December tends to bring a little extra leisure time, so a holiday horror-themed activity like The Twelve Days of Axe-mas sounds like joy to my world! Wanna play? Simply pick out horror flicks with titles blatantly focusing on the holiday (Christmas Evil, Santa Claws, Santa's Slay, Satan Claus, etc.) or ones with time frames that revolve on or around Christmas (For example, the attack in the film Inside takes place on Christmas Eve) and gather your family or friends together for some festive viewing. Is it just my family that does that?
Since the October Challenge was a bit stressful, let's just pick twelve days’ worth of movies and relax with a big ’ol cauldron of Pumpkin Eggnog. Spiked, please. Some friends and I have been discussing this holiday viewing idea on a forum and it went over quite well with everyone. Please join in the fun! Oh, hey, my apologies to anyone who clicked on this “Axe-mas” blog expecting to read about guitars! My heart sank when it popped up in Google, but what can you do. I'm sticking with what sounds best.
You can find a HUGE list of Christmas-related horror films that someone made on IMDb.com that may surprise you. Scroll through the list HERE. I'll probably just watch movies from my own collection, which will be a nice change from watching nonstop previously unseen movies for the October Challenge.
My viewing list will probably consist of these titles:
Black Christmas (1974 version), Caesar and Otto's Deadly Christmas, Child's Play, Cronos, Christmas Evil aka You Better Watch Out, Edward Scissorhands, Gremlins, Inside (À l'intérieur), The Legend of Hell House, Maniac (1980), Sheitan, The Children (2008), Silent Night, Deadly Night 1 & 2, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Notice the list is not composed of all blood ’n gore. Jack Skellington will keep it light.
Extra goodies worth renting:
A Cadaver Christmas, Dead End, Dead of Night, Gingerdead Man, Jack Frost, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Highly recommended!), P2, Psycho, The Unholy Three, and Tales from the Crypt: Season 1, Episode 2 “And All Through the House.”
Of course, since I am obsessed with it, Better Off Dead will be added to my list! Not horror at all, but it's weirder-than-weird and revolves around Christmas. Speaking of, Bob Clark's A Christmas Story is also a December must-see!
The tagline for Silent Night, Deadly Night says it all, “You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas!”