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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.
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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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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

The set for the police station line-up was built in a union hall. 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

Harry "Santa": You want it all... but you're no longer a child.
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After the end credits, the filmmakers are heard yelling "Merry Christmas". See more »

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Features Babes in Toyland (1934) See more »

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Angels We Have Heard on High
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Very decent Christmas themed psychological horror drama
2 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this thoroughly endearing horror picture from 1980 on Christmas Day and was pleased by the way that the film is actually a quite charming picture that affirms Christmas time, whilst presenting a creepy picture of it going wrong. The central performance from Brandon Maggart is ace, keeping the increasingly menacing character sympathetic and a fairly sad figure. There is only a small amount in the way of gore and only a handful of shock moments, but the film creates a great weird atmosphere with surreal and creepy twists on Christmas customs. The film could have done with more excitement and a tighter pace, but there is still much to intrigue, a few touching moments, some fun dark humour and a splendid ending. It lacks all that much impact as a horror film and is possibly more of a twisted drama, but is still one of the finer genre films for a mellow Christmas afternoon.


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