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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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 – 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:

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS – SHORT FILM – Santa

Santa 3If there is one thing we’ve learned from recently viewed short films here at Hidden Horrors, it’s that children refuse to stay in bed while evil is lurking about on Christmas Eve.

This fact gets reinforced in the 2014 fantasy-horror short film, aptly named Santa.

Running at only a minute and a half, Santa is a truly effective short, from the atmospheric lighting, to the haunting soundtrack and the well-done creature effects.

This time around, Santa takes on a truly frightening figure, with a demon-like head and elongated fingers and claws. He makes Tim Sullivan’s “Santa Claws” look like a muppet. Although there is no explanation to the creature’s intensions, Santa should please genre fans around the world looking for a quick shock this holiday season.

~ Matthew McPhee

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS – SHORT FILM – Christmas Nightmares Part 2: Home for the Holidays

tumblr_lwmmvpbBEQ1r6n6u8o1_400From Halloween prop-making company Beyond the Grave Productions and haunted-attractions media marketers Rogues Hollow Productions comes the Santa slasher Home for the Holidays.

The six-minute short is nothing new in terms of an ax-wielding Santa (Silent Night, Christmas Evil, Santa’s Slay, and Silent Night, Deadly Night; the list goes on like Santa’s “naughty” list), but it will put horror fiends, looking for some entertainment this holiday season, in the festive spirit.

The acting is abysmal, but that’s a common trait amongst the slasher genre. Besides, this short plays more like a demented Christmas card from the two aforementioned companies.

After the man of the house rushes the children off to bed early, due to a pass from his candy cane-fellating wife, he later gets up to play Santa Claus and put some presents under the tree. Without realizing there already is a psychotic Santa lurking around the house, the man and his wife meet their bloody demise, and little Noah and Rebecca wake up to the biggest Christmas morning surprise they’d ever bargain for.

If you have six minutes to spare this Christmas, sit back and enjoy Home for the Holidays. It takes the approximate amount of time to whip up a rum and egg nog, so make a double, sit back, and enjoy!

 ~ Matthew McPhee

HIDDEN HORROR AND TERROR TV FOR CHRISTMAS – KAZUO UMEZU’S HORROR THEATER – The Present

kazz 3Now we start off our Christmas horror season with one that may confuse our western readers. You see in the mid 2000’s when the horror anthology show “Masters of Horror” was airing the country of Japan decided to have there own version of that show. The show was called “Kazuo Umezu’s Horror Theater” and it feature notable Japanese horror directors each directing a episode based on a manga story by famed Japanese horror manga artist Kazuo Umezu. And this particular episode “the Present” is based on his christmas time horror story about rowdy partying young people being killed off in wonderfully gory ways by you guessed it…Santa Claus!!

The plot for this one is simple. a little girl named Yuko is staying up on christmas eve hoping to see santa but her parents tell her to go to bed and that Santa also punishes bad girls and boys. Cut to a number of years later and now Yuko is a young adult and is meeting some friends for partying at a rather empty hotel on Christmas Eve. So Santa Claus himself is hunting down and killing each one in surprisingly gory ways but is all these really happening or is Yuko’s imagination and childhood fears getting the best of her.

Now at first i was rather skeptical about going into this one because I always have been wearing about watching a Japanese horror film because i get tired of all the ghost shit and seeing how this one was practically Japanese horror trying to do a Christmas slasher film I actually thought they would fail and not make a entertaining tale of Mayhem for slasher and horror fans…BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! “The Present” is one hell of a entertaining and damn gory time for both slasher movie fans and horror movie fans as well. Where to begin…though the characters are rather mundane the Atmosphere director Yudai Yamaguchi brings to this strong echoes that of 80s horror films and even that of the film CREEPSHOW with attention to setting and lighting, particularly a eerie set of colored lighting and many establishing location shots that bring in the atmosphere to the point it feels like a lost Creepshow segment. now along with the 80s creepshow-like atmosphere the kills and gore in this sucker is what really surprised me. We get bodies chopped in half with guts hanging out, amputated arms and legs, stabbings in the head, bodies covered in blood and maggots, fingernails ripped off and even a scene where dear old saint nick rips a girls brains out and feeds it to his reindeer in graphic detail! this santa does not play nice with his victims and even has a cool weapon that is a bladed star attached to a chain that he whips around! this is one killer santa that is both cool and damn mean-spirited!.

Now the ending to it all gets just as gruesome with a character discovering a hole in the back of her head with maggots coming out (Kazuo Umezu stories are always this gruesome) and starts digging into that hole with her hand! but suddenly the whole episode switches back to the very beginning and it leaves the viewer scratching there head. An amigous ending that i really loved.

So if you want something a little different with your killer santa flicks this yuletide season but dont want it to skip on the gore and gruesomeness then seek out little known Japanese christmas horror episode “the Present” of Kazuo Umezu’s Horror Theater. Youll have a fun time with this “Slayride” because it fucking rocks! – James J. Coker