A Bill Murray Christmas + 13 more movies and shows hitting Netflix in December

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Dec 1, 2015, 2:42 PM EST (Updated)

Every month, Netflix makes changes to its always-popular streaming service, and when they do, we like to give you a heads-up about all the new genre movies and shows available for you to binge on. This month is a little lighter than others, but there are certainly some gems, including a Bill Murray Christmas special, the Black Mirror Christmas special, the cult classic Darkman and more.

Check out what's new on Netflix this month, and make your bingeing plans accordingly. 


Broadchurch, Season 2 (2015)

OK, so this isn't exactly genre, but it's got David Tennant being amazing. Since I know you've already finished bingeing Jessica Jones, it might be time to try this.


The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

Vin Diesel is still promising us another Riddick movie, but until we get it, dig into this animated feature set between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, in which a group of bounty hunters pick the wrong guy to mess with.


Darkman (1990)

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Give Sam Raimi a chance to blend a pulpy '30s monster sensibility with superheroes and you get this acclaimed yet criminally underviewed gem.


Stir of Echoes (1999) and Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming (2007)

It's not exactly the time of year for scary movies, but if you're in the mood for that, you could do worse than this Kevin Bacon-led ghost story. And if you've got the time, give the sequel a shot, too.


A Very Murray Christmas (2015), Available December 4

I have no idea if this Netflix original holiday special will feature anything particularly supernatural. I do, however, know that it stars Bill Murray, and if you're a nerd, you love Bill Murray. It's a fact.

Dinosaur 13 (2014), Available December 5

If you're an archaeology nerd, a documentary nerd, or both, you'll want to check out this film. Dinosaur 13 tells the story of the discovery of "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, its subsequent government seizure, and the 10-year legal battle that followed.

Vampire Academy (2014), Available December 7

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This film, which is among other things an attempt to satirize YA movie adaptation trends, arrived to almost universal critical hatred and very little box-office love. But Netflix is where these things become underrated gems, right? There just might be enough bonkers fun in this movie to hook someone in the room.

Children's Programming

It's December, and you know what that means: For a large chunk of the month, kids will be home from school clamoring for something to watch on TV. Thankfully, there's a big chunk of new children's programming hitting Netflix this month, including some never-before-seen original. First, on Dec. 9, there's Phineas and Ferb Season 4, followed by Season 2 of the Netflix original The Adventures of Puss In Boots on Dec. 11, the premiere of the Netflix original Glittler Force on Dec. 18, and the fifth season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic on Dec. 28.


Helix, Season 2 (2015), Available December 16

Sadly, this sci-fi contamination drama did not live to see Season 3, but if you liked what you saw in Season 1 and missed the second run when it aired on Syfy, you can catch up now.


Black Mirror "White Christmas" (2014), Available December 25

If you like your Christmas on the creepy side, you'll be able to curl up on Christmas Day with this acclaimed special episode of Black Mirror, starring Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall in three mini-stories.


(Via ComingSoon)