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The 20 Best Hard Rock & Metal Albums of 2020

To say that 2020 sucked ass would be an understatement. With the corona-virus pandemic everything was affected, not the least of which was the music scene. This was a year mostly without live music. And, while some bands have decided to postpone releases till next year, like for example The Pretty Reckless, there was thankfully some amazing metal and hard rock albums to get us through these shitty times. Among, them legends released some of their finest work in years, while younger bands put out all the stops on their work. Here, then is my annual crop of the creme-de-la creme.

20. Repuked- Dawn of Reintoxication- Repuked's third album is equally repulsive, fun, and crushingly heavy. Read my full review here.

19. The White Swan- Nocturnal Transmission- Yes, I know this is an EP, but I would fucking be completely off if I didn't rank this. Cause, this sludge metal band fronted by Kittie's Morgan Lander is damn, fucking good! My full review

18. Incantation- Sect of Vile Divinities- This classic death metal act are back with this smashingly brutal release. My full review

17. Poppy- I Disagree- Poppy's I Disagree might be this year's most pleasant and adventurous surprise. She takes the kawaii metal sounds made famous be acts like Babymetal and really improves upon it. And, while I usually hate this brand of metal, I love what she does here. Mixing pop, industrial, metal, and nu-metal sounds, it's a fun, catchy, and original bit of music.

16. Testament- Titans of Creation- One of thrash metal most endearing and classic bands continue to release constantly great music. I slightly prefer the couple of albums before this one, but that just goes to show the quality of their output. As this is a fucking awesome blast of thrash assault! 

15. Annihilator- Ballistic, Sadistic- One of the year's earliest releases remains one of the best thrash metal albums of 2020. My full review.

14. Necrot- Mortal- Necrot continue to bring us the old school death metal, in this their best work to date. My full review

13. Deftones- Ohmes- After the disappointing Gore, the Deftones came right back up with this solid return to form. The album is a long time listen, as it takes a few spins to really get its hooks into you. But, once it does it sticks to you and only gets better with every listening. 

12- Napalm Death- Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism- Let it never be said that Napalm Death aren't afraid to add a few new twists to their classic sound. This killer album ranks as their finest release in many a moon. Heavy and angry as fucking hell, this album is an absolute ripper that will leave listeners beaten and bloody on the floor (even without the added bonus of concert mosh pits).

11. Abysmal Dawn- Phyolgensis- This album introduced me to brutality of Abysmal Dawn and with that they gained a new fan. Here is my review of one of the very best death metal albums of the year.

10. Trivium- What the Dead Men Say- Trivium are on a fucking roll after their amazing last The Sin and Sentence. This is a truly worthy follow up to that modern classic. Melodic, heavy, and technically strong, Trivium continue to put to shame many of other bands simialr to them and beyond. What the Dead Man Say is one of the listenable metal releases of this year, with the title track being one of the coolest singles and videos of 2020.

9. AC/DC- Power Up- 2020 definitely sucked a big bag of dicks. But, some good things came from it. And, one of the best things has to be the return of the mighty AC/DC! It's great to have Brian Johnson back signing in what might be the greatest hard rock act of all fucking time. And, Power Up is their best work in many years. Sure, I liked albums like Black Ice and Rock or Bust, but where Power Up rules is in the quality. You see many of the the tracks here rank among the most memorable songs they have composed in many, many years.

8. Lindsay Schoolcraft- Worlds Away- While, not a metal album in purest sense, this incredible record is the most beautiful and haunting release of 2020. My review of this amazing and powerful disc can be found here

7. Lucifer- Lucifer III- Three albums into their career, and Lucifer have become one of my favorite bands out there. Their seventies/ early eighties inspired metal sound is magnificently done. And, Lucifer III is their best yet. Songs like "Midnight Phantom", "Leather Demon", and "Lucifer" are some of my most played songs of 2020. 

6. Warbringer- Weapons of Tomorrow- My absolute favorite modern era thrash band continue to put out albums that puta lot other bands in this style of music, both new and old, to shame! The full frontal assaults of Weapons of Tomorrow is proof, yet again of this. Angry, fast, and filled with lyrics on war, this is killer thrash at its finest! 

5. Traveler- Termination Shock- Who would have thought that the best classic heavy metal album of the year, would also be in the top five albums of the year?  And, it comes from a newer band to boot! My full review

4. Sodom- Genesis XIX- German thrash masters Sodom are back! This is not only with their best album since their 80s heydays, but the best thrash release of 2020. My full review

3. Lamb Of God- Lamb of God- If it works stick with it! And, that's just what Lamb Of God does with groove laden crusher. It features songs that get you pumped up and wanna open a whole can of whoop ass. There are even team ups with Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta and Testament's Chuck Billy for further musical beatdowns.

2. Body Count- Carnivore- Here is another winner from motherfucking Body Count! It's pissed off, badass, timely, and a total ass kicker. In fact, this runner-up fits 2020 like a leather fucking glove that punches your right in the fucking nuts! And, it gets bonus points for having duos with singers like Amy Lee of Evanscence and the late, great Riley Gale of Power Trip.

1. The Black Dahlia Murder- Verminous- And, once again The Black Dahlia Murder top the list with their latest. Killer music, lyrics, and artwork all amount to another yet another masterpiece from their excellent catalogue. TBDM is light years of not just most fellow melodic death metal acts, but I would say death metal in general. A shame we didn't get to experience this killer live, but at least we can enjoy this motherfucking awesome beast!

What are your favorite albums of 2020? Let me know in the comments section below!


Shudder Viewers Raise More than $44,000 for Various Charities Via "Joe Bob Saves Christmas"!

Proceeds to Benefit The Trevor Project, The National Women’s Law Center,
The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue and the Organization for Autism Research


New York, NY — December 22, 2020 — Fans of Shudder’s The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs have turned a shared love of Christmas horror movies into generous donations, totaling $44,327 in winning bids across twenty eBay charity auctions that were first announced during the December 11 premiere of the Shudder Original special, Joe Bob Saves Christmas


"I was amazed by the generosity of our Last Drive-In family, especially since many of the auction items had minimal to zero actual value and had meaning only to fans of the show. The opening bids were so high that many of our viewers were not rich enough to participate but went ahead and made separate individual donations to the four charities, so our final impact is far greater than we could ever have hoped for, especially in this tough year of 2020. It was truly a Christmas miracle,” said The Last Drive-In host, Joe Bob Briggs.


Twenty items in all were put up for auction during the five-hour special, which introduced new lots between segments of two holiday horror films, the 1989 French film Deadly Games (also known as Dial Code Santa Claus) and the 1980 slasher, Christmas Evil. The items ranged from one-of-a-kind signed props, like a replica Demons mask which went for $7,900, to more esoteric memorabilia, like Shadows, the 1986 vinyl LP recorded by Atanas Ilitch, the actor who played the driller killer in cult classic Slumber Party Massacre II, which sold for $1,025. 


The final tally will also include a personal donation of $1,000 from Briggs, an additional $2,000 raised from photos sold by The Last Drive-In’s “Darcy the Mail Girl,” and an uncounted number of direct contributions made by viewers.


All proceeds after eBay fees and shipping costs will be donated to the following charities: 


The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.


The National Women's Law Center, fighting for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in society — working across the issues central to the lives of women and girls to change culture and drive solutions to gender inequity.


The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, whose mission is to provide a safe and loving environment to all donkeys that have been abused, neglected or abandoned, as well as protecting wild burros under threat of destruction.


Organization For Autism Research, dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by autism by supporting research that produces meaningful and practical results.


More information on all items and auctions can be found at https://joebobsaveschristmas.com/.


On The Last Drive-In series and specials, Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presents eclectic horror movie double features, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. Shudder and Briggs first teamed up in July 2018, for a 24-hour marathon intended to be Briggs’ final farewell to televised movie hosting. Due to overwhelming popular demand, Shudder brought The Last Drive-In back as a series and holiday specials in 2019 and 2020, with each episode and special premiere trending in the top ten in the US on Twitter. A third season has been announced for 2021.


The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings.

Thomas Haley's Timely Directorial Debut BREAKDOWN, Featuring Jessica Cameron, Releases!


         Thomas Haley's directorial feature film debut Breakdown has released world wide on digital platforms from AVAIL Entertainment, with a dvd release set for 1st Quarter 2021. It also marks the feature film debut for his production company H2 Crew Productions.

                Breakdown is Thomas Haley’s passion project and has been in the works for a few years. It’s release is well timed given the current pandemic which share similarities with the film’s grim reality. After a mysterious virus has wiped out much of the worlds population, with the remaining sick being corralled in quarantine zones, as one man fights to find a cure to save humanity, and himself.

               Breakdown is directed and stars Thomas Haley in his most intense role released to date, carrying much of the film’s heavy themes. He is surrounded by a stellar supporting cast including rising scream queen Brooklyn Haley (Paranormal Attraction, Camp Twilight, Slice and Dice), Corey Sorenson (Chicago Fire, Patchwork, Palo Alto), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare, Silent Night, All Through The House) and John Marrott (Envy, Desert Moon).

                The Film has been described as a cross between “I am Legend” and “Contagion” and was filmed with a skeleton crew and a strategically spent micro budget. When asked about the film Haley had these comments:

                “Months were spent in preproduction planning out where the best use our resources would really make the biggest impact. Every shot was discussed with the team to make every angle look its best.  When CoVid Hit Los Angeles, It was crazy. We had no idea how much reality would actually imitate art. We had a completed project centered around a virus and I thought lets get this out because people are going through very similar conflicts as Tim Reynolds (our Lead Character in Breakdown) and that relatability may help people feel less alone during this real life pandemic.”

               Breakdown was written by cinematographer Dan Jagels, who is a frequent collaborator with Haley, this is the 13th time have worked together. When asked about his inspiration for the script, Jagels said the following:

                I have always wondered and been fascinated by what it would really be like when something like a disease or natural disaster hits the world.  But not on a grand scale like most disaster or post apocalyptic movies, but for the individual.  The one man or woman that is trying to survive, that has perhaps already lost what he holds so dear.  Would this person in turn lose themselves?  Their sense of right and wrong?  Especially if others around him have gone to the dark side, so to speak. And no one is held accountable.  This film explores that idea.  One mans journey to do what is right, especially when everything has been lost or taken from him.”

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Shudder: January 2021 Highlights for US- Including The Hunted, The Queen of Black Magic, A Discovery of Witches, & More!

titles also available on Shudder Canada, UK and ANZ as noted




HUNTED — January 14

What started as a flirtatious encounter at a bar turns into a life-or-death struggle as Eve becomes the unknowing target of a misogynistic plot against her. Forced to flee as two men pursue her through the forest, she’s pushed to her extremes while fighting to survive—but survival isn’t enough for Eve. She will have revenge. A modern and radical take on the Little Red Riding Hood fable, Hunted is an exhilarating, transcendent, and frequently brutal survival tale that elevates itself with the power of myth and magic, while still holding an exacting mirror to present-day society. 


The live-action, English-language, and solo directorial debut for Academy Award-nominated French filmmaker and comic artist Vincent Paronnaud (Cannes Jury Prize Winner PersepolisChicken with Plums), Hunted is co-written by Paronnaud alongside Léa Pernollet and stars Magritte Award-winning actors Lucie Debay (The Confession) and Arieh Worthalter (Girl), with Ciaran O'Brien rounding out the intimate main cast.  A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZTrailer: https://youtu.be/TjSSbgg4Lwo 


The sins of the past come back with a vengeance in this new film from two of Indonesia’s modern masters of horror, director Kimo Stamboel (Headshot) and writer Joko Anwar (Satan’s SlavesImpetigore). A family travels to the distant, rural orphanage where the father was raised to pay their respects to the facility’s gravely ill director. But his and his best friends’ homecoming turns into a terrifying supernatural ordeal that threatens their and their families’ lives: someone is using dark magic to avenge evil deeds, long buried but not forgotten. Stamboel’s film is a reimagining of the 1981 Indonesian horror classic of the same name. Starring Ario Bayu, Hannah Al Rashid, Adhisty Zara, Ari Irham and Muzakki Ramdhan.  A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)  Trailer: https://youtu.be/9uC7_PFQgCc 




A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES Season 2 — January 9 (new episodes every Saturday)

The highly anticipated return of the smash hit series based on the best-selling All Souls novels by Deborah Harkness. Season two sees Matthew (Emmy-nominated Matthew Goode, Downton Abbey) and Diana (Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge) hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London where they must find a powerful witch to help Diana master her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. In the present day however, their enemies have not forgotten them. Returning for Season 2: Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Valarie Pettiford (Half & Half), Lindsay Duncan (The Honourable Woman), Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve), Aiysha Hart (Line of Duty), Daniel Ezra (All American) Aisling Loftus (War & Peace), Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Malin Buska (The Girl King), and Gregg Chillin (Da Vinci’s Demons). A SHUDDER/SUNDANCE NOW ORIGINAL SERIES.  (Also available on Shudder Canada) Trailer: https://youtu.be/_3yMVR1LUfc




THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND Season 1 – January 21 (all episodes)

The most recent series in The Walking Dead Universe comes to Shudder. The Walking Dead: World Beyond delves into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in the surviving civilization of a post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead, on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know.  Starring Aliyah Royale (The Red Line), Alexa Mansour (Unfriended: Dark Web), Nico Tortorella (Younger), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Nicolas Cantu (Vikes), Hal Cumpston (Bilched), and Emmy-winner Julia Ormond (Forever)







With a career that spanned six decades, Peter Cushing was one of the most iconic actors in horror history, bringing a profound dignity and vulnerability to every role—no matter how wild the premise or how rubber the monster. Celebrate his work with these four films from the ‘60s and ‘70s: haunted castle-set And Now the Screaming Starts with Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee and Stephanie Beacham; madhouse anthology Asylum with Lom and Magee again, plus Britt Ekland, Barbara Parkins and Charlotte Rampling; werewolf mystery The Beast Must Die with Calvin Lockhart, Ganja & Hess star Marlene Clark and Michael Gambon; and The Flesh and the Fiends (also available on Shudder Canada), a retelling of the Burke and Hare murders with Donald Pleasence.




January 4

SUPER DARK TIMES (Director: Kevin Phillips)

Zach and Josh are best friends growing up in the ‘90s in the suburbs—where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Starring Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)


FINGERS (Director: Juan Ortiz)

When an employee shows up to work with a missing pinky, it awakens demons in his boss that she never knew she harbored. Starring Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Jeremy Gardner, Michael St. Michaels. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)


January 9

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES episode 201 (see above for details)


January 11

BEFORE THE FIRE (Director: Charlie Buhler)

As a global pandemic engulfs Los Angeles, rising TV star Ava Boone is forced to flee the mounting chaos and return to her rural hometown. As she struggles to acclimate to a way of life she left behind long ago, her homecoming attracts a dangerous figure from her past—threatening both her and the family that serves as her only sanctuary. Starring Jenna Lyng Adams, Jackson Davis, Ryan Vigilant, Charles Hubbell. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)


CUB (Director: Jonas Govaerts)

A boy scout on a camping trip realizes something evil is in the woods, but the other scouts, who love to pick on Sam, don’t buy his story. What nobody knows is that a deranged poacher and his feral son have booby-trapped the entire area and are eager to test out their toys on the clueless children. Starring Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt.


THE PIT (Director: Lew Lehman)

Twelve-year old Jamie is an outcast in his small town—he is bullied, he shows signs of being a sexual deviant, and he has no friends aside from his demonic teddy bear, Teddy. Influenced by commands he hears from Teddy, Jamie lures his unsuspecting tormentors one by one to a forest pit that he has discovered on the outskirts of town, so that they can be devoured by the man-eating troglodytes that dwell at the bottom of THE PIT.  Starring Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits.


CELIA (Director: Ann Turner)

An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia. Starring Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Victoria Longley. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)


January 14

HUNTED (see above for details)


January 16

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES episode 202 (see above for details)




At the end of the 1700's, Catherine and Charles' honeymoon is thrown into chaos when she is raped and impregnated by a ghost. Before long, they've got to contend with a murderous severed hand, a skeptical psychiatrist, and other creepy circumstances. One of Amicus Studios' few non-anthology films, ANTS remains a superb slice of 70's British brutality. Starring Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham, Ian Ogilvy.


ASYLUM (Director: Roy Ward Baker)

In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum and hear their terrifying stories. Starring Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms, Peter Cushing.


THE BEAST MUST DIE (Director: Paul Annett)

A group of guests at a country house learn that one of them is secretly a werewolf in this supernatural mystery which famously included a “Werewolf Break” where audience members could guess who the guilty party is. Among the many suspects are an archaeologist, a piano player and diplomat, all of whom must submit to a series of strange werewolf tests. Starring Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark.


THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS (Director: John Gilling)

Horror audiences have long been fascinated by the tale of Robert Knox, a Scottish doctor who in 1828 became notorious for his complicity in a series of murders committed by grave robbers Burke and Hare, who received cash in exchange for fresh cadavers. John Gilling’s exceptionally eerie 1960 retelling, unlike John Landis’ 2010 slapstick BURKE & HARE, is historically accurate right down to Knox’s lazy left eye. Starring Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence. (Also available on Shudder Canada)


January 19

THE WOLF HOUSE (Director: Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León)

Winner — Best Animated Film, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2020. Maria, a young woman, finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired by the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, “The Wolf House” masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers. Starring Amalia Kassai, Rainer Krause. (Also available on Shudder Canada)


January 21

THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND Season 2 (see above for details)


January 23

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES episode 203 (see above for details)


January 25

NIGHTBREED (Director: Clive Barker)

Aaron is tormented by visions of monstrous, graveyard-dwelling creatures. But his creepy therapist offers little solace. When he's framed for serial slayings in the area, he heads for Midian, a place where undead monsters known as the "Nightbreed" live. Barker's follow-up to HELLRAISER developed a cult following on video, and its recent restoration proves its important place in horror cinema. Starring Craig ShefferDavid CronenbergAnne Bobby. (Also available on Shudder Canada)


RAWHEAD REX (Director: George Pavlou)

He’s pure evil… pure power… pure terror! RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken, and an unspeakable evil is unleashed. Screenplay by Clive Barker. Starring David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Niall Toibin, Ronan Wilmot, Niall O'Brien, Donal McCann. (Also available on Shudder Canada)


January 26

THE UNTOLD STORY (Directors: Danny Lee, Herman Yau)

After a severed hand washes up on a Macao beach, Police suspect Wong Chi Hang, the new owner of The Eight Immortals restaurant, famous for their delicious pork buns. The hands belong to the missing mother of the restaurant's former owner who has disappeared along with the rest of his family. Staff at the restaurant continue to go missing but the police can’t find any hard evidence. Can they make him talk? And what was in those famous pork buns? (Also available on Shudder Canada)


THE WOMAN (Director: Lucky McKee)

A man imprisons a violent, feral woman and enlists his family to help civilize her. Terrified of his domineering ways, his wife and daughters reluctantly go along with his plan. But his horny son needs no encouragement to start his own abusive treatment of the woman. Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum’s shocking tale of American sadism is one of the most provocative horror films of the decade, unflinching in its depiction of extreme violence inflicted on women and the horror of unchecked male privilege. Starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)


January 28

THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC (see above for details)


January 30

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES episode 204 (see above for details)





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A Creepshow Holiday Special: Shapeshifters Anonymous (Episode Review)

Series Title: Creepshow
Episode Name: Shapeshifters Anonymous
Episode Season & Number: 2.1
Writer/ Director: Greg Nicotero (Based on a short story by J.A. Konrath)
Cast: Anna Camp, Adam Pally, Frank Nictero, Pete Burris, Candy McLellan, Derek Russo, Tom Glynn
Min: 46

Robert Weston (Adam Pally) goes to a secret support group, called Shapeshifters Anonymous, so that they may help him with his problem. You see, he believes that he is turning into a werewolf, and is, in fact, the serial killer that has been on the news lately. He soon learns that there are different types of shapeshifters. But, he also discovers that not only is Santa Claus real, but that he and his helpers hunt and kill shape shifters.

A Creepshow Holiday Special: Shapeshifters Anonyomous is a Chirstmas themed. nearly one hour long episode. Series runner Greg Nictero directed and wrote it based on the short story by J.A. Konrath. The result is a light-hearted and funny holiday special. Nictero gives it a wonderful use of bright, comic-book colors, like purple and blue. He also adds some awesome homages to classic werewolf movies, that horror fans will get a kick out of.

The acting from the whole cast is lively and entertaining. Adam Pally makes for a particularly likable lead character in Robert. We can relate to him, even if none of us actually turn into werewolves (at least I imagine none of us do). But, it is the lovely Anna (True Blood) Camp, who plays the chapter president Marina, that really stands out. She plays her in a very pleasing manner with just the right amount of flirty sexiness and likable sweetness.

As always KNB EFX knock the special effects out of the park! The creatures all look really cool and add to the fun factor. The epiosde also has some cool gore including ripping and tearing of flesh, head-shots, decapitations, and more!

A Creepshow Holiday Special: Shapeshifters Anonymous is a blast from the cool intro of the creep to the very last reel. The episode is light hearted and has a feel good sentiment that is perfect for the holiday season. To be honest, I couldn't help but smile while watching it. It is also highly imaginative with nice flourishes of gore. This episode is further aided by strong acting from the whole, including a wonderful Anna Camp, as well as stylish and colorful directing from Greg Nictero. It really ranks among the best episodes in this wonderful anthology series. Plus, I feel like this could become an annual Christmas season viewing tradition for me. Fellow horror fans are sure to have the same reaction, when the episode begins streaming this Friday, December 18, 2020 on Shudder

3.5 out of 4