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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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Lewis Jackson

Writer:

Lewis Jackson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Maggart ... Harry Stadling
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Philip Stadling
Dianne Hull ... Jackie Stadling
Andy Fenwick ... Dennis Stadling
Brian Neville Brian Neville ... Marc Stadling
Joe Jamrog Joe Jamrog ... Frank Stoller
Wally Moran Wally Moran ... Philip Stadling Jr.
Gus Salud ... Harry Stadling Jr.
Ellen McElduff Ellen McElduff ... Harry's Mother
Brian Hartigan ... Harry's Father
Peter Neuman Peter Neuman ... Moss Garcia
Lance Holcomb ... Scotty Goodrich
Elizabeth Ridge Elizabeth Ridge ... Susie Lovett
Chris Browning Chris Browning ... Richie Sharp
Tyrone Holmes 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Evil See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Storyboards were done for every shot in this 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

While it is understandable that viewers might identify the rousing "Merry Christmas everybody!" at the end of the credits as the crew adding a personalized touch to the final moments of the film, it is in fact the greeting that ends the Jackson Trio's "Jingle Bell Hop" that is used during the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

A deleted scene towards the film's begining showed Harry being promoted in his job. Brandon Maggart had a hangover from the day before while shooting the dancing scene and can be seen becoming dizzy and nauseous at the end of the scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Silent Night, Deadly Night (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Angels We Have Heard on High
(uncredited)
Traditional, lyrics written by James Chadwick
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Better Watch Out... Better Not Cry... Or You May DIE!
27 December 2006 | by Pet_RockSee 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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