A Christmas Horror Story is a horror movie set during Christmas. This isn’t always a recipe for disaster: Satan’s Little Helper was pretty cool, and how about those Gremlins? But then there’s that one with Goldberg in (I forget the name). Christmas is a time ripe with atmosphere, which makes it ideal for a horror story if you can get it right. I think, for the most part, A Christmas Horror Story gets things right.
So, this is my first movie review for the new website. I have chosen this movie, mainly because I watched it a few days ago. When I work I often have a horror movie playing in the background as it puts me in the right frame of mind for creating my own terror. The problem is, if a movie is interesting, it can distract me. A Christmas Horror Story distracted me quite a bit.
It’s an anthology story, in the style of Creepshow and Tales From The Darkside, and the wraparound segments feature William Shatner, who is a lone DJ running the Christmas radio cast. I’m not a Shatner fan (apparently he’s an arse), so the bits with him in weren’t of particular interest to me. The parts that were entertaining, though, were the stories themselves, most notably the two threads containing Santa and Krampus (two separate stories, although they meet at the end). The stories are not self-contained, they run in parallel, so the conclusion of them happens all together at the end of the film. For this reason, the movie has a little more pay off than the likes of Creepshow, VHS, etc. And it is this payoff that made me want to recommend A Christmas Horror Story to y’all. The ending is a doozy.
Anyway, in a nutshell, the stories are:
- A family go see an elderly relative to get some money but run into Krampus along the way – Krampus is the anti-Santa who punishes the wicked. The monster in this story is pretty cool.
- A couple take their son to cut down a real Christmas tree. Their son disappears and comes back ‘different.
- Santa’s workshop is attacked by a zombie plague that infects his elfs. Santa is a badass!
- A group of students investigate a grizzly murder at a school and get more than they bargained for (don’t they always?).
The stories don’t really tie together all that much, but the movie is a fun watch with a worthy ending. It’s worth checking out, or owning if you are a horror DVD collector, so follow the links and grab your copy of The Christmas Horror Story.