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Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

In the spirit of Christmas and all that is good, I  wanted to celebrate some seasonal slashers with our followers. I will also be listing my personal top ten Christmas themed horror films of the last fifteen years.
Whilst researching the various slashers created for the festive season, I compiled a list of the popular and even lesser known holiday horror films. I also tried to investigate other holiday themed films for the December festivities, but alas nothing yet has been created for Kwanza and the first Hanukkah film will be released in 2020. It shall be titled Hanukkah and stars the late Sid Haig and horror alumni PJ Soles. The link for the trailer is listed below:

Originally the most thrilling tale told at Christmas was Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, which follows Christmas Eve of one man Ebeneezer Scrooge and his visitations by three ghosts trying to convince him to be a better person. It has been adapted into countless films, since 1901.
Horror took over in the 1970’s and the inception of the holiday slasher took shape with filmmakers  beginning to create freakish festive feature films.

Here is a list of Holiday Horror to keep any genre fan happy during their Christmas Celebrations ………

Silent Night Bloody Night (1972- which got a UK remake in 2013 called Silent Night, Bloody Night:The Homecoming)

Black Christmas (1974- remade in 2006 and again in 2019)

Christmas Evil (1980)

Gremlins and Don’t Open Til Xmas (1984)

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, plus part 2 in 1987, part 3: Better Watch Out in 1989, part 4: initiation in 1990, and part 5: The Toymaker in 1991. There was also A film released called Silent Night in 2012, that is considered part 6)

Elves (1989)

Santa Claws (1996)

Jack Frost (1997- plus a sequel Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman in 2000)

The Christmas Season Massacre (2001)

Dead End (2003)

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)

Christmas Horror Story , and Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

Krampus: Unleashed (2016)

Better Watch Out, and Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Now I know many will say I’ve skipped some of those favourite new wave holiday slasher films, but I assure you I haven’t . For the last fifteen years Christmas Craziness has been much sought after and I’ve compiled a list of the ten most interesting Seasonal Slashers from 2004 to 2019. This list includes independent films, mainstream releases, foreign horror, Gory fun and comedic gems.

INSIDE (2007) aka A L’Interieur
This French horror film centres on the lives of two women at Christmas. Following a tragic accident, they have been unknowingly thrust into each other’s lives as one takes it upon herself to try and steal the Unborn  baby of the other. This is not for the squeamish and it gets quite balls to the wall in parts. I advise watching the original film and not the 2016 remake. It lacks much of the pacing and fear of the plot.

Inside (2007)

KRAMPUS (2015)  
Starring Australian actress Toni Collette (Hereditary, The Sixth Sense), this entry came out around the same time as other Krampus themed films. What differs this from the rest, is it’s ability to be both fun and frightening. It may not be shit your pants, nightmare inducing but it’s an enjoyable watch with a good solid cast.
Krampus (2015)

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010) 
What makes this seasonal horror from Finland, a priority to watch during the holidays is it’s uniqueness. It is set in Lapland and focuses on some British drillers who stumble across Joulupukki (a figure within Finnish folklore, who evolved in the modern era into Santa Claus). It’s a great little film and features some interesting plot developments.
Rare Exports :A Christmas Tale (2010)

SINT (2010) aka Saint
This entry from the Netherlands is hugely popular with the Dutch and saw an international release, gaining moderate notoriety in Australia. It is a completely psychotic twist on the legend of Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) and features him as a murderous maniac. It’s fantastic!

Sint (2010)

CANNIBAL CLAUS (2016) 
This is the first, of two, popular indie horror releases from the USA on this list. From filmmaker Sean Donohue, comes his sexually gratuitous and fun creation, with plenty for the fans of Sleaze Box films during Christmastime. It is jam packed with a who’s who of indie celebrities including Bob Glazier, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Paula Tsurara, Cayt Feinics, Amanda Welch, Kristal Pixie Adams, Lisa Marie Kart, and Eric Danger Dione.

Cannibal Claws (2016)

RED CHRISTMAS (2015) 
This film hails from the land downunder (Australia) and always makes me wonder how Dee Wallace Stone got cast in it. It centres on the pro life debate and focuses on an abortion many years before, basically coming back to haunt the mother. This is done as Cletus, the now adult child who has severe deformities. Of course nothing goes to plan and Cletus becomes a murderous maniac, taking out the family one by one at Christmas. Who will survive?
Red Christmas (2015)

CHRISTMAS CRUELTY! (2013) aka O’Hellige Jul! or O’Holy Christmas!
This Norwegian Christmas horror film has been likened to the old school Grindhouse films, in terms of gore, for its no holding back style of violence. The story revolves around three Christmas celebrators being hunted by a serial killer dressed as Santa Claus. One review states “two hours of holly jolly torture porn”, which is what all hardcore genre fans want.

THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005)  
If you want psychotic deranged killer cookies, then look no further! This is the perfect film for you. The Gingerdead Man features a cookie made using a drop of blood, that comes to life and begins murdering people. Sounds crazy!?! Well yeah it is, but it’s actually very entertaining. He’s an ugly little guy, but he’s fun to watch. Featuring Gary Busey perfectly as the voice of the crazed cookie, this film spawned two sequels including  The Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust in 2008 and The Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver in 2011.

The Gingerdead Man(2005)

ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (2015)  
Our second indie horror entry from the USA, comes from filmmaker Todd Nunes. The story centres on a five year old girl who goes missing and adults creating a horrid urban legend about the girls mother Mrs Garrett. Fast forward fifteen years and we come to the present day. Rachel has returned home for the holidays and a killer dressed as Santa is murdering once again. Who is the killer? And does this all tie into Jamie Garrett’s disappearance all those years ago? This film is a fun watch and features Ashley Mary Nunes and Jessica Cameron .

All Through the House (2015)

SANTA’S SLAY (2005) 
The last entry on our list of ten seasonal horror faves of the last fifteen years is Santa’s Slay. Utilising the beefiness of WWE star Goldberg, this film focuses on a crazed strongman version of Santa , riding his sleigh led by his Hell Deer as he kills people. Let’s just say this made the list because of its pure hilarity. It’s awesome, and my guilty pleasure during the holidays. I’m sure I’m not alone in enjoying it for a good laugh.
Santa’s Slay (2005)

I hope these films help you find your perfect horror viewing during the holiday season and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and May everyone enjoy the Holiday season with horror in their hearts ♥️

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twenty-One – 10/21/18

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Vying for the title of “The Perfect Halloween movie,” the ascent of TRICK ‘R’ TREAT to top the lists of many horror fans, as their new favorite anthology ever (which Yours Cruelly completely agrees with) is yet another tale of one of those “Little Films That Could…And Did!”

Writer/director MICHAEL DOUGHERTY had one hell of an ally helping him get his movie made: his former boss, BRYAN SINGER, who agreed to produce it through his company, Bad Hat Harry Films. When Warner’s had no idea how to market it, they dumped it into theaters and then onto DVD, thinking it would sink without a trace. They were gravely mistaken. Word-of-mouth is a powerful form of communication among movie fans, and that’s how the scoop on TRICK ‘R’ TREAT went out. Soon the DVD began to develop a loyal following, which is how a sequel finally came to be greenlighted.

But enough backstory. The reason why anyone is talking about this great little gem of a holiday shocker is the story, and the wonderfully dark way in which it’s told.  It’s an anthology piece, but unlike most anthologies that have stand-alone stories all linked together by a single theme, like HOLIDAYS, for example, this one hearkens back more to a classic story collection like DEAD OF NIGHT, ASYLUM or TALES FROM THE CRYPT, typically in which a group of people are all held in a place where their stories unfold, one-by-one, and they all get terrifyingly closer to knowing why they’re there, and what their fates will be.

A young couple, Henry and Emma (TAHMOH PENIKETT and LESLIE BIBB) are returning from a party, in costume. While he enjoys everything about All Hallows’ Eve, she’s more of a Halloween “Grinch.” (In a story where such “Grinches” never fare well, as you’ll soon see).  As they return home, neither one of them knows that they’re being watched.  Or who is watching them…

In spite of his warnings to the contrary, Emma snuffs out the lit Jack O’Lantern in their yard before midnight…something you aren’t supposed to do. Henry, who’s already gone into the house, doesn’t realize that his girlfriend is about to pay the ultimate price for her holiday transgression. But when he comes back out, he discovers that she definitely has…in the most gruesome way possible.  And this is just the opening sequence!

Zombie ghosts, vampires, werewolves,  serial killers and “Sam” (QUINN LORD) – the cutest-yet-most-terrifying demonic presence ever to grace a movie screen all await you, in interlocking stories that follow the townsfolk as they celebrate Halloween…each in his or her own way. And the ‘monsters’ and these people, as well as the horrific secrets they have in common, are all revealed in a manner unlike many anthologies had attempted to carry through on, but the ones that followed TREAT got a clue from Dougherty’s deft storytelling skills pretty quickly, (example: the brilliantly hellish anthology, SOUTHBOUND.)  Murder, betrayal, revenge, retribution…all neatly tied up in a bag not unlike the one that little “Sam” has been known to carry…with blood dripping from the bottom!

The storytelling alone would be good enough for it to warrant the growing following it’s gotten since its release to DVD, but the cast being augmented by the talents of ANNA PAQUIN (before TRUE BLOOD), DYLAN BAKER and BRIAN COX certainly doesn’t hurt, (though the fates some characters suffer most certainly do!)

You could always do worse than this for a night of treat-laden terror! And fans have long been stoked about the news about that sequel, due out very soon!

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: Springing out to yell “BOO!” in 2007: GRINDHOUSE, REC, THE ORPHANAGE, INSIDE, 28 WEEKS LATER, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, THE MIST, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and Stephen King’s 1408!

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COMING SOON: An Inside Remake (2016)

COMING SOON: An Inside Remake (2016)

By Dixielord

Inside remake

Inside remake

The Hollywood foreign to American, remake machine is in full swing. Now coming not long after word that the American remake of Martyrs will soon hit the screen, it appears a remake of Inside is going forward. Inside, along with Martyrs, and others, was part of a wave of extreme gore French horror films. Now Inside (2007) is up to get the typical watered down Hollywood remake formula.

The Martyrs remake went through a lot of changes, from early reports that it would star Kristen Stewart, to the project being shelved, before finally the powers that be decided to throw out a cheap quickie of a film so as not to lose the rights. The Inside remake at least looks like they are taking the time to hire a decent writer and director.

As of now the project, a Spanish produced, English language production is set to be directed by Miguel Angel Vivas, best known for the well received Spanish language film Kidnapped. The script in play now was written by Jaume Balaguero, director of the excellent Spanish horror film Rec, and Manu Diez, who co-wrote Rec 2 and Rec 4: Apocalypse. So the project, at least for now, has some decent talent attached.

Jaume Belaguero and Manuela Velasco

Manuela Velasco, star of Rec, and Jaume Balaguero of Rec and the Inside remake

Haven't writers and directors who have been successful in the horror genre, although Kidnapped was more thriller than horror, does bode well for the Inside remake. But the thriller part concerns me a bit. The producers have said that the Inside remake would be a taut thriller focusing on a battle between two would be mothers.. OK, there is a thin line between horror and thriller but the original pole vaulted that line and landed in the territory of straight up gore and horror. Making this film a thriller, appears to be an attempt to tone it down. And there is no reason to tone it down, except producers don't think American audiences will crowd into a gorefest.

Inside remake

The Inside Remake based on the 2007 Gorefest Inside

Still if it looks to be a decent film, I will watch it. Even though it's unnecessary. It's still a long time till the Inside remake hits the screen. It's scheduled to start filming in February 2016, and even that is subject to change. As of now there is no cast attached and only one publicity photo. It doesn't even appear to have an IMDb page yet. Whatever eventually happens with the Inside remake, the trend isn't going to stop. Remakes, re-imaginings, reboots, or whatever you prefer to call them are here to stay. All we can do is hope they do justice to the originals that we love.

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