TV Terror for Christmas – Kazuo Umezu’s THE PRESENT

 

Happy Holidays Horror Fiends! with all the Killer santa films out there. it can be hard choosing one to watch this yuletide season. So i am here to suggest a offbeat, fun and gruesome Killer santa film…FROM JAPAN. yep…There is a Japanese Killer Santa film out there folks. Watch the vid and dont forget to subscribe.

 

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A “CRYPTEE” gift for Christmas Eve – Twas the Fright before Christmas

MI0001878669Yes dear horrorfiends I know posting this it is not Christmas Eve just yet but hey Christmas eve is going to be very busy for me so im getting this done now. Instead of a usual Christmas horror movie for Christmas Eve i decided to show you all a little Tales from the Crypt nugget from the 90s for Christmas Eve.

Back in 1994 John Kassir voiced the Cryptkeeper for a Tales from the Crypt CHRISTMAS ALBUM!!! yes a Cryptkeeper Christmas album. And since it is the Cryptkeeper you can expect gory and ghoulish “pun” versions of christmas classic like ” we’d wish you’d bury the missus” or “Deck the halls with parts of Charlie” he he he he he

But the best part of the whole album is a Cryptkeeper style rendition of the classic twas the night before Christmas poem but instead this time it is “Twas the FRIGHT before Christmas” in which the Cryptkeeper lays out booby traps for Santa but learns some heartfelt christmas spirit in the process. It is a fun and ghoulish little listen for your christmas eve dear horror fiends and a gift i wanted to share with you all. Give it a little down below

P.S. the Tales from the Crypt Christmas album is LONG OUT OF PRINT and goes quite pricey online.

Fourth episode of the Hidden Horrors you must hear podcast…Christmas Horrors you must celebrate

Hidden Horrors you must hear EP4 Christmas Horrors you must celebrate BannerWelcome to the Christmas episode of the Hidden Horrors you must hear Podcast dear Horrorfiends! in this episode both Sterling Anno and James J. Coker get into the yuletide spirit by suggesting and raving about two very very underrated Christmas horror movies and why you should give them another chance this Christmas season, Rant about how overrated the Christmas Horror movie Silent Night Deadly Night really is and how flabbergasted we are on how horror fans seem to love it and finally rave about just how amazing Michael Dougherty’s new Christmas themed horror movie KRAMPUS in theaters right now really is. so get into the Horror filled yuletide season horror fiends and listen! and dont forget to download the episode too.

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS DAY-SHORT FILM – Treevenge

treevenge-posterMERRY CHRISTMAS HORRORFIENDS! From the Crew of Hidden Horrors.  and a few to give you fellow horrorfiends a insane and gory little christmas is to tell you about “Hobo with the Shotgun” director Jason Eisener Christmas horror short film TREEVENGE.

Treevenge takes you through Christmas but not through the eyes of a average person oh no. It takes you through Christmas through the perspective of the pine trees and all the Horror and slaughter they go through during the yuletide season. Finally the Trees have had enough and start a insane and gory revolt leaving no one spared…men, women, children and even babies are mutilated by the trees in there rebellion.

Treevenge is balls to the wall insanity from start to finish. Before all the gory slaughter happen there is still a kinetic insanity that Jason Eisener puts into the short film right from the beginning and never stops. A kinetic insanity that he’ll later master in “Hobo with a Shotgun”. The short feels like it is rip roaring at the fast pace and can glue you to your seat and once the bloody mayhem starts youll be taken aback yet cheering at how no one is spared from these rebellious trees.

So Merry Christmas you fellow horrorfiends and enjoy these piece of insane Gory christmas mayhem. – James J. Coker

 

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS EVE – DEAD END

Dead End Poster‘Twas the fright before Christmas, when all thro’ the house. Not a creature-feature was stirring, but this new Christmas Eve tradition was…

Dead End is the first and only film collaboration from writing and directing team Jean-Baptiste Andrea (Brotherhood of Tears) and Fabrice Canepa (his only IMDb credit).

The film kicks off with that feeling of impending doom, as Frank Harrington (Ray Wise, Jeepers Creepers 2) drives his family to his mother-in-law’s for Christmas Eve.

Jokes asides, Dead End definitely encompasses that dreadful feeling, as the Harringtons decide to take a detour on their trip, ending up on a deserted back road and being besieged by sinister forces along the way.

One by one, each family member falls to these forces’ diversions, and one by one, family secrets come to light.

Dead End is a brilliant and mysterious situational low-budget ghost story that will keep viewers guessing right up until the very end. But the amount of laughs also equal the frights, in a strange blend of juvenile, droll, and slapstick (to name a few) humor all presented in an extremely dark manner.

The film is definitely a hidden gem that deserves plenty of recognition and should have a reservation on every horror fans’ “must see” list, not to mention a suitable part of their annual Christmas viewing.

 

~ Matthew McPhee

 

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS-Don’t Open Till Christmas

Don't_Open_Till_Christmas_FilmPoster”Don’t Open Till Christmas” is a 1984 UK Christmas horror film Directed by Edmund Purdon. What makes this film stand out from the rest of the Christmas horror films is its sleaziness. If you are looking for a sleazy, over the top Christmas horror, this is the way to go. While a lot of Christmas horror could be considered sleazy or cheesy, this one is special and as a quote from the movie goes: ”Another Santa is Slain”…

The film tells the story of a masked serial killer terrorizing London around Christmas time. The only thing is that he wants to kill Santa Clause. This masked killer kills anyone dressed in a Santa Claus costume in brutal fashion. The Santa Clause slaying eventually draw the attention of Detective Ian Harris and Sergeant Powell. Things get more strange when Powell gets a present with a mysterious message on it reading ”Don’t Open Till Christmas”. As the two detectives try to catch the killer and the film progresses, the body pile of Santas begins to rise, leading to the sleazy and over the top finale.

Don’t watch this film expecting a sophisticated Christmas horror film. This film’s appeal lies in the sleaze and gore factor. The masked killer kills his way though the film executing anyone dressed in a Santa costume in brutal and creative ways. Some of these method include castration, putting a gun in Santa’s mouth and blowing his head off, burning one of his victim’s face’s off and more. One might why wonder why the masked killer hates Santa so much, but towards the end of the film, the killer’s fucked up reason is shown.

This Christmas, if you want a bloody sleazy film, then this is for you. If you are offended by a masked killer brutally killing people dressed up as Santa in mean and bloody ways, you will be offended so don’t watch this film. On the other hand gore fans will be in heaven! The ending is pretty unsuspected as well. ”Another Santa is Slain”. HA HA!

-Dakota Bailey

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS – SHORT FILM – HE SEES YOU…

heseesyouWanting to take part in the “adult” Christmas tradition of pitting the Elf on the Shelf in compromising photographs for the world wide web to see, Rich and his girlfriend Karen pose St. Nick’s spy in several explicit positions with a nude Barbie.

Obviously, this is a big no-no, as Santa’s little stool pigeon spills the beans, and the big guy himself spills some guts. His weapon of choice: a menacing-looking icicle.

But Kris Kringle doesn’t stop there, as he punishes a potty-mouth lush, and he also shows his lighter side when rewarding one of the “good” ones.

Instead of the familiar slasher santa from horror films of Christmas past, filmmakers Blair Downey and Michael Hickey (winners of Scariest and Best Film awards in the Nickel Independent Film Festival’s 48-Hour Horror Challenge for The Calming) also tie in the magic of Christmas, from the storybook opening to Santa’s ghost-like presence, and it’s all tied together with a warm rhyming Seuss-like narration from actor Bruce Brenton. He Sees You… is all wrapped as the best Christmas short to surface this year.

~ Matthew McPhee

I was so impressed with He Sees You…, I decided to dig a little deeper and have a look at their award-winning The Calming. Think of this as your stocking stuffer from Hidden Horrors this year: