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A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

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Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Dangerous Dan
George Buza ... Santa
Rob Archer ... Krampus
Zoé De Grand Maison ... Molly
Alex Ozerov ... Ben
Shannon Kook ... Dylan
Amy Forsyth ... Caprice Bauer
Jeff Clarke ... Taylor
Michelle Nolden ... Diane
Adrian Holmes ... Scott
Olunike Adeliyi ... Kim (as Oluniké Adeliyi)
Orion John ... Will
A.C. Peterson ... Big Earl (as Alan C. Peterson)
Percy Hynes White ... Duncan (as Percy Hynes-White)
Corinne Conley ... Aunt Edda
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Storyline

High school students investigate a mysterious homicide that occurred the prior holiday season, a couple notices their young son is acting strangely after a snowy forest trip to cut down a traditional tree and one family are stalked through a winter wonderland by Krampus, the Xmas demon. Meanwhile at the North Pole, Santa is fending off zombie elves. Written by Fernando Pascussi

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You Better Watch Out


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Holiday Horror Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Production Co:

Copperheart Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the closing credit it is stated that "No elves were harmed in the making of this film." See more »

Goofs

The tree ornament that Will's father hangs on the tree is not the same ornament that Will picked out and handed to him. See more »

Quotes

Shiny Elf: I said I don't want a goddamn cookie! You reindeer fucking snow whore!
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Crazy Credits

The last paragraph of the disclaimer block at the end of the credits reads, "No Elves were harmed in the making of this film." See more »


Soundtracks

Opening Theme-It's Christmas Eve
Written by Alex Khaskin
Played during opening sequence
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A mediocre Christmas horror anthology.
7 December 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Radio DJ Dangerous Dan (William Shatner) is hosting his annual Christmas Eve show while slowly getting sloshed; meanwhile, Santa is fighting off zombie elves, a group of teens are investigating a haunted murder site, a married couple's son is replaced by a 'changeling', and a greedy family have an encounter with Krampus, the anti-Santa.

It took quite a while for me to realise that A Christmas Horror Story was an anthology (the title is a tad misleading, suggesting just one story), and when I did, I was more than a little disappointed: I had been looking forward to seeing how they were cleverly going to connect all of the different plot threads.

As an anthology, the film is sorely lacking. Rather than concentrate on one tale at a time, the film cuts back and forth between the stories, making it hard for the viewer to become too involved in any of the action. Furthermore, none of the episodes have particularly effective endings, whilst the 'wraparound' scenes of DJ Dangerous Dan are fairly pointless and exist simply to add some star power in the form of the ageing Shatner.

On the plus side, the 'Santa vs the elves' story delivers some fun gore, the jolly old fellow slicing up several of the toothy little monsters with his staff, and the tale about the teens in trouble offers some eye-candy for the fellas in the form of pretty redhead Zoé De Grand Maison, who has a steamy sex scene, albeit one without any nudity.

My rating: 5/10. While I'd still rather watch this sort of thing over saccharine seasonal pap like Miracle on 34th Street or It's a Wonderful Life, there are many much better Christmas themed horror films to be had.


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