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A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 2 October 2015 (USA)
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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:
... Dangerous Dan
... Santa
... Krampus
... Molly
... Ben
... Dylan
... Caprice Bauer
... Taylor
... Diane
... Scott
... Kim (as Oluniké Adeliyi)
... Will
... Big Earl (as Alan C. Peterson)
... Duncan (as Percy Hynes-White)
... Aunt Edda


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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2 October 2015 (USA)  »

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A Holiday Horror Story  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Re-titled "A Holiday Horror Story" for sale at some U.S. Walmart stores, but the title change was only made for the outside slip cover of copies and not the actual print of the film. See more »


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 »


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 »


Featured in Half in the Bag: Krampus (2015) See more »


Opening Theme-It's Christmas Eve
Written by Alex Khaskin
Played during opening sequence
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It Could Have Been A Lot More Fun
24 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

So I am fresh off of watching this and I have to say that I am a bit disappointed. The trailer and the current reviews made it out like this was going to be a blast to watch, and some parts of it were, but for the most part I felt pretty let down.

So this is an anthology film, but instead of running each story back to back the film instead runs them simultaneously throughout. So basically you jump around from each story, the main problem here is that I found two out of four of the stories to be pretty cliché and boring. It was a bummer to be right in the middle of one story that is picking up only to be thrown back to a story that is just plain boring. The pacing was a big problem too, nothing at all really happens until about an hour in, once things do get rolling it is decent but not enough to make up for the first dull hour.

I do have some good things to say, the Santa and Krampus scenes were absolutely awesome, it mostly made me wish that I was watching a movie that was strictly about them. The acting was well done throughout, and the special effects/gore was all top notch considering they didn't have a huge budget. Plus William Shatner is thrown into the mix, hard to hate that.

I feel like this could have been so much better because the parts that worked did work really well, but the stories just didn't blend well together and since you have to watch them all at once that really effected the entertainment of the overall film. It's rare that I truly hate some parts of a film but then absolutely love other parts, unfortunately with this one the good was not good enough to out weigh the bad. The fun parts were still really fun though, it just seems like the whole thing could have been a lot more fun.


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