Friday, December 30, 2016

Movie review: A Christmas Horror Story

This anthology proves not all Christmas stories are sugar and spice. Follow four tales of Christmas horror told by a radio host with Santa battling zombie elves, a terrifying Christmas spirit, Santa slaying evil, and a student documentary that turns bloody.

William Shatner (Dangerous Dan), George Buza (Santa), Rob Archer (Krampus), Alex Ozerov (Ben), Shannon Kook (Dylan), Amy Forsyth (Caprice), Jeff Clarke (Taylor), Michelle Nolden (Diane), Adrian Holmes (Scott).

A Christmas Horror Story weaves together four tales of horror, consecutively sharing pieces of each story until their conclusion. While the stories are good, the method of storytelling helps maintain audience interest. Zombie elves was a whole lot of fun, and Krampus was wonderfully terrifying. The stories move along at a good pace and remain entertaining through the end.

Acting was enjoyable with Shatner as the radio announcer as an added bonus. And Buza was a superb Santa. While there are simply too many to mention by name, everyone did nicely in the film with good delivery, emotion, and chemistry.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with nice variety and a solid feel. Multiple sets and settings helped give the stories separate identities while maintaining continuity. Costuming was particularly well done with Krampus being exceptional. CGI and action scenes were nicely done with good detail. Dialogue was solid, as was sound and soundtrack.

Overall A Christmas Horror Story is a well done film and a nice distraction from all the fluffy happiness that typically surrounds the holiday. Those looking for a different take on Christmas, and who know there is a dark side to everything, should enjoy this one while traditionalists will probably cry in their egg nog.

With some mild sexuality, blood, gore, violence, disturbing images, and foul language, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 12.18.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Holiday Horror, Zombies, Horror, Supernatural Horror

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