|release date||October 31 1980|
|starring||Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick, Brian Neville|
|tagline||You'd better take care...Santa is coming to town!|
SynopsisWidely recognized as the best of the Christmas horror efforts, Christmas Evil is the story of a boy who loves Christmas. He is scarred as a boy when he learns that Santa is not real. Throughout the rest of his life, the toy-maker tries to make the Christmas spirit a reality. He becomes obsessed with the behavior of children and the quality of the toys he makes. When he is met with hypocrisy and cynicism, the resulting snap causes him to go on a yuletide killing spree to complete this dark comedic horror.
Director Lewis Jackson never intended to make a film called CHRISTMAS EVIL, his film is called YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, and it’s a helluva lot more accurate description of this anti-silent night. Synapse Films newly minted Special Edition keeps the creepy cover art and the more marketable moniker but cedes ground by leaving Jackson’s original title on for the opening credits. The reason I mention this, is that, CHRISTMAS EVIL instantly conjures up every manner of Santa slasher film that has perpetrated the screen since Bob Clark’s BLACK CHRISTMAS sensationally fucked the holiday up for everyone. But, if you take the film’s original title to heart, you’ve got to expect something much more diabolical and psychological and that’s what Jackson delivers with this production. …Read More