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Christmas Evil (1980)
"You Better Watch Out" (original title)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  November 1980 (USA)
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A psycho in a Santa suit gets to decide who's been naughty and who's been nice.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Maggart ...
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Philip Stadling
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Jackie Stadling
Andy Fenwick ...
Dennis Stadling
Brian Neville ...
Marc Stadling
Joe Jamrog ...
Frank Stoller
Wally Moran ...
Young Philip Stadling
Gus Salud ...
Ellen McElduff ...
Harry's mother
Brian Hartigan ...
Harry's father
Peter Neuman ...
Moss Garcia
Lance Holcomb ...
Scotty Goodrich
Elizabeth Ridge ...
Susie Lovett
Chris Browning ...
Richie Sharp
Tyrone Holmes ...
Frankie
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Widely 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. Written by Jason Duvall <jasduv@edge.net>

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You'd better take care...Santa is coming to town! See more »

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Trivia

Kathleen Turner was turned down for the role as Harry's sister-in-law. See more »

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When Harry's brother falls down the hill, it's obviously a fake sheet of snow as it all lifts off the ground. See more »

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Harry "Santa": But now I want you to remember to stay good boys & girls. Respect your mothers & fathers and do what they tell you. Obey your teachers and learn a whooooole lot! Now *if you do this*, I'll make sure you get good presents from me eeeevery year. Ha ha ha... but if you're bad boys & girls, your name goes in the 'Bad Boys & Girls' book, and I'll bring you something... horrible.
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After the end credits, the filmmakers are heard yelling "Merry Christmas". See more »

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Better Watch Out... Better Not Cry... Or You May DIE!
27 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young boy sees mommy having sex with Santa Claus (this seems to turn a lot of people crazy in these movies) and grows up Christmas-obsessed. He has his own "Naughty and Nice List" and takes Holiday cheer seriously...very seriously. If any adults are mean to Santa, they get a punishment a little worse than coal.

This movie was definitely odd. It was odd because of one scene, in which the psycho Santa brings toys to kids in a hospital. It actually... warmed my heart. Yes. Christmas EVIL warmed my heart. I felt horrible for the killer, as the director intended. It's like a Christmas Slasher version of Frankenstien, where the villain is tragic and just in his killings. Plus, both feature a town of mobbing people with torches. But there were little scene scattered about, the end scene, the toy scene, that actually... made me happy. So it manages to scare AND celebrate Christmas at the same time.

Oh boy, what am I saying? All in all it's a weird ass film that's pretty entertaining. 7/10. HO HO HO! MERRY Christmas!


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