I’m watching the news this morning before heading off to work and they’re talking about the top-10 holiday (dare I say, Christmas?) movies of the season. Of course there was A Miracle on 34th Street , Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol (strangely enough someone made the mistake of writing Miracle OF 34th Street – was it a typo or had the graphics editor not seen the movie, made me wonder)….but then, listed at number 6 was something unexpected – a movie I hadn’t seen – Black Christmas. A horror flick! The anchor said something like, “Black Christmas, isn’t that a horror film?” It seemed to throw him off a little. I thought it was interesting that such a movie actually made it into their top 10 Christmas films. I haven’t seen it yet but it got me to thinking about other frightening holiday films to put you in that Christmas spirit. Here’s a few along with brief descriptions:
Black Christmas (1974)- A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Gremilins (1984)- A boy inadvertantly breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. A classic – special effects are a little dated, but who could hate Gizmo?
Silent Night Deadly Night (1986)- On Christmas Eve a man and his wife are driving home with their two young children in the car after visiting family. A man dressed as Santa is pulled over on the side of the road who they stop to help. The man dressed as Santa kills the parents and leaves the kids there. When on of the two grows up and leaves the orphanage he gets a job at a toy store, when he is asked to dress up as Santa, he loses it and goes on a killing spree. I saw this when I was in 7th grade and it was scary then. It probably sucks now.
Silent Night Deadly Night 2 (1987)- Mainly flashbacks from the first installment as told by Ricky the younger son who is in a mental institution being interviewed by a shrink on Christmas Eve. Let’s just say he escapes and picks up where his brother left off.
Silent Night Deadly Night 3, 4, 5 – Haven’t seen 3, 4, or 5 but the story changes quite a bit after 2.
Jack Frost (1996) – Haven’t seen it – probably won’t. A killer snowman is created when a serial killer is melted by genetic acid which combines with snow.
Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Snowman (2000)- He is back! After being resurrected when a cup of coffee falls into the tank of anti-freeze that the killer was stored in. I’m not watching the first one but this one sounds kick ass.
Santa Claws (1996) – Haven’t seen this one either. A young man finds his divorced mother having sex with a man in a Santa Clause hat and shoots them both dead. I think there’s also a Santa Claws 2. The box cover looks more like porn – this one goes to the top of my list.