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  • Christmas Evil

    Christmas Evil

    ★★★½

    Though “Silent Night, Deadly Night” got all the press, it was far from the first Christmas-set horror movie. It wasn’t even the first movie to feature a murderous Santa Claus. The low budget and very odd “Christmas Evil” must have slipped under the radar. The last feature credit of director Lewis Jackson, the movie was ignored for years. Various public domain releases exist, under titles such as “You Better Watch Out” (the original title and the one on the DVD)…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★

    Any time a crappy sitcom wants to do a Christmas episode, there’s about a fifty percent chance they’re going to recycle one of two stock plots. The first of which is a variation on “A Christmas Carol,” in which some asshole is visited by three ghosts that change his life. More often though, TV shows will reference “It’s a Wonderful Life.” That is, they’ll have someone wish they weren’t born, only to have an angel show them what the world…

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★

    Every year, I endeavor to see a newly released horror movie, preferably in the theaters. Because, while Halloween is about revisiting old favorites, it should be about new discoveries too. Of course, I did see a new horror movie in the theater this season, “Dracula Untold.” But that barely counts. I had other options, like fucking “Ouija,” ugh. The horror movie I really wanted to see, though, was “The Babadook,” a new Australian film that had been getting rave reviews…

  • The Return of the Living Dead

    The Return of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    While watching “Scream” this summer, I spent a lot of time thinking about post-modern horror. Naturally, Kevin Williamson didn’t do it first. Dan O’Bannon, a hugely successful and influential screenwriter that never got his due in his life time, beat him by a decade. Originally designed for director Tobe Hooper, O’Bannon injected the screenplay with his trademark inventiveness and quirky humor. “Return of the Living Dead” is textbook post-modern, referencing “Night of the Living Dead” explicitly. O’Bannon makes his intentions…