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Horror Flick of the Week: Christmas Evil (1980)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2016 by ranranami

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Tis the season, isn’t it? No, I’m not generically recommending this movie because it’s horror and Christmas related. I actually finally got around to watching it because someone else couldn’t stop talking about the damned thing. Honestly, I expected a slasher. That’s all. A slasher with a guy in a Christmas suit…I didn’t expect to actually care about the guy in a way, or to actually find a real moral behind most of the story. I certainly didn’t mean to find out the true meaning of Christmas.

But…I did, I did, and I definitely did.

 

If you’ve done Black Christmas (the original and the remake) to death, don’t find Gremlins has enough bite to it anymore, and could very well strangle the next teeny-bopper with a Jack Skellington wrist bracelet, then maybe check out Christmas Evil this year.

In a way, Krampus almost tried to communicate a little of what I got from Christmas Evil, but they were too caught up in the flash, the spectacle, etc. This one had a great balance. I couldn’t help but think as I watched it that ‘yeah, if a guy really did decide to become Santa Clause, this is probably how he’d do it.’

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Horror Flick of the Week: Gremlins (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by ranranami

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Fresh from the theaters after giving Krampus a go, I was reminded why I liked Gremlins. First things first, I would like to say I did not hate Krampus at all. There may have been points where it seemed to drag, or I just didn’t like the choices made by the writers, it was definitely a visual feast with some awesome combinations of physical and digital effects…which is a very difficult line to straddle.

BUT…it didn’t capture what Gremlins did back in 84. I don’t really blame Krampus for this. I blame Gremlins…for being just that awesome. Gremlins captures the seasonal spirit of Christmas without becoming bitter. It has no message about families losing their sight of what really matters. It’s just a story about evil little creatures that terrorize a small, but charming town on Christmas. And…that’s kind of all I want to watch this year. I won’t be foregoing my traditional viewing of Black Christmas, but…I just love Gremlins so much. Even the sequel.

It’s got a great cast, a charming soundtrack, fantastic physical effects, and a sweet storyline…but it’s still creepy enough to be classified as a comedy horror. What’s more, it’s something you can actually enjoy with kids, rather than certain other Christmas classics such as ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’, or ‘Treevenge’.

If you somehow have managed to avoid seeing Gremlins, because television is a relatively new discovery in your region of the world, or if you just…avoided it…or even have seen it, but not in quite some time. Do yourself a favor. Give Gremlins a shot this month. And don’t feed them after midnight, trust me, I’m still cleaning up the green sludge in the kitchen.