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raymac Written by raymac
Dec. 17, 2006 | 11:19 PM
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CHRISTMAS HORROR

Don?t care if Clarence gets his wings; think Scrooge deserves to die a lonely, unloved man; hope that Kris Kingle is shipped off to the funny farm where he belongs, then you need a change from the traditional holiday film.

Horror and Christmas has had a long history and you can create your very own dark film festival from the list of films below.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)

Tagline: If this movie doesn?t make your skin crawl?It?s On Too Tight!

A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.

Considered to be the prototype for the slasher films of the 80s. The director, Bob Clark, followed this film up with the beloved classic, A CHRISTMAS STORY. Talk about polar opposites.


CHRISTMAS EVIL (1980)

Tagline: Better Watch Out?Better Not Cry?Or You May DIE!

A boy, who is scarred for life when he finds out Santa is not real, becomes disillusioned by the crass commercialism of the season and sets out to reward the good boys and girls ? and punish the naughty ones.


DEAD END (2003)

Tagline: Read the signs.

Frank Harrington, taking his family to spend Christmas with his in-laws, takes a short cut and plunges them into a night of terror.


DON?T OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS (1984)

Tagline: ?t?was was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring?they were all dead!

This British thriller has a psycho killing anyone in a Santa suit and it?s up to Scotland Yard to stop him.


ELVES (1990)

Tagline: They don?t work for Santa anymore.

A young woman and two of her friends are trapped in a department store with killer elves and only Santa can save her.


GINGERDEAD MAN (2005)

Tagline: Out of the oven?and into your heart!

A gingerbread man comes to life with the soul of a convicted killer who terrorizes the girl who sent him to the electric chair.

From the mind of Charles Band?enough said.


GREMLINS

Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

A young man breaks the 3 rules regarding his new pet and unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters on a small town.

Joe Dante?s classic was written by Chris Columbus. The Christmas season is the back drop for this film. Phoebe Cates? character explaining why she hates Christmas is priceless.


JACK FROST (1996)

Tagline: He?s chillin?and killin.

A serial killer comes back to life as a snowman.

An enjoyable film. You?ll get to see a snowman have sex.


JACK FROST 2: REVENGE OF THE MUTANT KILLER SNOWMAN (2000)

Tagline: He?s Icin? and Slicin?

The killer snowman returns to kill more people during Christmas.


SANTA CLAWS (1996)

Tagline: His slay bells are ringing!

A scream queen is stalked by an obsessed fan dressed as Santa Claus.

Written & directed by John A. Russo who was one of the creators of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.


SANTA?S SLAY (2005)

Tagline: He?s making a list?pray you?re not on it!

Santa, is a demon who lost a bet to an angel, so he is forced to become a giver of toys and happiness. When the bet is off, he returns to his evil way.

Watch an all-star cast of Fran Drescher, Chris Kattan, and Dave Thomas get slaughtered by Santa


SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (1974)

Tagline: The mansion?the madness?the maniac?no escape.

A man returns to his ancestral home, now an insane asylum, only to discover that there is an axe murderer running loose.

This graphic film has only a tenuous connection to Christmas. Look for the POV shot of a patient grinding a broken glass into a doctor?s eye.


SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)

Tagline: You’ve made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas

Tormented by a nun in an orphanage, a young man grows up to become a department store Santa and becomes convinced that he is the real Santa and sets off to reward the good children? and punish the naughty ones.

Effective chiller that compares favorably to the classics of the genre follows the traditional slasher film convention of teens having sex right before they die.


SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT II (1986)

Tagline: The nightmare is about to begin?again!

This follow-up has the brother of the original killer recounts the story from the first film to his psychiatrist to explain his own killing spree.

Virtually half the film was composed of footage from the original through flashbacks which allowed for the film to be made very cheaply.


SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT III : BETTER WATCH OUT! (1989)

Tagline: When your nightmare ends?the real terror begins!

A crazed scientist revives the psycho Santa to predictable results.

Although there would be other ?sequels,? the original storyline ends with this film.


SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT IV: INITIATION (1990)

Tagline: And if I die before I wake, thank you.

A female reporter, investigating a mysterious death, discovers the existence of a pagan cult that wants her as their next sacrifice.

Directed by horror fave, Brian Yuzna, this was a surprisingly good film and explores the early pagan inspiration of the Christmas holiday.


SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT V: THE TOY MAKER (1992)

Tagline: He?s home?but he?s not alone.

A toy maker, Joe Petto, and his son make a bunch of killer toys.


TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972)

Tagline: DEATH LIVES in the vault of horror!

Five people, lost in a crypt, meet a mysterious crypt keeper who tells them how they died.

The EC comic comes to life. The film opens with Joan Collins terrorized by an escaped killer dressed as SANTA>


TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT (1980)

Tagline: You?ll scream till dawn!

A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.


WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO? (1971)

Tagline: The hand that rocks the cradle has no flesh on it.

One Christmas, the disturbed Auntie Roo, kidnaps a little girl who reminds her of her deceased daughter. When no one believes him, a young man must rescue his sister on his own.

Shelley Winters chews up the scenery in this retelling of the Hansel & Gretel legend.

 


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