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Movie Review – Once Upon a Time at Christmas (2017)

Once Upon a Time at Christmas, 2017.

Directed by Paul Tanter.

Starring Simon Phillips, Sayla de Goede, Laurel Brady, Barry Kennedy, Jeff Ellenberger, Brook Fletcher, and Susannah Mackay.


A small town is plagued by serial killers dressed as Santa and Mrs Claus, who appear to be escalating their murderous rampage every day.

Sometimes a horror movie twist is entirely hidden until the reveal. Occasionally, suggestions and hints are littered throughout the movie so that a discerning viewer might be able to pull the pieces together. Every now and then, though, along comes a film with a plot turn so obvious that the entire audience is way ahead of the characters. Once Upon a Time at Christmas builds towards a plot twist that’s about as subtle as… well, Christmas.

The film immediately introduces its audience to a pair of killers, dressed as Father Christmas (Simon Phillips) and Mrs Claus (Sayla de Goede
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‘Better Watch Out’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery, Aleks Mikic, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen | Written by Chris Peckover, Zack Kahn | Directed by Chris Peckover

Previously known as Safe Neighbourhood, this Australian Christmas horror falls firmly in the tradition of other festive frighteners such as Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) or Black Christmas (1974). However, it comes with something of a secret weapon, in the form of a sharply-executed central twist, that allows for a subversive take on the genre and a disturbing look at toxic masculinity.

Set in Smalltown, USA, Better Watch Out stars Levi Miller (Pan) as 12 year-old Luke, whose affluent parents (Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton, both under-used) head out to a Christmas party, leaving him in the care of their regular baby-sitter, 17 year-old Ashley (The Visit’s Oliva DeJonge). However, unbeknownst to Ashley, Luke has become quietly obsessed with her and is planning to make his move,
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Average fans of A Christmas Story likely don’t know that director Bob Clark had once made creepy horror pictures with Alan Ormsby, but this independent shock effort of the early ’70s still casts a spell of dread. Although Vietnam is never mentioned, the war’s shadow strikes deep into the heart of a small-town family. John Marley and Lynn Carlin lead a fine cast.


Blu-ray + DVD

Blue Underground

1974 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 88 min. / Dead of Night, The

Night Andy Came Home, Night Walk, The Veteran, Whispers / Street Date November 28, 2017 /

Starring: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe,

Anya Ormsby, Jane Daly, Michael Mazes.

Cinematography: Jack McGowan

Film Editor: Ronald Sinclair

Original Music: Carl Zittrer

Written by Alan Ormsby

Produced by Bob Clark, Peter James, John Trent

Directed by Bob Clark

This gem comes back every ten years in an improved transfer. Bob Clark and Alan Ormsby’s Canadian-financed
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Original ‘Black Christmas’ Getting First Ever UK Blu-ray Release

Original ‘Black Christmas’ Getting First Ever UK Blu-ray Release
Before he made A Christmas Story, the late Bob Clark directed Black Christmas. Here in the states, early slasher film Black Christmas got the Collector’s Edition treatment from Scream Factory last holiday season, but the 1974 film has to date still not been released on Blu-ray over in the United Kingdom. That changes, however, this year. […]
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Kill of the Week: Double Penetration in ‘Bay of Blood’

Kill of the Week: Double Penetration in ‘Bay of Blood’
Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week. Masterpieces like Halloween and Friday the 13th may have popularized the slasher sub-genre, but the origin tale of the body count film dates back many years prior. Bob Clark’s Black Christmas directly paved the way for Halloween, […]
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Blood test: match the red stuff to the film – quiz

As Iggy Pop stars in the violent thriller Blood Orange this week, test your knowledge about how many bloody scenes you recognise for past films


Resident Evil

Let Me In


The Talented Mr Ripley

Basic Instinct

American Psycho

Presumed Innocent

28 Days Later

Dawn of the Dead

The Thing

The Ruins

Friday the 13th

Body Double

Dressed to Kill

Black Christmas

Falling Down



The Stepfather

Cabin in the Woods

30 Days of Night

Kill Bill: Volume One

Hot Fuzz

Pacific Heights

Cape Fear

Single White Female

Consenting Adults

Death Proof

Gone Girl

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Let the Right One In



An American Werewolf in London


It Follows

The Blue Lagoon

Deep Blue Sea


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That was a bit bloody tough for you

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Cult Movie Legend David DeCoteau’s Bloody Blacksmith Wraps in Canada

B movie maven wraps yet another wild exploitation flick. Our pal, insanely prolific cult, horror and exploitation movie overlord David DeCoteau just let us know that he has just wrapped his latest low budget romp, Bloody Blacksmith, a gory adult fairy tale starring Nightwing and Black Christmas actor Nick Mancuso. Here’s the synopsis: …

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Round-Up: Pieces Fright Rags Shirt, Fallout 4 Add-Ons, Horror Movie A Day: The Book, Road Games Trailer, Fox Trap, Still Indiegogo

Inspired by the 1982 slasher directed by Juan Piquer Simón, the Pieces shirts from Fright Rags are back and available to order now. Also: details on the new add-ons for Fallout 4, release info for Horror Movie A Day: The Book, a Road Games trailer, new Fox Trap images, and Indiegogo details for Still.

Fright Rags' Pieces Shirt: From Fright Rags: “Pieces is Back! Official Pieces shirts are In-stock and Ready To Ship! Only at

Available in Guys (S-5X), Girls (S-2X) and Hoodies (S-3X). Art by Justin Osbourn.

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Fallout 4 Add-Ons: Press Release: "Since Fallout 4 launched, we’ve been blown away by your support for the game. It stands as our most successful title ever and that couldn’t have happened without you. It’s been truly inspiring, the stories, images, and experiences that you’ve created. And
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Blu-ray Review: Blood Rage (Arrow Video)

I’ve somewhat seen Blood Rage prior to my Arrow Blu-ray viewing. I attended the 2014 Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horror-thon, which is 24 straight hours in a theater viewing horror and sleaze displayed in gorgeous 35mm. However, it was so late into the night, and so hot in the theater that I was watching it from the hallway, where it was a little cooler. I don’t have any experience with this movie before then, and I felt like such shit at that point, that I didn’t even really see it then. That’s unfortunate, because this is one wild-ass slasher movie. It takes place on Thanksgiving, and is just barely holiday-themed enough for it to work its way into the yearly rotation, but it’s not a Black Christmas or Silent Night, Deadly Night, or anything that takes the holiday approach and hammers it over your head. It’s sleazy,
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200 Greatest Horror Films (140-131)

Special Mention: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Directed by Dario Argento

Screenplay by Dario Argento

1970, Italy

Genre: Giallo

One of the most self-assured directorial debuts of the 70’s was Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Not only was it a breakthrough film for the master of Giallo, but it was also a box office hit and had critics buzzing, regardless if they liked it or not. Although Argento would go on to perfect his craft in later films, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage went a long way in popularizing the Giallo genre and laid the groundwork for later classics like Deep Red. A difficult film to discuss without spoiling many of its most impressive and famous scenes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, albeit with many twists, turns and one of the best surprise endings of all time. But
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200 Greatest Horror Films (150-141)

Special Mention: Death Proof

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

USA, 2007

Genre: Slasher

The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, Roadgames, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and even Spielberg’s Duel – but Death Proof is influenced by more than just vehicular horror. Tarantino’s homage to the road-fury genre is really two movies in one, offering two versions of the same story about two separate groups of beautiful women who are stalked by a homicidal maniac who uses his car (his weapon of choice) to terrorize and eventually kill his victims. Death Proof can easily be viewed as two slasher films, with the second half acting as a sequel, offering new, beautiful victims for the murderous Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) to terrorize. It’s a grim stalk-and-slash picture with a blaring commentary of female empowerment. Replace the typical sharp edged blade with a car, and
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The Remake: 2006’s Black Christmas

This May brings a remake of early 80s all-timer, Poltergeist, the latest in a long (long) line of cinematic reboots, retreads and more. By now, the ubiquity of reimaginings has rendered their existence less of a transgression than ever, with Poltergeist barely getting anyone up in arms. At the same time, the concept of remakes is…

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A Brew To A Kill: Friday The 13th and Cabin A Sauvignon

Growing up as far as I was concerned, there were two kinds of kids, Nightmare Kids and Friday Kids. It all seemed to hinge on what you happened to see first. For me it was a Friday the 13th marathon on USA’s Up All Night. I would never be the same.

In the summer of 1980 a group of counselors are trying to reopen Camp Crystal Lake. Camp Cook, Annie, is hitchhiking her way to the camp when she has her throat slit. The other counselors, including a studly Kevin Bacon, are being picked off one by one. The killer doesn’t make their presence known until only Alice (Adrienne King) is left.

It’s amazing to think the hockey mask that launched a thousand ships has such humble beginnings. Director Sean Cunningham saw Halloween and wanted to make one just like it. But then again so did everyone else.
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A Definitive Look at the Best and Worst Christmas Films Released Since 2000

A Definitive Look at the Best and Worst Christmas Films Released Since 2000
Since the turn of the new millennium, the world has been given the gift of some truly remarkable films. Unfortunately, this hasn't necessarily extend into the realm of holiday movies. Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - they all came out before the year 2000, and only a handful of classics have been released that could rival their status as seasonal staples.

Video: 7 Murderous Holiday Horror Flicks to Enjoy This Christmas

We're looking back at the past 14 years to see which movies are worth a watch and which should be avoided at all costs. To remain objective, these rankings are based on a average of the films' Rotten Tomatoes score, their IMDb rating and their Metacritic scores. So this list of the five best and five worst Christmas movies is truly definitive.


5. Arthur Christmas (2011): This film from Aardman Animations explores Santa's high-tech operations underneath the North Pole, and follows
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[Yuletide Terrors] Day 20: Black Christmas

Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.

Finals are over and the sorority house is starting to clear out. After a party one of the new pledges, Clare (Lynne Griffin), goes missing. And Jess (Olivia Hussey) reveals to her boyfreind, Peter (Keir Dullea), that she’s pregnant. He’s delighted but Jess has no plans to carry the baby to term. When Clare’s father (James Edmond) shows up the next morning they contact the police, who aren’t too concerned. And with all that going on there
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7 Murderous Holiday Horror Flicks to Enjoy This Christmas

A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, these are all holiday classics that have been enjoyed for generations. But isn't it time for a change?

Instead of watching the usual seasonal fare, why not deck the halls with a little less holly and a bit more gore? Here are seven of the craziest, most murderous holiday flicks to watch this Christmas! Just a heads up: You probably shouldn't watch these with your kids.

Video: Holiday Movies the Stars Just Can't Get Enough Of

Jack Frost (1997) - In this ridiculous campy cult classic, which takes place in the town of Snowmonton, serial killer Jack Frost is being transported to his execution when the police van crashes into a "genetic research" truck full of… genetics? It's not really clear. However, they mysterious substance kills Jack and causes his body to fuse with the snow. Soon, he comes back to life as a vengeful
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10 Songs For The Horror Fan Im Dreaming of a Darker Christmas

Im Dreaming of a Darker Christmas Ten SongsCovers You Probably Wont Hear on Your Local Station Christmas. While some people might think Horror Freaks would be diametrically opposed to the holiday it and its season have given us some genre classics like Black Christmas Silent Night Deadly Night Rare Exports A Christmas Tale and And All Through the House from both the Tales from the Crypt TV show and movie. A Christmas Carol in all its various forms and incarnations is built upon a leadup to a dark deathrelated climax. And of course all of us have a soft spot for at least one more traditional classic whether it be Rudolph Frosty The Grinch A Christmas Story National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or my
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White Christmas Screens Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

“I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow!”

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at The Hi-pointe Theater here in St. Louis. It”S A Wonderful Life played last weekend to a nearly-sold out crowd – and that’s a big theater!

This Saturday, December 20th at 10:30am, head over to the Hi-Pointe for a White Christmas

White Christmas was made in 1954 (exactly 20 years before Black Christmas!) and was directed by Michael Curtiz. Bing Crosby teamed up with madcap funny man Danny Kaye and partnering with those two show biz pros as sisters were Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. One of the most popular films of 1954, White Christmas opens and closes with the title song, while in between it’s filled with one great musical number after another. Crosby and Kaye play entertainers who went through W.W.II together and decide to host a fundraising
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Counting down the 10 darkest holiday movies, in honor of 'The Santa Clause'

Counting down the 10 darkest holiday movies, in honor of 'The Santa Clause'
The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can't forget the franchise's dark origins. Tim Allen's Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a "seeing is believing" message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus. The Santa Clause isn't the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there's a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak,
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40 Great Horror Films for the Halloween Season Part 4: 10-1

Movies 10-1

10. Videodrome (1983) directed by David Cronenberg

In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron
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