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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 »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (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

Lewis Jackson flew down to Vienna and showed cinematographer Ricardo Aronovich storyboards for this movie in order to convince Aronovich to shoot it. 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

After the end credits, the filmmakers are heard yelling "Merry Christmas". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Hummed by Brandon Maggart
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This cult classic is a film worth seeing.
19 February 1999 | by ShiZSee all my reviews

This movie is a very well thought out piece of low budget horror. Unlike the cheezy imitations such as "Silent Night, Deadly Night" this movie has a well thought out storyline with a central character you can understand and feel sympathy for. This movie is more than just another generic slasher flick. It has an interesting story and main character. The film may move a little slow at the beginning for people with short attention spans and no intelligence, but just about everyone else should be able to appreciate this low budget wonder. Just remember, this is not supposed to be another Friday the 13th.


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