Wednesday, December 15, 2010
It Came From Netflix:Christmas Evil(1980)
I don't know what drugs director John Waters was on when he declared this 1980 film to be the 'greatest Christmas movie ever made'. No disrespect to the man, but he obviously had to have been high when he made that statement. If you want an ultra-violent, well-made movie about a Santa slasher, see Silent Night, Deadly Night.
If you wanna see prolonged, boring sequences interspersed with poor editing and WTF moments, then by all means watch this!
It starts when young Henry witness Santa caught in a naughty act with his mother thus causing a major disillusionment and a colossal psychological break with reality. We fast-forward years later to find Henry having a slight obession with Christmas and a habit of stalking children who have been naughty and nice. At the toy factory where he works, he has to deal with harried co-workers upset that they have to buy presents for their kids. To top that off, he also has to deal with greedy execs who put profit over quality.
All the pressures drive Harry insane(not that it takes much) and he takes his frustrations out one night. Along the way, he does show even killers can get into the spirit of giving.
While in theory, this makes for a great movie, in execution, it is piss poor. It takes 53 mins for the killings to begin and then we have to wait 15 mins more for the next round. And the ending? You just have to watch. I went numb when I saw it.