So with this in mind I have found a way to satiate both my sentimentalities and my need for blood letting by interrupting the conventional holiday viewing with a nice (and regular) dose of Holiday Horror! In fact I save it up all year just so that I will have plenty of fun choices to keep my inner evil elf properly adjusted! This year I want to share a few of my holiday horror finds over the years with you, may they keep you in the spirit of the HorrorDays! Ho Ho Ho!!!
Where possible I will include links (click the pictures below) for rental/purchase or tell you where they are available for streaming (please note if I mention Netflix it is the US streaming service, and can not promise they will be included in streaming options on Netflix in other countries). With that said lets start (in no particular order) on the 12 days of Christmas holiday horror list.
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"Caesar and his half brother Otto take on duties at Xmas Enterprises as Santa and his elf. However, the bodies begin to pile up when a fellow store Santa (CKY's Deron Miller) develops a vendetta against them, and he soon turns Caesar's list of cancelled Thanksgiving Dinner guests into a list of Xmas-inspired victims! A cross between Scary Movie and Silent Night Deadly Night, C&O's Deadly Xmas takes the Christmas slasher into all new gruesome and hilarious territory. Featuring cult movie icons Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Lloyd Kaufman, Joe Estevez, Felissa Rose and Robert Z'dar."
This holiday gem is available for purchase on amazon thanks to Wild Eye Releasing, or you can find this one streaming on The Movie & Music Network, and you can view it for free for a limited time by accessing my review posted lats month which includes a link to view for free!
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P2 released in 2007 is a Canadian / American film that is set in a parking garage and was released by Summit Entertainment.The story revolves around Angela who got stuck working late on Christmas Eve. When she gets to her car on parking level 2 in the garage under her office she finds her car won't start, and thus begins her holiday of horror! This is a great edge of your seat sort of intimate horror flick.
This one is available from amazon for purchase but I couldn't find a streaming version anywhere maybe you will have better luck...
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"A family anticipates a Christmas filled with sledding, laughter and hot cocoa as they head to their vacation home in the secluded backcountry. The holiday cheer takes a fast turn for the worst after a mysterious flu-like virus plagues the children. One by one the children become deadly. Amidst the suspicion, mayhem and murder, the parents fight for survival against their own twisted offspring."
The Children is a great find! While i normally am not a huge fan of films that revolve around children gone bad this film proved itself to be creepy and effective with some nice twists! A great addition to any holiday horror watch list. The Children is available streaming on Amazon.
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A favorite of mine for years now this one is often overlooked, but has some heavy hitters in the world of Indie Horror with Lin Shay and Ray Wise, both of whom hand in great performances in this holiday classic.
"It's Christmas Eve and like every year, the Harringtons take a trip to their in-laws to celebrate the holidays. Taking an unfamiliar shortcut, Mr. Harrington makes the biggest mistake of his life, leading his family down a terror-filled road with no end."
Dead End is filled with dark comedic moments and lots of hair raising tension as the family follows the road less taken! This one is available for purchase from Amazon.
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Rare Imports : A Christmas Tale "... it's Christmas Eve in northern Finland, and an archaeological dig has just unearthed Santa Claus. But this Santa isn't one you want coming to town. When local children begin disappearing, Pietari and his father capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa..."
This foreign flick is one to watch! A spectacular folksy film, that is darkly beautiful and superbly unexpected! A nice change from the usual holiday slashers we've grown used to! Rare Imports is a film that will keep you guessing tile the end, and is available streaming on Amazon!
The Horror Network Volume 1 is an anthology film with directors from across the world. I had the pleasure of getting to screen this film a while back, its a great film, but the short that puts it on this holiday list is called Merry Little Christmas. And let me tell you it is a terrifying trip into one families nightmarish history of Christmas horrors! This one had me gasping for air as i watched the sheer brutality and despair unfold in front of me.
I don't think this one has actually garnered a distribution deal but watch for it at film festivals in your area! If you get a chance to watch this one do NOT miss it! Its disturbingly good, and will make you look at your family get togethers' with a whole new appreciation!
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The Haunting Of Rebecca Verlaine is one I stumbled across recently and I am so happy I did! Its got some AWESOME gore effects neatly packed in between subtle acting and a much more twisting story line than you may at first think.
Rebecca is the sole survivor of a Christmas Eve mass murder that happened at the commune she lived at with her father. She has no recollection of the murderous past she endured and only finds out the truth after she begins having strange visions of the dead. In a search for the truth she travels back to the Verlaine estate, only to find that the dead are a vengeful breed.
The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine is available streaming on both Netflix and Amazon.
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Santa Claws is a must for lovers of low budget indie films, with scream queen Debbie Rochon. I didnt expect but am happy to say, that this one would be easy to find but thankfully those folks at Amazon continue to surprise! Although I cant find it streaming it is available for purchase.
"... a seasonal tale of terror, madness, eroticism and murder that will chill you to the bone. B-Movie Scream Queen Raven Quinn won't be having the happiest of holidays this year. Her marriage is falling apart, and Wayne - a quiet next-door neighbor - has developed a macabre obsession for her that has reached the point of insanity..."
This one found a nice home under my Christmas tree several years back and it is simply purely trashy indie holiday horror fun, if you love low budget indie this one should be seen!
Although not true horror no list would be complete without this classic sci fi throwback from the 60s'.
The title tells you everything you need to know going into to this one, and found a new popularity when featured on an episode of
Mystery Science Theater 3000. Its in the public domain category so this little gem is available on you tube and I also found it streaming on Hulu. So gather up the family and enjoy a walk down memory lane for the some and a brand new adventure for the younger generations, this one is definitely in the family friendly territory!
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Sint aka Saint Nick is another from overseas. Thias one was picked up by IFC for release and is another great example of Santa (Sinterklass) turned Slasher for all the not so good girls and boys!
"...gruesome slasher film, Saint reimagines jolly old Saint Nick as a bloodthirsty bishop fulfilling a grisly prophecy every 32 years under the Christmas full moon. The film's titular saint was in fact a murderous medieval marauder, ultimately slain by the villagers he tormented, only to swear a ghostly revenge on their descendants every December 5 the anniversary of his death. Centuries later, the story has settled comfortably into innocuous folklore, until a bloody encounter with the ghoul himself forces local teen Frank to believe in Santa all over again..."
Sint is available for purchase through Amazon or you can watch this one streaming courtesy of Netflix!
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Remake to the 70s' classic I think this is one of those remakes that shines as bright or maybe even a bit more so than its original, and no Holiday viewing list could be complete without or or both versions.
"An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one."
This one is available both streaming and for purchase on Amazon.
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Silent Night, Deadly Night another classic of the holiday horror genre a must mention for me as a lifelong fan of Linnea Quigley!
This one is a special twofer deal and includes part one and two, although the series itself continues far beyond that.
"Silent Night Deadly Night- After his parents are murdered a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2- Ricky the brother of the killer in the first film talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a brutal killer after his brother died leading back to Mother Superior."
This special pack is available at amazon for purchase but i am not familiar with and streaming options, possibly check hulu or google play.
I know I probably left some reader favorites off, so weigh in with what horror your watching this holiday season!
And in signing off I want to wish you all, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Festivus, etc... Whatever you celebrate may it be filled with friends and family making moments that make you smile for decades to come! CHEERS!