Hynd. Marie is an engineer and tactician, searching for her brother. Jefferson is a strong soldier. Olivia is an art historian and weapons expert, and Drostan is a former thief. Your objective is to destroy the undead soldiers created by Nazi Scientists.
HELLO NEIGHBOR was released December 8. This stealth/survival horror game involves a REAR WINDOW type plot. You must sneak into your next door neighbor’s basement and uncover his terrible secret. HELLO NEIGHBOR is available on Xbox One and PC formats.
That’s it for this edition of Watchung’s Horror Watch. Watchung hopes you enjoy his gifts and your holiday season. He’ll return next year with more horror tidbits.
And, remember: if there’s horror news out there, Watchung is watching!
Special thanks to the following websites: wheresthejump.com, dreadcentral.com, bloodydisgusting.com, ihorror.com, thisishorror.co.uk, dvdreleasedates.com, promotehorror.com, dailydead.com, variety.com, horrorfreaknews.com, collider.com, moviepilot.com, cinemablend.com, tvline.com, indiewire.com, ew.com, movieweb.com, joblo.com, nerdmuch.com, imdb.com, rottentomatoes.com, gamespot.com, deadgames.org, screenrant.com, movieinsider.com, moviefone.com, telegraph.co.uk/gaming, eonline.com, gameranx.com, and wikipedia.com