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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 8: Santa Claws (1996)

Slide 8: Santa Claws (1996)

John A. Russo, a co-writer on the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead, wrote and directed this movie ostensibly to help promote Scream Queens Illustrated, a fan magazine about horror sirens he was publishing at the time. The mag gets prominently featured in the movie, as does Night of the Living Dead, but the main focus of attention is B-movie actress Debbie Rochon, who plays Raven, a porn star who is the object of obsession of her creepy next door neighbor Wayne (Grant Cramer). Wayne, as the rules of this subgenre dictates, once saw his mother in a sexual clinch with Santa and accordingly has become a psychopath. For reasons best known only to him, Wayne dresses up as Santa (with a sprayed black suit, decked out with a claw) and starts killing Raven's friend, colleagues, etc. To switch things up a bit––and to keep us focused on buying Scream Queens––Russo's movie goes for gratuitous nudity over gore here, while "true fans" can also enjoy the accompanying (narrative-free!) Scream Queens' Naked Christmas video.