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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Stadling
... Philip Stadling
... Jackie Stadling
... Dennis Stadling
Brian Neville ... Marc Stadling
Joe Jamrog ... Frank Stoller
Wally Moran ... Philip Stadling Jr.
... Harry Stadling Jr.
Ellen McElduff ... Harry's Mother
... Harry's Father
Peter Neuman ... Moss Garcia
... 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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Better Watch Out... Better Not Cry... Or You May DIE! See more »

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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

The toy factory Harry works at was owned by the family of producer Edward R. Pressman. 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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After the end credits, the filmmakers are heard yelling "Merry Christmas". See more »


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Winter Wonderland
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Written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith
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One of the three best movies ever made...
8 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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