Horror Movie Dictionary: Christmas

Horror movies are notorious for being calendar cash-ins. There are movies centred around Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, New Year’s Eve Spring Break, and of course, Christmas. Things have gotten so out of hand, there’s even a Bloody Wednesday.

Since their advent (see what we did there?) there’s seemingly a new Kris Kringle killer film every year.

For the most part, they’re exquisitely awful. Luckily for us though, there are exceptions.

There is the morose, downbeat psycho-slasher Christmas Evil, cited by John Waters as “the greatest Christmas movie ever made,” (take that, It’s a Wonderful Life). The French new waver, À l’intérieur (Inside) is undeniably excellent, and there’s no denying Black Christmas was influential laying down the North American template for stalk ‘n’ slash POV, even if Mario Bava beat it to the punch.

The 2010 Dutch import Saint (Sint) gives us a not-so-jolly St Nick light years removed from cringy fire-engine felt mall Santas, and Night Train Murders is a stylish Video Nasty from the 70s, set in Munich on Christmas Eve.

When it comes to snowy desolate isolating winters, nothing beats Kubrick’s The Shining for capturing the chilly milieu.

And for our money, far and away the best snow death is featured in the Canadian classic, Curtains (For our take on that epic tax shelter flick, check out our Curtains discussion on the Really Awful Movies Podcast).

And speaking of Christmas, if you’ve got a horror movie fan in your life (and really, if you don’t, you probably should)…check out our book, Death by Umbrella! The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons.

It’s the perfect stocking stuffer (or is that, “stalking” stuffer?). But don’t take our word for it (this is just an expression. Take our word for everything else that appears on this site). Rue Morgue Magazine said:

“…what separates Death by Umbrella! from your run-of-the-mill glossary is the amount of heart and appreciation within its pages…Recommended for gorehounds, list-lovers and trivia fiends…”
The very best (and even some of the worst) films have heart and appreciation. We did our best to reflect that in our selections.

Perfect Gift for the Horror Fan

Death By Umbrella_coverSeasons greetings everyone.

If you’re like us, your approach to Christmas shopping is, “need a call from the governor for a stay of execution” — which is to say about as last minute as you can get.

But there’s still time, speaking of the morbid, to order your copy of our acclaimed book, DEATH BY UMBRELLA! The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons.

In literally painstaking detail, we chronicle some of the weirdest demises in the horror pantheon (and yes, there are two umbrella deaths chronicled between the covers).

Rue Morgue proclaimed that the book has “heart and appreciation within its pages” and LA Weekly says it’s “rich with context and analysis…” With a foreword by none other than our pal, Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman, it’s got killer illustrations and a dynamite cover to boot. We think you’ll really like it.

In short, it’s the perfect gift for the horror fan in your household.

The Podcast…

For those who haven’t had a chance to tune in, EVERY FRIDAY we have new episodes of the Really Awful Movies Podcast. We’re Iron Men when it comes to podcasting, dedicated to uploading new episodes all about genre film, predominately our first love (horror), but also sci fi, action, musicals, silent film, post-apocalyptic wasteland movies, WiP, etc.

In short, if someone in a movie fires a bazooka in a public square, stalks a group of sorority sisters, skulks about in a jungle investigating reports of cannibalism, pats down a bunch of supermodels pre-prison, or drives around in a dune buggy looking to propagate the species, chances are we’ll be talking about it on the show.

Thanks for tuning in.