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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 3: The Passions of Carol (1975)

Slide 3: The Passions of Carol (1975)

Prolific NYC-based born helmer Shaun Costello certainly deserves points for ingenuity for conceiving this X-rated version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which was one of six films he made in 1975. Directed by Costello (under the name Amanda Barton), The Passions of Carol was made on a shoestring budget of $20,000 and told the story of the salvation of porn magazine editor Carol Scrooge (Mary Stuart). According to a reviewer on the Carnal Cinema website, apparently Costello's movie “is actually quite faithful to Dickens’ story.” Later, the review details a “sequence portraying Carol as a prostitute. Though barely recognizable with a bright blond afro, we see her escort an anonymous male to a dingy hotel room and complete a sordid, joyless transaction.” Ah yes, classic Dickens!