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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This December

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 4, 2012 at 12:56PM

As usual, Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this cold month to bring you a curated list of the 10 most worth your time. Your options this month include a dark comedy the filmmaker behind "Bubba Ho-Tep," a blazing satire shot entirely on iPhones, Chris Colfer's charming screenwriting debut, one of the most sexually provocative films to play at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and many more. Here are the 10 films to watch on VOD this December, in alphabetical order:
1

"John Dies at the End" (December 27) Criticwire Page

"John Dies at the End" is a dark comedy-horror flick written and directed by Don Coscarelli ("Phantasm," "Bubba Ho-Tep") and adapted from David Wong's novel of the same name. In the film, a drug -- Soy Sauce, as it's called on the street -- allows users to drift across time and dimensions, but at a price: when you come back from your high, you may no longer be human. What you are, instead, is a very real threat to mankind. The comedy centers on two young guys (Rob Mayes and Chase Williamson) who embark to save all of humanity, despite being ill-equipped. If you like your horror films offbeat with a lot of laughs, "John" is right up your alley. Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Doug Jones also star.

Where to Find: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX, ATT Uverse

"King Kelly" (December 4) Criticwire Page

Shot largely on iPhones, the SXSW Film Festival discovery "King Kelly" delivers a "ferocious indictment of Generation Me by boiling it down to a single ditzy teen," according to Indiewire's Eric Kohn who gave Andrew Neel's satire a glowing A- at this year's festival. The film centers on Kelly (Louisa Krause), who runs an online sex show in the bedroom of her suburban home, unbeknownst to her clueless parents.

Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

"Kumare" (December 11) Criticwire Page

In "Kumaré," director Vikram Gandhi plays the titular character, a guru from a fictional village in India who travels to Arizona to spread the gospel of his own brand of yoga that includes a special "blue light" ritual that doesn't exist beyond Gandhi's creation of it for the film. "Ghandi makes it clear that he actually came to appreciate the earnestness behind a mass desire to accept spiritual concepts for the sake of personal satisfaction," wrote Kohn in his review out of SXSW. "However, that doesn't alter the nature of his prank, which he describes as 'the biggest lie I've ever told and the greatest truth I've ever experienced.' He just makes it hard to tell where the lie ends and the truth begins."

Where to Find: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

This article is related to: New On VOD, VOD