Director: Michael Dougherty
Main Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Krista Stadler, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, David Koechner
Storyline: A young boy wishes for things to be like old times for Christmas, Krampus grants his wish.
Review (Spoils): Young Max wants an old fashion Christmas and writes a note and it gets read out loud at the dysfunctional Christmas dinner. This prompts Krampus to appear that night and grant his wish. One by one the family Christmas gets ripped apart so that poor Max will be happy.
First off its spring why this film now? Well I have a young family I try my hardest to get this horror films in whenever I can. This film is like Gremlins meets Pumpkinhead with a nice touch of one liners and comedy. A nasty winter storm is background scenery of this film while we have hoofs, monster goblin elves, stabbing candy canes, creepy clowns, harpy angel dolls, killer teddy bears and the classic gingerbread men all on the hunt in the name of Krampus. Oh and of course the man himself in all his long tongue and massive horned glory. A nice chocking of Christmas lights and some interesting scenes as Krampus grabs the children one by one but do not expect a gore or blood drive in this one. the film had enough scenes that was action packed but was expecting a lot more of the horror.
Rating: This film was not as dark as I thought it was going to be. I was expecting more jumps and some red stuff but instead we had some character build, one liners, the beautiful Toni Collette and the best part of the film the killer gingerbread men. This could of used more blood….
Director: Adam Green
Main Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers
Storyline: Three skiers get stranded on a chairlift after they talked to the employer to let go for one more run after hours.
Review (Spoils): Three skiers Joe (Shawn Ashmore) his best friend Dan (Kevin Zegers) and his girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell) are trying to run a scam at the ski resort so that they can ski for cheaper. After having Parker works her charms they get a day of skiing for cheap, so cheap that they go for another run after the place closes. This leads to miscommunication to the shift change and they get trapped on the chairlift at night after hours. What to do to survive the bitter cold?
This film plays on a lot of character build which is kind of long but once they are trapped in the chair the real movie begins. We lots of gore, wolf attacks, frozen skin and lots of gooey skin gore, fun winter times! The film does just sort of end but it the film works mostly on in-tenseness and dealing with the situation of being trapped.
Rating: I had no idea about his movie at all and came across it and thought I would give it a shot. To be honest it was actually not bad after the character build and it kept me interested. Totally surprised by this film as it worked on the being intense sort of like Burning Bright, the acting was great and Adam Green did a great job.
6/10 Beers! (Frozen beers!)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr
Main Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson
Storyline: A young boy watches his parents being killed by a man in a Santa suit. After being bounced in an orphanage he becomes a young man and works in a hardware store. He gets asked to wear a Santa suit for the Christmas party and all hell breaks loose.
Review (Spoils): Billy (Robert Brian Wilson) is one confused kid after he watched his parents being robbed and slaughtered by Santa after he over took their car. After being controlled and punished by Mother Superior (Lilyan Chauvin) it really brought him over the edge. Sister Margaret (Gilmer McCormick ) felt his pain and tried to help him and gain a close connection to him. He turns 18 and works at a home hardware shop and gets a crush on a cute girl named Pamela (Toni Nero) and then gets talked into being Santa for the store and his mind finally snaps! Well hardware store means axes and that his weapon of choice. We have lots of swinging going on at the Christmas party and Santa is punishing everyone for being Naughty. This movie has a great background story and it works well. Robert Brian Wilson does a great job playing the innocent boy with some mental issues and he plays an even better Santa.
Rating: This is one of the best when it comes to holiday horror. This 80s slasher is one of the best when it comes to Christmas horror. Unfortunate the series takes a downfall after this one but as a standalone the film holds its own for holiday horror. So grab some beers, a axe and deck the halls with this one.
Black Christmas (1974)
Director: Bob Clark
Main Stars: Oliva Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, John Saxon
Storyline: A sorority house of women is being stalked by a man who makes frightening calls and then slowly one by one murders them over the Christmas break.
Review (Spoils): When a stranger calls and freaks people out this is the film that I think top it’s off. We have a house full of women who are leaving for the Christmas holidays except for few left behind we have geeky Phyl (Andrea Martin), the drunk party girl Barb (Margot Kidder)and the beautiful and lovely Jess (Oliva Hussey). The film has lots of obscene phone calls to the house (the strange boy sound is great and eerie), the classic bag over the head, axe swings and the terrifying attic. Oliva Hussey steals the film when it came to acting in this film as she plays the innocent Jess who is secretly pregnant and her boyfriend Peter (Keir Dullea )does not like the idea of giving it up. Margot Kidder also did an amazing job playing up her character that might have resembled her real self at one time. The killer is film is just awesome and you can feel the crazy in his actions and the scene with the door and the eye is just classic.
Rating: This to me is the best Christmas horror film of all time and outside of that it is a great slasher film. Too bad it did not get the credit it deserves. Oliva Hussey is an amazing actress and it was too bad she did not continue to become a more important scream queen in the horror industry. Skip the remake and drink to this one!
Jack Frost (1997)
Director: Michael Cooney
Main Stars: Scott Macdonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, Shannon Elizabeth
Storyline: A killer dies and comes back as a snowman (yes you heard me right)
Review (Spoils): Its winter time and nothing better than starting to do the winter horror films. Well let’s start with one of the worse ones.Yes we have a serial killer Jack Frost (Scott Macdonald) who was mutated in a car accident and goes to death row and comes back as a snowman to cause havoc and revenge to the sheriff that caught him. This movie has lots of one liners and it is suppose to be taken tongue in cheek type humour. Come on it’s a killer snowman and he even can kill in the shower and not melt!
Rating: I personally don’t get the film it was not horrible but it was pushing the line. Luckily Shannon Elizabeth is in the film so it kept me sort of entertained through this mess.Not sure how it got a sequel to boot and not sure how Michael Cooney got Shannon Elizabeth for the film but then again it was one of her first.