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Christmas Evil (Special Edition)

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Harry Stadling (Brandon Maggert) is obsessed with Christmas! In fact he wants to "be the authentic Santa Claus, with a real suit, sleigh and reindeer'. Ever since he learned the 'truth' about Santa, he's tried to make Christmas a reality. Growing up a toy maker, Harry is met with naysayers and critics who mock him for his yuletide beliefs. but he wants people to get the presents they deserve, even if that means giving the gift of murder! Cynics and uptight hypocrites beware! Lewis Jackson's classic black comedy horror film, CHRISTMAS EVIL (aka YOU BETTER WATCH OUT!) is, according to cult film director/auteur John Waters, 'the best seasonal film of all time. I wish I had kids. I'd make them watch it every year and, if they didn't like it, they'd be punished!' Time to hang those stockings from the fireplace and get ready. the sadistic holiday chestnut CHRISTMAS EVIL is here in an all-new Director's Cut edition. Transferred from the director's own personal film elements, this version of CHRISTMAS EVIL is the original first cut of the film containing even more scenes and never-before-seen footage!

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary from Director Lewis Jackson
  • Bonus Audio Commentary by Director Lewis Jackson and Cult Director JOHN WATERS!
  • Director's Cut Version Featuring Never-Before-Seen Footage!
  • Storyboards
  • Original Comment Cards
  • Audition Tapes (26 min.)

Product Details

  • Actors: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick, Brian Neville
  • Directors: Lewis Jackson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IJ7A60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Christmas Evil (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2003
Format: DVD
Christmas Evil holds a unique spot in the genre of Christmas slasher films. While a few individuals are murdered, there so little blood that I would not classify this as a slasher film at all. This is more of a psychological treatment that transcends horror of a primal nature. In its own special twisted way, Christmas Evil is really sort of touching, and I would argue that it actually does possess a measure of real Christmas spirit. Harry isn't a bad guy; his heart is in the right place - it's just a few of his toys of death that end up in wrong places such as someone else's neck. As a young child, Harry sees disturbing evidence before his very eyes that Santa Claus is not real, and this experience scars him for life. He does not let the Christmas spirit die in him, however; the spirit actually grows to the point that, as a forty-something year old man, he tries to become Santa Claus and spread joy to good little children. He spies on the neighborhood kids, writing down notes in his books of naught boys and girls. As a newly-promoted manager at a toy factory, he is dismayed to see inferior-quality toys rolling off the assembly line, his co-workers speak badly of the holidays, and a new hotshot executive puts forth a promotional campaign to send toys to a children's hospital without knowing or caring if there will be enough for the kids. Eventually, poor Harry snaps, dons a Santa suit, and goes out to spread Christmas spirit all around. Of course, a few adults have been very bad in his eyes, and a few of them end up dead.
Brandon Maggart is really quite good in the role of Harry.
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Greetings from Tromaville!
Aside from being John Waters's favorite Christmas movie, this film is known as the best of the Holiday Horror genre. Originally titled "You better watch out.....", and also known as "Terror in Toyland", the film was re-released with the title "Christmas Evil" to cash in on the success of "Silent Night, Deadly Night".
But "Christmas Evil" is a much different film. Contrary to the cover art, "Christmas Evil" is a psychological horror film that digs deep into the mind of a person who loves Santa, and hates the greedy.
He always brings presents to the "nice", such as numerous toys for the children's hospital. What makes it a horror film is that he treats those who have been "Naughty" with death.
There are two things commonly misinterpreted about the film. First of all, it is not anti-Christmas. If anything, it's against the commercialization of Christmas.
Second, it's not completely a psychological horror film. It's mostly a dark-comedy in the vein of "Jack Frost" (not the conglomerate crappy Keaton one, but the horror/comedy distributed by A-Pix Entertainment.) that will leave you mesmorised.
It also contains running commontary with the director, and the star, Brandon Maggart, who is the father of pop princess Fiona Apple, as well as a special holiday introduction with Troma President Lloyd Kaufman.
In conclusion, see "Christmas Evil". It will do for Christmas what Charles Kaufman's "Mother's Day" did for Mother's Day
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CHRISTMAS EVIL is one of those little classics that has gained a cult following and has managed to keep a low profile through the years. Sometimes confused with other movies like BLACK CHRISTMAS or SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT (and for the record all 3 movies are very different) CHRISTMAS EVIL is not so much a horror movie as it is a dark comedy about a man's journey into insanity. I don't want you to get the wrong impression since CHRSITMAS EVIL isn't a comedy, but it is light hearted in the way it shows and depicts the main character believing he is Santa Clause. Which brings us to the story. A man, who was traumatized as a boy by seeing his mother getting laid by old st. Nick, grows up into believing he is the real, better Santa Clause and can bring good to the world. Its almost hard to describe exactly what makes this movie so good or what makes this movie so scary. You really have to see it to believe it. It takes you on a journey into the mind of a mentally disturbed individual while showing us violence and comedy all in the happy holiday setting. And as for the ending which many people say is confusing.....it's not confusing if you think it over and have a little faith.
CHRISTMAS EVIL is a christmas classic indeed.
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The film opens on the night of Christmas Eve in 1947. Young Harry Stadling who believes in Santa Claus, catches his mother being sexually groped by Santa who an actuality is his father who's donning a Santa outfit. Having idolized Santa his entire life and taken aback by what he has just witnessed, Harry rushes to the attic, shatters a snow globe and cuts his hand with a shard of the glass from the globe.

Decades later, it's now 1980 and Harry is now an adult who works a lowly position at the Jolly Dreams toy factory with crooked co-workers. As Christmas draws closer, Harry falls into a slight depression, feeling that his most of his co-workers are deceitful and that most people generally take him for granted and are out to get him. Then one night, Harry has a breakdown and suddenly comes under the impression that he's Santa Claus.

Harry no longer in his right mind, dresses as Santa on Christmas Eve and goes out on the town and looks to reward the good with presents while he makes all who have wronged him pay...in their own blood.

Overall: Not exactly sure what to say about Christmas Evil. This doesn't seem like much of a horror but maybe a thriller. It also seems to be one of those movies where everything that happens is up to the viewer's interpretation. This can definitely be said about the rather unexpected ending this movie has as well. Our main character, Harry is our would-be villain; but is he really the bad guy if he's slaying those who've done wrong to him? The film does a good job at making you sympathize for the would-be villain but I can't tell if it's intentional or unintentional. Overall, Christmas Evil is a decent "horror" film but I personally don't think it's all that a lot of people are making it out to be. The plot and acting is acceptable but it's just the ending that leaves you scratching your head and wondering how, where, and why it fits in with the overall story.
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