99 minutes – Horror, Anthology
Festival release date: July 20, 2015 (Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal)
Canadian Distributor: Copperhead Entertainment
A Christmas Horror Story is in fact three stories. This anthology of fright comes from writers Doug Taylor, Sarah Larsen, James Kee and Pascal Trottier. Santa’s trusty elves become flesh-hungry monsters in the first story, which centers on a mysterious disease that sweeps through the North Pole, transforming the elves into the ravenous undead. Santa and the Missus wage a desperate battle for survival. The mythical demon Krampus comes to life in the second, with the wicked Bauer family discovering that the stories of an evil Santa Claus are all too real. And they will be punished for their dastardly deeds. And in the third and final tale of this holiday horror anthology, a troubled cop takes his wife and young son out to pick up the perfect Christmas tree, which stands tall on land owned by the nefarious Big Earl. Daddy goes missing on Big Earl’s land, and when he turns up again, he isn’t quite himself.