Christmas is almost here, and we’re celebrating with a rundown of all of the new Netflix releases arriving this weekend, starting December 21. Whether you’re looking for a tense post-apocalyptic thriller or a Christmas special about a red panda who loves death metal, there’s something for just about everyone.
Last week’s big releases included Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama Roma, a special holiday episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and season 4 of sitcom spinoff Fuller House. The new year will also bring some exciting new offerings, including new seasons of The Punisher and A Series of Unfortunate Events. The streaming service is also packed with recently-released Christmas movies like A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and The Christmas Chronicles.
Here’s our weekly rundown of the biggest new releases coming to Netflix this weekend, and a complete list of all the other titles that are also becoming available.
From Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier, Bird Box is a thriller set in a near-future where society has been beset by terrifying unseen entities. Well, actually, they’re not unseen – the twist here is that anyone who catches sight of them will be driven to suicide or to homicidal insanity. Sandra Bullock plays a mother leading her two children through this treacherous world, surviving by wearing blindfolds at all times. Bird Box has been compared to this year’s earlier horror film A Quiet Place due to its similar premise, and is easily the most intriguing release coming to Netflix this weekend.
It’s time to get traumatized all over again with Watership Down, a new BBC miniseries that adapts Richard Adams’ novel of the same name. Watership Down tells the story of a warren of rabbits who are violently evicted from their former home and go in search of a new one, encountering fearsome dangers along the way. The four-episode series features a star-studded voice cast, including James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig and Daniel Kaluuya as Bluebell.
Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas
Aggretsuko is an anime musical comedy about a red panda called Retsuko who works off the frustrations of her day job by singing death metal in a karaoke bar every night. This special holiday episode, Aggretsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas, features a guest performance from Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong and his current project, Tim Timebomb and the Interrupters. The episode sees Retsuko’s obsession with her social media presence putting her Christmas celebrations in jeopardy. Can the power of rage-fueled music get her out of this jam?
Other New Netflix Releases This Weekend
3Below: Tales of Arcadia – Animated sci-fi/fantasy series that serves as the second installment of Guillero del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia trilogy (which began with Trollhunters).
7 Days Out – Documentary series that studies major events by looking at the week leading up to them.
Back with the Ex – Australian reality dating show that tries to reignite the romance between couples who have broken up.
Bad Seeds – French comedy film about a scam artist who finds a new lease on life through mentoring a group of troubled students.
The Casketeers – Reality TV show from New Zealand about Māori funeral directors Francis and Kaiora Tipene.
Derry Girls (pictured above) – Northern Irish sitcom, set during The Troubles, about teenagers who attend an all-girls school in Derry.
Diablero – Mexican supernatural TV series about a priest who teams up with a demon hunter in order to find a missing girl.
Last Hope Part 2 – The latest installment of the anime series about a scientist who nearly wiped out mankind with an ecological disaster, and seeks redemption by joining an elite mecha fighting force.
Perfume – This German crime thriller series is a modern take on Patrick Süskind’s classic novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Sirius the Jaeger – Anime series about a group of vampire hunters, including a werewolf whose home village was destroyed by vampires.
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski – Documentary film about the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski.
Tales By Light Season 3 – Australian documentary series about photographers who travel around the world capturing incredible images.
Wolf (Börü) – Turkish miniseries about a special-operations police unit engaging in dangerous missions across the country.