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12 Days of Christmas Horror: Day 3 – Christmas Evil (1980)

Christmas Evil, 1980.

Directed by Lewis Jackson.

Starring Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull and Andy Fenwick.


After being mentally scarred by the realisation that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, toy factory worker Harry strives to take on the role of St Nicholas himself keeping an eye on the local neighbourhood children and noting who is naughty and nice. After having had enough of his co-workers’ belittlement and exploitation of him, Harry suffers a mental breakdown and eventually coming to believe that he really is Santa Claus, he embarks on a campaign of gift giving for the nice and brutal punishment for the naughty.

After the excellent gift of Black Christmas in yesterday’s review, we now move into the 1980s for our first “killer Santa” film of this series. However, those expecting a gory festive slasher will be in for a surprise, for Christmas Evil (sometimes titled You Better Watch Out
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DVD Review: Christmas Evil (Arrow Video)

Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out)

Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick, Brian Neville, Joe Jamrog, Wally Moran, Gus Salud, Peter Neuman, Lance Holcomb, Elizabeth Ridge | Written and Directed by Lewis Jackson

When little Harry sees his Dad in a Santa Claus outfit, groping his mother one Christmas Eve, life changes for the quiet little boy. Thirty odd years later, now all grown up and disgruntled by his dead end job in a depressing toy factory – he’s making a list, checking it twice and descending into a self-created Christmas nightmare where he is Father Christmas and his judgement is final! Dressed as St. Nick, Harry is going to show his bullying co-workers and all the other naughty people what the true spirit of the season is.

Lensed in 1980 and described by cult director John Waters as “greatest Christmas movie ever made,” Christmas Evil is one
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