Hello Horror Fiends, James J. Coker here letting you all know this is the very first podcast for the hidden horrors you must see blog. Sterling Anno and mysefl discuss a wide range of topics within the horror genre including what makes a horror movie a “Hidden Gem”. Two hidden horror films that we both love to death one being a super scary Japanese found footage film and the other being a batshit crazy Bigfoot film. Two other films we both find very underrated and cant understand why fans shit all over them. Then we spew nothing but love for a little indie film called IT FOLLOWS and finish it off with some new horror directors who we have started to follow there work and the Horror films coming out here most excited for. So have the time fly by with Sterling “the SporkGuy” and myself talking passionately about the Hidden Gems we love. Link down below. you can either listen or Download by clicking the downward pointing arrow icon on the corner of the link.
20 years before Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs) became a well-established cult-horror writer, director and producer, the 21-year-old New York University film student produced this winner of the Fangoria Short Film Search Award.
A Christmas Treat delivers that warm, fuzzy, nostalgic feeling leading up to the climax, from Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” to the vintage film look of the short. If you were born in the 1980s, you’d think you were watching an old Coca-Cola commercial. Of course, that’s not the type of “can” old “Santa Claws” opens in this short film.
But whatever feelings the first three minutes resonates in its viewers, the final 45 seconds are comparable to the darkest and most disturbing scenes in any film… And 30 years later, A Christmas Treat is still effective.
~ Matthew McPhee
Tim Sullivan was even courteous enough to upload the entire short film to his YouTube channel: