12 Deadly Days
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Scary series mixes good writing, dark humor, and gore.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Christmas is a time for haunting.
Positive Role Models
Folks are from all walks of life (and death).
Violence & Scariness
Violent murders; lots of gory, bloody scenes. Scary witches and other beings.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo and discussion.
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Products & Purchases
Ford logo visible; references to Red Bull.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking (beer, blood).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this YouTube Red original miniseries is about a terrifying winter holiday season in a Southern California town. Following in the holiday horror tradition, it's got lots of bloody violence and frightening images. There are a few sexual moments, but most of the focus is on being scary rather than sexy. Profanity includes some rough words like "goddamn," and there is some drinking. Products like Ford trucks and Red Bull are referenced or partially visible. Teen horror fans will be drawn to this solidly scary series, but it's too intense for younger or sensitive viewers.
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What's the Story?
12 DEADLY DAYS is a YouTube original mini series about a terrifying holiday season in a Southern California town. During the 12 days leading up to Christmas, various citizens living in the fictional town of Saturn, California, are faced with terrifying paranormal activity, ranging from vindictive ghosts and flesh-eating witches to vampires and murderous holiday carolers. The closer to December 25th they get, the more bizarre the experiences become.
Is It Any Good?
The 12 fun installments of this dark comedy series offer lots of terrifying, unexpected twists and turns. Each episode offers its own unique narrative, but they all interconnect in some way. Adding to the fun is the diverse cast, which consists of film and TV actors like The Purge: Election Year's Betty Gabriel and Big Love's Douglas Smith, as well as popular YouTube stars like Meghan Rienks and Anna Akana.
Watching 12 Deadly Days isn't the most conventional way to get into the Christmas spirit. Nonetheless, it's well-written, well-produced, and extremely entertaining. You don't have to wait until the holidays to enjoy it, either. If you're in the mood for some good stories that mix merrymaking with humor and horror, you won't be disappointed.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about horror. Do you like feeling a little scared? Why or why not? Do you think 12 Deadly Days is scary?
Is 12 Deadly Days more violent or scary than other horror TV shows or movies you've seen? Less? How old should you be to be able to watch it?
- Premiere date: December 12, 2016
- Cast: Meghan Rienks, Jon Fletcher, J. Claude Deering
- Network: YouTube
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: July 1, 2022
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