Movie Review: ‘A Christmas Horror Story’

Review by Monique Thompson

It’s the season of joy, peace, and goodwill… unless you live in Bailey Downs. Last Christmas Eve, two teens came to a grisly end in a school basement. Now, one year later, a new set of horrors has come to town. As three friends explore the site of the massacre, a malevolent spirit is determined to keep them there forever. One of the first cops to the scene of the murders has new complications as his son exhibits terrifying and violent behavior. And when a local family seeks reconciliation with an estranged aunt, they suddenly find themselves running in terror from Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus. Not even St. Nick is immune to the terror as he fights a horde of zombie elves. This is destined to be a holiday no one will ever forget.

After reviewing the synopsis, surely there’s the perception that there’s a lot going on here in this film – and it is. Still though, A Christmas Horror Story is surprisingly good. An evil Christmas surely can be categorized as an oxymoron simply because ‘evil’ and ‘Christmas’ shouldn’t belong in the same sentence. Nonetheless though, A Christmas Horror Story takes the sweetest of characters and turns them into horror villains. Just think, zombie elves!

An anthology intertwining four chilling stories, this film is scary indeed. Granted, some moments are predictable but what scary movie nowadays isn’t. Because they are all unrealistic, typically you’ll expect for the characters or the outcome to be exactly what WOULDN’T really happen in actuality.

With a cast of not many notable actors/actresses, with the exception of veteran actor William Shatner portraying the character of on-air disc jockey DJ Dan, the acting is also much better than expected. Just in time for Halloween, A Christmas Horror Story will surely be a delight to horror movie fans and certainly worth seeing.

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