Krampus is only a few days away for its theatrical release, but the horror anthology A Christmas Horror Story is already out (actually before Halloween this year) to make the season more frightening than ever.
After the excellent Tales of Halloween, it seems to become a commodity to release movies with stories taking place during a special time of the year. While this one only features four stories, this means that there’s more time for some actual story progression and to connect them all together. With just 3 directors, this could also be more homogenous. Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, and Brett Sullivan don’t seem to be the most well-known filmmakers, but with titles such as the Ginger Snaps series, they know how to do genre cinema.
The stories sound like a lot of fun as well: high school students doing a documentary about a mysterious homicide, a couple’s young son acting strangely after a snowy forest trip to cut down the traditional tree, one family being stalked by the Christmas demon Krampus (now that’s a bit cheeky) and Santa fighting against zombie elves (that’s just awesome). If this wasn’t cool enough, all of these tales are introduced by a radio host who’s played by no other than William Kirk Shatner himself!
Even if the imdb scores aren’t great, the trailer promises a lot of blood, gore, guts, and splatter fun with out-of-this-world stories. Just like Santa’s Slay, Saint, Silent Night, Deadly Night, this could very well be another great addition to the roster of must-watch-before/during/after-Christmas-time, and with the recent/upcoming home video releases (which got a much better score on Amazon), this could be a good alternative to Krampus. Maybe there’ll be a review coming up on this site very soon ;-)… that will hopefully not be another All Hallows’ Eve.
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