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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 4: To All A Good Night (1980)

Slide 4: To All A Good Night (1980)

1980 was the year of the psychotic Santa, and the first film to use that idea was this cheap little slasher movie directed by David Hess, previously a songwriter for Elvis Presley and one of the leads in Wes Craven’s seminal 1972 horror Last House on the Left. The film, clearly riffing on Black Christmas, pitted a group of sorority sisters hanging out over Christmas vacation against an evil St Nick, and relied heavily on nudity and bloodletting for its commercial appeal. Written by Alex Rebar­­––who previously played the title role in the 1977 flick The Incredible Melting Man––the movie suffers from poor dialogue (one review describes it as “Sex, dumb chat, kill. Sex, dumb chat, kill....”) and the fact that inexplicably low lighting makes it difficult to see what’s actually happening.