Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Evil (1980)

Director: Lewis Jackson

Starring: Brandon Maggart

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Better Watch Out... Better Not Cry... Or You May DIE!

Plot: Christmas Evil is the story of a boy who loves Christmas. He is scarred as a boy when he learns that Santa is not real. Throughout the rest of his life, the toy-maker tries to make the Christmas spirit a reality. He becomes obsessed with the behavior of children and the quality of the toys he makes. When he is met with hypocrisy and cynicism, the resulting snap causes him to go on a yuletide killing spree to complete this dark comedic horror.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yup.

CHRISTMAS EVIL is a little bit different than the other Santa slashers in that it's more about the psychalogical aspect than a murderous monster. It's not until the 45 minute mark that Harry suits up and starts to do his thing. That's when it gets really fun. It's a good, interesting dark comedy that might feel a little slow in the first half but the last half and finale make you forget all about it.

Don't let the low IMDb score fool you. It's much better than that and a good way to pass the time on some cold December night.

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