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Streaming Guide – December 2022

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Viewers can expect lots of holiday movies this month, but for steampunk fans, the major highlights are the Season 3 premiere of His Dark Materials on HBO Max and Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Pinocchio on Netflix.

Our monthly streaming guides focus on titles arriving each month on the major streaming services. See “Our Ultimate Streaming Guide” for a more comprehensive look at steampunk-related movies and series on these services.

Unless otherwise noted, these productions debut Dec. 1. We can only confirm new arrivals in the U.S., but some titles may also be available on these streaming services in other countries.

HBO Max

His Dark Materials (Season 3) – This will be the third and final season for the fantasy series adapted from the Philip Pullman novels. The season, consisting of eight episodes, is based on The Amber Spyglass, the third book in the trilogy.

From the logline: “Lyra, the prophesied child, and Will, the bearer of The Subtle Knife, must journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. As her father’s great war against the Authority edges closer, they will learn that saving the worlds comes at a terrible price.”

The first two episodes will air on Monday, Dec. 5, followed by two episodes each week until the finale on Dec. 26. The cast features Dafne Keen as Lyra, Amir Wilson as Will, Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Hook (1991) – Steven Spielberg directed this film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, which starred Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Robin Williams as Peter, and Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell. Other cast members included Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Phil Collins. It received mixed reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in December: Season 4 of Doom Patrol, the live-action series about the DC Comics superhero team. The season premieres on Dec. 8.

Titles leaving on Dec. 31 include Highlander (1986) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).

Hulu

I, Frankenstein (2014) – This live action film, based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, casts Victor Frankenstein’s creature as a demon hunter. Aaron Eckhart stars as the creature. The film was roundly panned by critics.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in December: Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of The Dead.

Titles leaving Hulu at the end of December include Wild Wild West (1999), Blazing Saddles (1974), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

Netflix

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) – The acclaimed director adapted the classic children’s tale as a stop-motion animated musical fantasy. The voice cast includes Gregory Mann, David Bradley, Ewan McGregor, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, Burn Gorman, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson.

This is the second major adaptation of the story to be released this year, following Disney’s live-action film in September. But whereas that movie scored poorly with critics, del Toro’s version has received almost universal praise. It premiered in October at the BFI London Film Festival and had a limited theatrical release in November. It makes its streaming premiere on Dec. 9.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022) – The Charles Dickens classic becomes an animated musical fantasy in this Netflix Original movie. Luke Evans voices Ebenezer Scrooge, with Olivia Colman as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Jonathan Pryce as Jacob Marley, and Johnny Flynn as Bob Cratchit.

The film had a limited theatrical release on Nov. 18 and makes its streaming debut on Dec. 2. It’s received mixed reviews from critics.

More info: IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Paramount+

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) – Kenneth Branagh directed this adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic. He also stars as Victor Frankenstein, with Robert De Niro portraying The Creation. The film received mixed reviews but scored an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup. It also arrives in December on Prime Video.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) – Sherlock Holmes and John Watson tackle their first mystery as students in a boarding school. The film was directed by Barry Levinson from an original screenplay by Chris Columbus.

As with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, it also arrives this month on Prime Video.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Peacock

Night at the Museum (2006) – Ben Stiller stars as a security guard in a natural history museum where the exhibits come to life at night. The cast also includes Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt, Patrick Gallagher as Attila the Hun, Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah, Steve Coogan as Octavius, Mizuo Peck as Sacagawea, Owen Wilson as the miniature cowboy Jedediah, and Brad Garrett as the Easter Island Head.

Most memorable line: “This is so not worth $11.50 an hour!”

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Prime Video

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) – Based on the children’s books, the film tells the story of three orphans who undergo a series of mishaps in a neo-Victorian world. Jim Carrey steals the show as the villainous Count Olaf. It’s been making the rounds on various streaming services, but even adults will find that it’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it before.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in December: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985).

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