christmas horror

Joe imbibes some "Christmas Spirit" and we talk Krampus. 

I may be the only one on the podcast willing to admit my unabashed love for "Santa's Slay", but even if you're not in my camp, the first three minutes of the movie (video after the jump) are worth revisiting for a number of reasons.

Many topics covered this week, including Brett Ratner, geography, and most of all... old-man penis... The show will never be the same.

I’m going to hazard a guess here and say that if you are a regular reader of this website, chances are somewhere in the depths of your DVD collection you have at least one of those DVD sets with multiple horror “classics” packed on a handful of DVDs. It’s happened to all of us – you see a few titles you recognize, a few more that have to be watchable (“Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory” anybody?), and hey, who doesn’t need a seventh copy of “Night of the Living Dead”? I’ll also guess that you watched no more than three of the movies before realizing that murky VHS transfers of rightly forgotten movies maybe wasn’t the best ten dollars you ever spent. If you’re looking for some holiday-themed horror this Christmas you might want to blow the dust off that box set and see if it has “Silent Night, Bloody Night”, a gothic proto-slasher that beat seasonal classic “Black Christmas” to the punch by a couple of years.

A few years ago, you may remember some very cool, award winning shorts on YouTube under the title "Rare Exports" created by director Jalmari Helander. Seems those shorts have already acquired a cult reputation in the internet, and spawned a full fledged movie.

It wasn't the first Christmas themed horror film, but "Silent Night, Deadly Night" would prove to be the most controversial upon its wide release in 1984. Director Charles E. Sellier Jr.'s slasher film caused quite a stir with its provocative promotional campaign.

If you have FearNET on Demand from either Comcast or Time Warner Cable in the US, right now they have a whole mess of Holiday horror streaming for your convenience. Last night I had the pleasure (?) of taking in this gem that I had never seen before, "New Years Evil" (1980).

In Norway, Santa Claus is a giant man who eats children and is hunted during the month of December for his tender soft flesh and warm pelt. He hides in the mountains during the off season and waits for Christmas to come when he unleashes hell on all the little boys and girls.

Nothing violently screams "Merry Christmas" quite like a good, old-fashioned senseless bloodletting. Nevermind the twinkling lights, the blankets of snow, and the Yuletide spirit -- if a half-naked teenage girl isn't getting graphically impaled upon the antlers of an enormous mounted deer head, then there's a very strong possibility that my holiday cheer will be less than spectacular. Your family traditions may vary slightly from my own, but I think the sentiment remains the same.