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    To continue on with this thread, has anyone else been watching Christmas horror flicks this month? Over the years, I have always tried to take in at least a few of these in December.

    Probably like many of you, some of my favorites are BLACK CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS EVIL, the "All Through the House" segment with Joan Collins from TALES FROM THE CRYPT, and SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT. Some others I also enjoy are the Mexican SANTA CLAUS (borderline horror, I'll admit), SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT 5: THE TOY MAKER, the "Fright Before Christmas" segment from CAMPFIRE TALES, and recent stuff like SANTA'S SLAY, TREEVENGE (a clever short from Jason Eisener) and P2.

    Last year I went especially crazy with seeking out things I had never seen before. I was spurred on by a number of new releases on DVD in December 2018, such as ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, ELVES (a pathetic ripoff of Blumhouse's TRUTH OR DARE), and CHRISTMAS BLOOD (another Norwegian Santa slasher, but not quite as brutal - from what I've read - as CHRISTMAS CRUELTY). In addition, I ordered many that had been released previous years in the same month, such as BETTER WATCH OUT, SAINT NICK, SECRET SANTA (2015), and ONCE UPON A TIME AT CHRISTMAS. Plus I was able to view numerous other really obscure things (thanks, YouTube), including finally getting to see TALES OF THE THIRD DIMENSION.

    A few titles I have viewed within the last year or two that I really enjoyed and will probably add to my semi-rotation (along with the aforementioned classics) are SECRET SANTA (2018 version from Adam Marcus), POOKA (from the Hulu series Into the Dark) and RED CHRISTMAS. I also admire THE 12 DEATHS OF CHRISTMAS, a British flick that is available in the US as, bizarrely, MOTHER KRAMPUS. The twist in it somewhat reminded me of the Thai movie COMING SOON. The killings were pretty creative. The only negative for me (and it would probably be pretty big for most folks) is the cheesy makeup for the "witch." (Fun fact: There's a region 1 DVD of an unrelated and awful non-sequel called MOTHER KRAMPUS 2, which is also available on region 2...as just MOTHER KRAMPUS!)

    This year, I haven't noticed any new DVD releases tailored to this season, but I have been streaming quite a bit. So far I've watched A NASTY PIECE OF WORK (the latest offering in the Into the Dark series), LA NUIT DU REVEILLON (a French crime thriller Amazon Prime Video has listed as SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT for some reason), SICK FOR TOYS, MERCY CHRISTMAS (seems to be a remake of the 1988 film LUCKY STIFF), HOLIDAY HELL, and DEEP IN THE WOOD (decent Italian mystery whose only connection to the holiday is it opens at a Krampus festival). The weirdest listing I saw on Amazon Prime Video was for something called HAUNTED CHRISTMAS, which has nothing to do whatsoever with the holiday. (Someone posting on their website identifies it as episode 2 of OKINAWA HORROR STORIES.) The capsule description for it sounds more applicable to Kazuo Umezo's HORROR THEATER, which contains the Christmas-themed episode "The Present." Anyway, I'll post any others I view in the next couple of weeks.

    I didn't list all the titles I have watched over the years. If both horror movies and episodes of TV shows (like "Seasons of Belief" and "Glim-Glim" from TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE or "The Thirteenth Day of Christmas" from TIME FOR MURDER) are counted, the total number approaches 100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorne Marshall View Post
    "Glim-Glim" from TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE
    Good call, but it was actually an episode from "Monsters". Such a sad ending.
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    Another one that's worth hunting down is the 1972 made for television movie HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. A proto-slasher that's surprisingly tense and creepy. Hell of a cast too - Walter Brennan, Eleanor Parker. Sally Field, and Julie Harris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt H. View Post
    Good call, but it was actually an episode from "Monsters". Such a sad ending.
    You're right, Matt, thanks for the correction. What's interesting is that the little girl in both that and "Seasons of Belief" is played by the same actress (who, less importantly, was a recurring character on the TV show BLOSSOM).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    Another one that's worth hunting down is the 1972 made for television movie HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. A proto-slasher that's surprisingly tense and creepy. Hell of a cast too - Walter Brennan, Eleanor Parker. Sally Field, and Julie Harris.
    I agree, Andrew. And it's available in one of those Echo Bridge collections from a few years ago:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    The original Black Christmas and Silent Night, Bloody Night puts me in the spirit of things.
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    It’s not horror, per se, but I Beliebe In Santa Claus is the most fucked-up Christmas movie I have EVER seen. There’s a Rifftrax version on Tubi and Prime, so watch it and scratch your head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    Another one that's worth hunting down is the 1972 made for television movie HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. A proto-slasher that's surprisingly tense and creepy. Hell of a cast too - Walter Brennan, Eleanor Parker. Sally Field, and Julie Harris.
    What sucks is the only DVD release is a VHS rip on one of those Echo Bridge 20 films for 5 bucks packs. But yea that is a great TV movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt Cox View Post
    What sucks is the only DVD release is a VHS rip on one of those Echo Bridge 20 films for 5 bucks packs. But yea that is a great TV movie.
    My copy is a dvd-r that I made from the Vidmark VHS. Probable looks a little better than that Echo Bridge one.
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