Series: Merry Scary Christmas

Merry Scary Christmas: Batman Returns

Welcome to WWAC’s Merry Scary Christmas: twelve days of thrills, chills, deadly santas, melancholy, and murder. In this first part, Kayleigh looks at perennial Christmas favourite, Batman Returns. Batman Returns Starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken Directed by Tim Burton 1992 Batman Returns is the scariest superhero film ever made. Dissect the plot of Batman Returns, Tim Burton’s sequel to 1989’s Batman, and you have enough material for several horror films. A young boy, traumatized by the murder of his parents, grows up to disguise himself as a creature who will terrify the criminal underworld. Inside...

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Merry Scary Christmas: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Welcome to WWAC’s Merry Scary Christmas: twelve days of thrills, chills, deadly santas, melancholy, and murder. In part one of the series, Kayleigh reviewed Batman Returns. This time she braves Silent Night, Deadly Night. Silent Night, Deadly Night Starring Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan Chauvin, Linnea Quigley Directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr. 1984 Christmas Eve is the scariest damn night of the year! –Grandpa Chapman Every December, they start showing up on your Facebook or Tumblr feeds: awkward, ugly, sometimes faded photographs of kids crying or screaming on Santa’s lap. Like photos of us at Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties,...

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Merry Scary Christmas: Child’s Play

Child’s Play Directed: Tom Holland Starring: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif 82 mins, R Child’s Play isn’t about Christmas, but it is a wintry movie about the perils of gift-giving, and it was on constant television rotation during the holidays when I was younger. The movie is therefore inextricably linked to Christmas and New Years in my mind: a terrible-wonderful, too-brief, plastic killing spree. With the franchise four sequels deep and with two comic book spinoffs, I’m sure you’ve heard of Chucky the murder doll, but have you seen the original fim? I make no assumptions —...

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Merry Scary Christmas: Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Directed: Burny Mattinson Voiced by Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith 26 mins, G It shouldn’t be surprising that Mickey’s Christmas Carol is so disturbing. Obviously it’s based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which itself was based on an age old tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas and/or Yuletide. The stories are meant to be a mixture of festivity and spookiness. It’s also needless to say that Disney itself has a tendency towards dark and twisted plotlines. But neither of these customs lessens the blow of seeing Scrooge McDuck fall into Hell. Mickey’s Christmas...

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Merry Scary Christmas: Saint

Saint Dick Maas Parachute Pictures Netherlands It’s night, and a gang of outlaws charge through the streets of a medieval village, led by a man in a bishop’s outfit, to attach a list of demands on a door before retreating to their ship. The villagers are tired of this gang’s demands, and prove themselves surprisingly adept at murder when they burn the gang’s ship, killing all the bad guys. Including Santa Claus. Sint is a Dutch movie with terrible dubbing based on the original folklore surrounding Sinterklaas, the source of our Western image of Santa Claus, but with a...

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