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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 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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When Harry slips on the street running from the mob, he really did slip, and Lewis Jackson left it in the film. 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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Slightly overrated Christmas slasher
14 June 2014 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Bothered for years by a vision from the past, a grown man with a grudge against the holidays dresses as a Santa and begins a murderous reign of terror across town, forcing his own brand of extreme holiday justice on the wayward town.

Though this is a decent and certainly renown entry in the killer-Santa style of films, that still doesn't make up for the fact that this one is still monumentally flawed. The fact that this one takes a near eternity to get going is the biggest issue, as the nearly insane amount of time spent with the guy observing others and being berated at work in lieu of actually slashing others makes this a chore to sit through, with nearly an hour spent on these points without interruption that it's just nearly impossible to stay interested in what goes on. The severely low body-count and rather irritating manner in which he's constantly mistaken for the real thing grows rather old, but there's some spirited cheese on display, including an attack on reporters in full view of others and a fine finale, but it really can't overcome the beginning.

Rated R: Language, Graphic Violence and children-in-jeopardy.


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