Posted by: Damon Swindall
After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!
There’s nothing like taking a beloved children’s character and perverting it for use in a horror film. It just makes me smile ear-to-ear. You can do it with numerous personalities, fictional or real, but the one that is most famous and terrifying has to be Santa Claus. A child puts his trust in Kringle more than any other person on the planet. He will tell a man dressed as the jolly old elf at a shopping mall more than he will tell his own parents. When you take that trust and flip it to where this figure of gift giving and love becomes a homicidal maniac, you are set to warp some minds.