Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Blot of Mustard, A Crumb of Cheese and Some Christmas Movie Reviews

The Christmas horror movie seems like an oxymoron or some crazy cinematic cognitive dissonance; it doesn’t make sense.  Flipping that paradigm can be seen as mean-spirited, but it can also be the perfect remedy to balance out a season of overly-sentimental favorites including Miracle on 34th Street (1947), It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) and Love Actually (2003).
It’s interesting to note that the traditional Christmas movie, based on some variation of Ebenezer Scrooge and A Christmas Carol, is technically a ghost story.  Santa is also, technically, an immortal, supernatural creature.  There’s always a supernatural element to show the protagonist what life would be like if he hadn’t been born, or what his future holds if he continues on his path.  From that perspective some of these movies presented here, in particular Black Christmas and Christmas Evil are more realistic, in the sense that they feature human killers inspired by the season to act out their various psychological traumas.  Usually with an axe, but in a Santa suit.  It’s convenient that it’s a red suit; that might be part of the appeal.

Back When Land Lines Were Scary, or Thoughts on Black Christmas 
Death By Sharpened Candy Cane, or Thoughts on the Black Christmas Remake 
A Literal Nightmare Before Christmas, or Thoughts on Christmas Evil 
A Vintage Tim Burton Daydream Before Christmas, or Thoughts on Edward Scissorhands 
The Instructions Were Quite Specific, or Thoughts on Gremlins 
Baby It’s Cold Outside, or Thoughts onP2 
The Weather Outside is Frightful, or Thoughts on Silent Night, Bloody Night 
When Santas Attack, or Thoughts on Silent Night, Deadly Night 
Have Yourself a Very Undead Christmas, or Thoughts on Silent Night, Zombie Night 

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