Movie Review: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY
After watching KRAMPUS: THE CHRISTMAS DEVIL–and the least said about that one, the better–I needed something Christmas-y and Horror-y to get the bad taste out of my mouth. I’m so glad I found A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY. In every way that the former movie got things wrong, the latter got it right. It’s royally fun. No, it’s not quite in the same league as Michael Dougherty’s KRAMPUS, which reigns as king of the Christmas Horror movies, having supplanted the original BLACK CHRISTMAS. But it’s good. After being subjected to that OTHER Krampus movie, I’ll take “good” any day of the week.
The creators credit PULP FICTION as an influence, and I can see it, but A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY more puts me in mind of Michael Dougherty’s OTHER holiday-themed Horror flick, 2007’s TRICK ‘R TREAT. It’s an anthology film, with different yet interconnected stories taking place at the same time. Any time you have a movie with Santa Claus and elves in it, there’s going to be an element of silliness that is unavoidable, no matter how serious you want your movie to be, The only solution is to embrace the silliness, the way they did with KRAMPUS, and the way they do with A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY. Possessed elves, who become zombie elves after they are killed and then resurrected. Silly. But fun. And then there’s a neat twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. (Probably should have, but I didn’t.)
After seeing that OTHER movie, I needed to see something in the same vein, but done right. As soon as the opening credits started, I knew this would be such a reprieve for me. Then I heard William Shatner’s voice, and I knew I was in good hands.
Check out A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY. I think you’ll like it.