In the horror genre, anthologies are making a huge comeback. After the popularity of the V/H/S series, The ABC’s of Death series and movies like Trick ‘r’ Treat, the anthology horror film really seems to be coming back to life. Many new anthologies are on the way including XX, with all segments directed by female directors, and Tales of Halloween which is playing festivals and the like right now. But before catching those there is a great new anthology out right now and timed perfectly for the upcoming holiday season, A Christmas Horror Story, from the makers of the Canadian horror classic Ginger Snaps.
In the town of Bailey Downs, there seems to be some sinister happenings this Christmas. DJ Dan (William Shatner) is a radio DJ stuck pulling a long shift during the holiday and during the span of his broadcast we visit 4 stories happening at the same time. A group of teenagers break into their school at night to investigate a murder that happened there the previous Christmas, a couple out to find a tree to cut down with their son discover he might have something disturbingly wrong with him, a greedy family out to claim an inheritance brings about the wrath of Krampus, a Christmas demon, and Santa Claus himself must deal with an infection at the North Pole that is turning all of his elves into bloodthirsty zombies.
A Christmas Horror Story is an absolute blast and a real throwback to the classic anthologies of the past like Tales from the Crypt, Twilight Zone and Tales from the Darkside. The cast is all great with the real standouts being Shatner and George Buza as Santa. All of the stories are very entertaining and well written, especially the last story about Krampus and the recurring Santa and zombie elves story. Krampus seems to be the new in thing for horror this year with no less than 3 films tackling the festive demon. You get some great scares, great gore, lots of laughs and a ton of overall fun. And the production value is superb, much better than you would expect in this budget range. The film looks great, is filmed beautifully, has great makeup and effects and the Blu-ray transfer is excellent. A Christmas Horror Story is destined to become a horror holiday classic much in the same way Trick ‘r’ Treat has become a new Halloween classic. Highly recommended.