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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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Cast

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Philip Stadling
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Jackie Stadling
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Dennis Stadling
Brian Neville ...
Marc Stadling
Joe Jamrog ...
Frank Stoller
Wally Moran ...
Philip Stadling Jr.
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Ellen McElduff ...
Harry's Mother
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Harry's Father
Peter Neuman ...
Moss Garcia
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Scotty Goodrich
Elizabeth Ridge ...
Susie Lovett
Chris Browning ...
Richie Sharp
Tyrone Holmes ...
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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You'd better take care...Santa is coming to town! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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November 1980 (USA)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Harry slips on the street running from the mob, he really did slip, and Lewis Jackson left it in the film. 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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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, the filmmakers are heard yelling "Merry Christmas". See more »


Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Hummed by Brandon Maggart
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Admittedly not the best the genre has to offer, but fun none the less...
26 April 2000 | by (Cleve-land O-hi-O) – See all my reviews

I hate to admit it, but i have a psychosis. It's really a passion that has blown way out of preportain. I love holiday horror films. At over fifty i think i have one of the largest collections around. The Santa killers are my favorite of this sub genre. Now, while admittedly next to the likes of the Godfather and such this is a very bad movie. BUT! I still highly suggest this film. It really is an interesting look into the psyche of a deranged mind. If you get a chance watch this movie, the ending alone is worth the buck fifty rental fee. This film is one of the true gems of my bloated movie collection.


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