A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Review: Four Holiday Stories

“You Better Watch Out”

Synopsis: 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.

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Calamity Brains:

A Christmas Horror Story is an anthology movie following four mildly interwoven holiday-themed scary stories. Santa fights zombie elves; a group of teens tangle with ghosts over break; a family is hunted by Krampus; a trip to get a Christmas tree ends in disaster. Some of the stories are stronger than others, but they’re all well done and quite polished.

William Shatner serves as a horror host of sorts, helping provide little interludes between the stories. (Be sure to watch the credits for some more Shatner-y goodness.) You’ll recognize Julian Richings as well, and maybe some others. The actors all do a pretty good job – Orion John and Zoé De Grand Maison in particular are very creepy. Most of the storylines get a good couple of oneliners, too.

Each of the stories aims for a different sort of horror, though all of them involve supernatural forces of evil. There are a couple of jump scares, but for the most part each story focuses on its own sort of terror. I personally thought the Christmas tree story was the best; it had strong acting and was thoroughly creepy. But your mileage may vary.

All in all, A Christmas Horror Story is fairly fun and manages to be both spooky and holiday-appropriate. Even with all the blood and mayhem, there are still some positive Christmas moments in there. It’s enough to make anyone feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: B
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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