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Rare Exports: The Original Krampus Horror Movie

Released earlier this month, Michael Dougherty’s Krampus became a surprise hit at the box office, and I think it’s safe to say the film’s success can be chalked up to both positive reviews and the fact that the titular character is currently more popular than ever. Dougherty’s movie quite literally came along at the perfect […]

A Tribute to Cinema’s Female Killer Santas

Countless Christmas horror movies have been released in the last several decades, and a large portion of them center on killers dressed up as Santa Claus. Around this time of the year, horror websites tend to list off the most memorable villains that fit that particular bill – Silent Night, Deadly Night‘s Billy of course […]

Michael Dougherty’s Krampus: Interpreting The Ending

Six years after Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat was dumped to video, after sitting on a shelf for a couple years prior, his follow-up Krampus spread holiday fear at the box office this past weekend. Much to the delight of the horror community – or at least the fans who actually like horror movies – […]

Krampus: From Relative Obscurity to Horror Movie Icon

Though a killer Santa first stalked the screen in 1972’s Tales from the Crypt, it was thanks to films like Black Christmas, Christmas Evil and Silent Night, Deadly Night that ‘Christmas horror’ became a bona fide sub-genre. In the decades since their release, holiday figures like elves and gingerbread men have joined Santa as horror […]

The White House Runs Red: 10 Presidential Appearances in Horror Cinema

The great thing about the horror genre is that there’s pretty much a movie for every single holiday. Whether we’re dealing with killer bunnies, pumpkins, turkeys or Santa Claus himself, there’s always at least a little something to help inject ample amounts of blood and guts into any given holiday. And the smaller ones, like […]

Review: Death Waltz Recording Company’s Silent Night, Deadly Night Soundtrack

UK-based label Death Waltz Recording Company dropped a little treat down the proverbial chimney this holiday season in the form of Silent Night, Deadly Night‘s very first soundtrack release, on both vinyl as well as CD. The limited edition two-disc affair, which quickly sold out, served to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, and boy does […]

The Top Five Holiday Horror Short Films!

There’s nothing I love more about the Christmas season than watching all the films that are sadly irrelevant the other eleven months of the year, ranging from holiday classics like Christmas Vacation and Scrooged to horror favorites like Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night. On top of that list of must-watch feature films is […]

My Favorite Tales from the Crypt Episodes: ‘And All Through the House’

Earlier this year I started a series of posts about my favorite episodes of HBO’s Tales from the Crypt, which I kicked off with Season 2’s Cryptkeeper origin story, ‘Lower Berth.’ We continue the series today by shining the spotlight on a timely episode of the show, which brought a little horror to the holiday […]

Haunted Houses: They’re Not Just for Halloween Anymore

There are few things I love more than the fusion of Christmas and horror, as there’s just something about the happiest time of the year crossing over to the dark side that is endlessly appealing to me. Movies have been doing it for decades now, to the point that ‘Christmas horror’ has become a bonafide […]