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Holidays Films to Make Your Christmas Scary

Posted December 09, 2009 to photo album "Holidays Films to Make Your Christmas Scary"

If you're feeling all Scrooge this holiday season, then Nick Dawson's selection of movies that take a darker look at Christmas is perfect for you.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Black Christmas (1974)
Slide 3: The Passions of Carol (1975)
Slide 4: To All A Good Night (1980)
Slide 5: Christmas Evil (1980)
Slide 6: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Slide 7: Elves (1989)
Slide 8: Santa Claws (1996)
Slide 9: Jack Frost (1996)
Slide 10: 'R Xmas (2001)
Slide 11: Santa’s Slay (2005)
Slide 11: Santa’s Slay (2005)

Slide 11: Santa’s Slay (2005)

Writer-director David Steiman paid his dues as assistant to Brett Ratner, then emerged from the Rush Hour helmer's shadow with this seasonal black comedy, on which Ratner was a producer. Unlike all the previous "bad Santa" horror flicks, Santa's Slay doesn't feature some whackjob dressing up in a red suit and fake beard in order to off people - here, it's actually Santa who's got the killer instinct. In the mythology of Steiman's movie, Santa (here played by pro wrestler Bill Goldberg) is the son of Satan, but due to a bet he lost with an angel, he was unable to act upon his evil inclinations for a whole millennium––until now, that is. The film has an astonishingly high body count of 35, with the slaying already beginning in the pre-credit sequence, in which the quarreling Mason family (played by James Caan, Fran Drescher, Chris Kattan, Rebecca Gayheart, et al) are brutally dispatched by Goldberg.