Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Christmas Horror Story (Image/RLJ Blu-ray)

If watching a Christmas Horror flick in October doesn't feel like you're cheating on a holiday, nothing will. To be quite honest, when the opportunity came to review A Christmas Horror Story I wasn't sure I was going to to take it up. I wanted to wait for the proper time with egg nog glass brimming and warm, C-9 bulbs aglow while the house smells of Balsam and Cedar and Concolor Pine. That's when a Christmas Horror flick feels proper, but it was a cold night, and it felt more like winter than autumn today. We made an exception to the holiday order of operations and have reviewed A Christmas Horror Story, a sort of anthology threaded Horror film with hints of Trick R Treat buried in Christmas lore and legend from all aspects of the holiday. It's not a traditional anthology picture, but it has multiple narratives with a common nexus.

The whole thing works quite well with solid performances from all actors. It flows well as a multistory movie with several threads intertwining to from one cohesive movie much like Trick R Treat. There is sort of a wrap story with connective tissue binding the whole thing together featuring William Shatner as a radio DJ; his dialogue is comic genius and really does cement him in the Horror family (the Sci-Fi world has claimed him too long since we lost him after the first Star Trek movie). You know there's something more to humor in his performance; there's that quite, passionate Shatner that really gets you to empathize with him, even if he's spiked his egg nog to inifinty.

The effects work in this picture is top notch with plenty of physical effects and excellent makeup to balance on some passable CG (that seems to be used solely out of necessity). I'm glad to say that most of the music is traditional which gives it a true holiday feel. Of course a band called The Snots does the closing song, so that might shatter the mood for you. If you pay attention at the very end of the credits you'll get a subtle, humorous surprise. The kills feel like something out of Santa's Slay for the most part which absolute works and would make a perfect companion movie to this. In fact this movie is going to make nice with all your Christmas Horror favorites.

Watch out for Krampus, Santa, the Elves and, as always, the human beings! I'll tell you guys, I haven't really enjoyed the Krampus mythology up until A Christmas Horror movie or more precisely until I saw the new trailer for the Krampus movie from Michael Dougherty. I think I get it now. I think I'm hooked, and I think he is conveyed beautiful in this picture for all you K fans.

Hey still not convinced? That scene on the poster... the one where Santa Claus is fighting Krampus... that actually happens in the movie! It has some campy moments, slight flaws and one story thread that wanders too much for turning and creating a perfect Christmas Horror memory, but overall if you can laugh at a Horror movie, be entertained by a Horror movie and love Christmas Horror, this movie is for you.

The Blu-ray looks very handsome for a new release in HD. The cover art is the popular poster art. No reverse art.

You can order A Christmas Horror Story now.

From RLJ/Image

It’s the season of joy, peace, and goodwill…unless you live in Bailey Downs. Last Christmas Eve, two teens came to a grisly end in a school basement. Now, one year later, a new set of horrors has come to town. As three friends explore the site of the massacre, a malevolent spirit is determined to keep them there forever. One of the first cops to the scene of the bloody murders has new complications as his seven-year-old son exhibits terrifying and violent behavior. And when a local family seeks reconciliation with an estranged aunt for the wrong reasons, they suddenly find themselves running in terror from Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus. Not even St. Nick is immune to the terror as he fights back against a horde of zombie elves. This is destined to be a holiday no one will ever forget…

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