Don’t think that Halloween’s absence has to leave a huge horror hole in your holiday; Christmas has plenty of terrible things going on. There’s sober work parties, The Kardashian Kristmas Special, the mall, and time alone with your family. There’s also a great number of darkly-themed Christmas-y movies.
Part One in no particular order:
Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands is a fantastic film on it’s own. Throw in the gothic Christmas tones and you have dark holiday magic.
An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful teenage girl.
The ice dance is such a moving scene, a fresh face on the old beauty and the beast theme. Snow fills the sky as Ryder dances in Edward’s inspired ice sculpting. Maybe a sad movie, but they did get to know true love if only for a moment. It’s also Vincent Price’s last film.
A pregnant widow awaiting her ride to the hospital must fight for her life against a mysterious woman who comes knocking on her door in directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s daring tale of caesarian terror.
It’s French + Christmas Eve + Pregnant Woman + Mysterious Insane Woman = a blood-soaked holiday full of gore and anxiety-ridden scenes. Not for the squeamish. I loved it though. Truly gruesome without making it look like they tried too hard. Watch it with friends and eggnog.
Silent Night, Bloody Night
A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.
Missing this under-the-radar movie isn’t going to be as devastating as your parents getting you a Zune instead of the 160gb iPod that you asked for, but it is a cool flick. It’s got the holiday theme, big, spooky house, and the now cliche/classic mysterious phone calls. It’s legitimately full of dread and you can feel it in your bones. Watch it when your older relatives eventually nod off after a day of binging on ham and Sanka.
Well, kids, that was round one. I’ll have a few more up soon – between winter warmers and Christmas ales.