Christmas Evil

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In Brief: The second installment in Thursday Horror Picture Show's three-week celebration of Santa slashers, 1980's Christmas Evil, has been described by illustrious schlockmeister John Waters as "the best Christmas film ever made." While I wouldn't go quite that far, it is a shamefully underseen cult classic. Originally titled You Better Watch Out, director Lewis Jackson's only feature was critically acclaimed (well, acclaimed might be too strong a word...) but poorly received by audiences expecting excessive gore on the level of other "calendar killer" flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th. It's difficult to imagine a better piece of counter-programing to the sentimentality of Capra's It's a Wonderful Life than the story of a grown man so traumatized as a kid by seeing his mother felt-up by "Santa" that he embarks on a quest to hold the naughty accountable through extreme violence. Happy Holidays!
Genre: Christmas Slasher
Director: Lewis Jackson
Starring: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Joe Jamrog, Marian Vitale
Rated: R

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Christmas Evil Thursday, Dec. 15, at 9:15 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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