Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is It Too Early To Start Talking Christmas Horror?


Christmas is only about a month away, so I figure now's a good a time as any to start to get in on the fun. All the stores are doing it, why can't I? I'm listening to Air Supply sing Winter Wonderland on Sounds of the Seasons right now and god damnit i'm getting into the mood already and I can't hold back! Wait, why am I listening to Air Supply? Ah, fuck it! Let's get into the Christmas spirit, shall we!

If there's anything I love more than a horror flick, it's a horror flick set around Christmas time. Forget Brad and Angelina. Forget Madonna and that guy who directs those movies that are always the same. Christmas and horror are the ultimate match made in heavenly hell! Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night, Jack Frost (the one with the angry snowman on the cover not the one where Batman turns into a snowman), Santa's Slay, you name it. Ok, maybe not that last one. I haven't seen it yet but the idea of a has been pro wrestler portraying an evil Santa Claus from hell isn't that appealing to me. Actually, what the hell am I talking about? That pretty much sounds like the greatest film ever made. I think i'll finally indulge in that one this year. Speaking of has been wrestlers in Christmas movies, Santa With Muscles was pretty fuckin epic. But let's get back to the topic at hand. I'm a complete and utter glutton for Christmas movies and when a killer Santa (or a killer of any kind for that matter) is thrown into the mix, I just cannot seem to resist.

And that brings me to one of my favorite things to watch around this time of the year. It's not a movie, it's an awesome episode of Tales From The Crypt titled "And All Through The House". It's actually the second episode of the Crypt to ever air (original air date was June 10th of '89) and that makes it all the more special. Not to mention it was written by the dude (Fred Dekker) who wrote House and wrote and directed The Monster Squad and Night of the Creeps and was directed by Robert "Cast Away, Back to the Future 1-3, Forrest Gump" Zemeckis. Now that's what I call some serious credentials.


The story centered around a woman who kills her husband to collect on his insurance policy on Christmas Eve. Unbeknownst to her, a deranged psycopath broke free from the mental hospital just hours prior and is killing everyone he can get his hands on, all while dressed as jolly Old Saint Nick. The two killers paths cross and all kinds of bloody Christmasy fun ensues.

This post would be totally pointless without the ability to click a simple sideways triangle and watch the entire episode right now in the comfort of your undies, so here ya go! Merry early Christmas! Don't say I never got ya anything!

Part 1

Part 2

That episode is actually a remake, as the "All Through The House" story was also filmed prior in the original 1972 Tales From The Crypt movie and starred Joan Collins. I was able to track down this 10 minute clip of it so check that out too if ya get the chance!

To generate some discussion here, leave a comment telling your personal favorite Christmas themed horror film! There will be lots more Christmas horror fun to come in the near future and i've got a lot of little gifts like this one in store for you all!


Jason Takes Portland said...

There is nothing like taking a time honored holy day of peace and good will towards men and turning it into a blood bath!

My question is: when is someone going to make a Hanukkah horror movie? I want poisened latkes and razor sharp driedels. I want to see somone impaled on a flaming menorah.

In this day and age when we have a black President, why cant we have a Jewish Slasher flick?

John said...

ya know, I think i'll start writing that movie right now!