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Christmas Evil (1980)

You Better Watch Out (original title)
A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

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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 ...
Philip Stadling Jr.
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
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Frankie
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Storyline

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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$750,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Writer/director Lewis Jackson spent ten years collecting all the yuletide props seen in Harry's house. Moreover, it took Jackson ten years to get this movie made. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last line after Harry gets away from the vigilante mob]
Harry "Santa": But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
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After the end credits, the filmmakers are heard yelling "Merry Christmas". See more »

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Referenced in Christmas Cruelty! (2013) See more »

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Santa Claus, Santa Claus
Performed by James Brown
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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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