Movie Review – A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

A Christmas Horror Story
Directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, & Brett Sullivan
Courtesy of RLJ Entertainment
Release Date: November 24, 2015

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Just in time for Christmas…horror, carnage, and more! A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY blasted onto store shelves last week, and let me state right off: this is one movie you must see this holiday season! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but I was hoping for some crazy, terrifying fun based on the plot synopsis. I mean, who can pass up zombie elves?? I am very happy to report this film exceeded my expectations. It is a new holiday classic that I see myself revisiting every year around this time.

If you are not familiar with A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of RLJ Entertainment:

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….

The more I watch holiday-themed horror, the more I like it. There’s just something about horrifying situations popping up during happy seasons that draws me in. I guess it’s the stark contrast between the happiness people should be feeling, with family gatherings and yuletide joy, and the terror that overshadows that in these films that I really enjoy. This seems to make the tension even more real to me.

A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY is shot well and appears to have a high production budget. The cohesiveness of the film is tight, and this aspect is especially impressive when considering three different directors had a hand in creating the five segments for this film. This is also a big reason the movie scores so high with me.

And speaking of scores, the music in the film is phenomenal. It fits the movie perfectly, and I found it very reminiscent of something Danny Elfman or Marco Beltrami might do. I would even go so far as to say I’d love to have it on CD.

The acting is very good, with several top-notch actors heading up a great cast. William Shatner shines as the radio DJ, Dangerous Dan. George Buza gives a powerful and convincing performance as a zombie-elf-killing Santa. Likewise, Rob Archer is very imposing and believable as Krampus. The rest of the cast meshes well, and the result is a well-rounded and talented group.

The special effects in A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY are impressive as well. The makeup for the zombie-elves and Krampus are superb, and the small bit of gore we get to see looks realistic. I also love the opening sequence, too…it is an intriguing entry-point for the film, and the CG is impressive.

A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY is a major win for me, and I highly recommend it. Chocked full of intensity and fun, this is one holiday horror flick you won’t soon forget. It is available now in a variety of formats.


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