If Silent Night, Deadly Night was the comic horror X-mas fuck you that I was needing, Christmas Evil is the deeply dark and downer psychological X-mas filck I did not realize I needed.
What’s really impressive to me is how modern this film feels. Released in 1980, this character study delves into the cold and hollow personal loneliness of Harry Stadling (an astounding Brandon Maggart), psychically wounded in childhood, slowly losing it until suddenly losing it really fast.
Writer-director Lewis Jackson imagines a profoundly Freudian nightmare reaction to "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." One that traumatizes a kid into utter disillusionment of the facades of Christmas and all other social structures.
The scene in which Stadling (in Santa gear),…