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
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Though it was the success of Halloween (1978) that ultimately allowed this film to be made, it was actually written earlier. Accordingly, Lewis Jackson does not consider this film to be a Slasher film, but rather a film that has more in common with Frankenstein (1931). See more »
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 »
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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After the end credits, the filmmakers are heard yelling "Merry Christmas". See more »
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 »
Christmas EVIL is one of my three favorite movies ever made. I rated it a 9 out of 10 only because my other two favorites are slightly better and received 10s. (If you're curious, my three favorite movies are BEYOND DREAM'S DOOR, DIALING FOR DINGBATS, and Christmas EVIL, in that order). I think director John Waters said it best when he recommended Christmas EVIL because of its (and I'm paraphrasing here): "... grubby look and mucky atmosphere, as if it were shot using the same crap film they used to shoot those 1970s drive-in concession-stand ads where the food came out looking wretched when its intention was to lure patrons to the snack bar!" Christmas EVIL reminds me of a murky, clumsily violent dream an alcoholic stepfather is having during the holidays while passed out in his recliner, translated to shoddy film stock - and that isn't an effect commonly or easily achieved by any movie. A masterpiece.
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