One thing that I never really understood was why Hollywood is so obsessed with making Christmas scary. Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas almost as much as I love horror movies. I love it when a movie throws two completely unrelated ideas together just to see what happens. I even support studios releasing horror movies in the “off-season” in order to appeal to the non-Four Christmases crowd.
What I don’t understand is why filmmakers continue to try to make Christmas, as a concept, frightening – because it’s not. Santa’s a jolly old fat man whose physique doesn’t lend itself to slaughter. Elves are, at best, unnerving and, at worst, a slightly more malevolent than Alvin and the Chipmunks. Don’t even get me started on snowmen.
Since I dove into the sci-fi side of the yuletide last week, I thought that I would do the same with Christmas’ colorful foray into the horrific. While I can’t possibly justify referring to many of these as the best of anything, they’re at least that special kind of entertaining where it’s obvious that the filmmakers didn’t quite think their movie through as thoroughly as they probably should have.
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