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MicroReview: A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

A Christmas Horror Story Movie Review


Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.

Review

A Christmas Horror Story Movie ReviewA seasonal horror anthology directed by Grant Harvey (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning), Steven Hoban (feature debut), and Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), A Christmas Horror Story is a wonderful throwback to anthologies past. As with all anthologies, it's a mixed bag, but each of the tales here takes itself quite seriously, and provides neat horror throughout. Unlike most anthos this one has the stories intertwined, so rather than having a wrap around segment, they very much lead from one to the next.

The writing and direction is good across the board, and the acting is solid. The scares are in place and the effects are great. It's a middling budget production, but looks spot on. I can't say too much about the stories and how they collaborate because of spoilers, but I will say that it holds together well, and should please anyone that likes either a traditional movie format, or antho segmented shorts. There are four specific stories, each unsurprisingly set around the season, but not always playing to the theme as anything more than a backdrop. The final story - and the one that plays most in the marketing is probably my favorite, with an outstanding performance by George Buza (A Little Bit Zombie) as Santa.

All around it's a fantastic watch at any time of the year, and pretty much must see viewing for any fan of both Christmas, and horror. Ho. Ho. Ho.



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