Christmas Evil

Production Year: 1980
Release Date: 11/18/2014
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
Director: Lewis Jackson



I'm sure most of us can remember the joys of Christmas Eve; fresh cookies, filled stockings, maybe even a visit from Santa.  Little Harry was so excited at the prospect of seeing Santa in action that he stayed up late.  I doubt the poor boy could have imagined that he'd see ol' Saint Nick givin' the goods to his mom.  Now as an adult working in a toy store Harry (Brandon Maggart) has grown to idolize the Christmas legend, going as far as keeping tabs on the "good boys and girls" in his neighborhood.  Unfortunately for the town, Harry is about to lose what little grip he has left on reality.


Due to the cynicism of the adults and the foul nature of modern children Harry "sacks" up and hits the town in full Santa regalia.  He gives the good people gifts, and the naughty ones, well I'm sure you can probably imagine.


Thankfully Harry has an older brother (Philip; Jeffrey DeMunn) that tends to look out for his better interests.  Knowing Harry's crazed appreciation for the Holiday, once word gets out that there's a killer Santa on the loose Philip begins to assume the worst.  Can Philip stop his brother before the vicious town folk band together to hunt down the faux-Santa?


There will be some obvious comparisons to Silent Night, Deadly Night which is unfortunate as some might deem Christmas Evil too tame.  To be fair, I don't view Christmas Evil as much of a "slasher film" as I would a black comedy.  Christmas Evil is an oddly funny film that explores one man's decent into madness.  Sure there's a crazed Santa, sure there's death by Toy Soldier, is it solid slasher territory?  No.  But if you're looking for a different kind of Holiday Horror film you can't go wrong with Christmas Evil.


Vinegar Syndrome is a label that continues to impress me whether it be through their ultra-sleazy adult offerings or their occasional horror releases.  Everything this company puts out is handled with the utmost care and Christmas Evil is a continuation of that trend.  The film looks great, much better than the previous home video releases.  A solid color palette full of bold Christmas greens and reds and nice grain structure that gives way to fine detail.


The DTS-HD Mono track offers up more of the same.  A solid, even soundscape with a very cheerful (and occasionally gloomy) score that never manages to overshadow the dialogue.


Commentary with Director Lewis Jackson

Commentary with Director Lewis Jackson and Actor Brandon Maggart

Commentary with John Waters

Lewis Jackson Interview (06:52 SD) - The film's director discusses the process of creating Christmas Evil, some other past films, and the classic film's current resurgence.  

Brandon Maggart Interview (06:40 SD) - The actor gets into his thoughts on the film along with his involvement in the production.

Deleted Scenes (06:32 SD) - Bratty kids, shaky hands, and assembly lines; a handful of deleted scenes from the film.  

Audition Tapes (25:49 SD) - Audition videos featuring Larry Pine, Richard Bright, Brandon Maggart, and a few others.

Test Screening Comment Cards - This is a fun bonus, essentially it's just a number of comment cards from the initial test screening of the film.  Some good, mostly bad, all somewhat humorous.  

Storyboards

Theatrical Trailer


A solid psychological Christmastime horror flick gets a definitive treatment from one of the leaders in exploitation home video.  'Nuff said.  If you've been dragging your feet on this one, or perhaps looking for a new holiday horror flick for your yuletide viewings, Vinegar Syndrome's Christmas Evil release comes highly recommended

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