Christmas Evil (1980)

Film Title

Christmas Evil (1980)

Synopsis

Traumatized at Christmas as a young boy, this Toy Factory worker slowly loses his mind and becomes a very creepy Christmas stalker and killer.

Director

Lewis Jackson

Cast

Brandon Maggart
Jeffery DeMunn
Dianne Hull
Gus Salud
Ellen McElduff

Christmas Evil (1980) was originally titled “You Better Watch Out”. [You can watch it on YouTube] If you are ever in the mood for a really depressingly wonderful Christmas Movie, look no further than Christmas Evil. This movie was originally billed as a routine Christmas Horror/Slasher flick. Somewhere along the way, it altered course into […]

Jack Frost (1998)

Film Title

Jack Frost (1998)

Synopsis

Jack Frost fails in life as a Dad, but fails even worse in death as a dreadful, reincarnated snowman

Director

Troy Miller

Cast

Michael Keaton
Kelley Preston
Joseph Cross
Mika Boreem
Mark Addy
Taylor Handley

Jack Frost (1998) Michael Keaton is one of my favorite actors and I consider him to be in an elite class of Hollywood actors that have performed in the past few decades. His accomplishments range from a dazzling performance in Beetlejuice, to one that won multiple Oscars in Birdman. I think he should have gotten […]

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

Film Title

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

Synopsis

Another unnecessary, gaudy and creepy Santa Claus movie

Director

Jeannot Szwarc

Cast

Dudley Moore
John Lithgow
David Huddleston
Burgess Meredith
A bunch of cheesy reindeer

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) You would think that the mash-up of Superman and the Santa Claus mythos would, at the very least, be interesting. You would be wrong. The Christopher Reeves starring Superman was such a hit that the producers decided to ape the origin story arc and apply it to Santa Claus. Interesting […]

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988)

Film Title

Christmas At Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1988)

Synopsis

It has been 30 years since the most glorious Christmas Special ever assembled.

Director

Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens

Cast

Paul Reubens
Diana Shore
Anne Funicello
Laurence Fishburne
S. Epatha Merkerson
Lynne Marie Stewart
Frankie Avalon
Cher
K.D. Lang
The Del Rubio Triplettes
Whoopi Goldberg
Grace Jones
Little Richard
Magic Johnson
Joan Rivers
Oprah Winfrey
Zsa Zsa Gabor
John Paragon
The Singing Marines
Vic Travino
Charo

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988) O.K., I know what you are thinking and I don’t blame you. This Christmas Review stuff has gone too far. On another, more rational day, I might agree with you. Today is not one of those days as I present Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988). As I sieved through what […]

Tree Man (2016)

Film Title

Tree Man (2016)

Synopsis

A documentary about the tradition of selling Christmas Trees in Manhattan

Director

Jon Reiner, Brad Rothschild

Cast

Francois (as himself)
His two young helpers
Various customers and citizens of New York

Tree Man (2016) Christmas is without a doubt the most celebrated, written about and confusing holiday that we celebrate in The United States. This has all been covered before in earlier rants, so I won’t write an essay about how it is a hijacked holiday. It is needless to say that the same people who […]

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Film Title

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Synopsis

Time to dig up the closest guarded secret about Christmas ever.

Director

Jalmari Helander

Cast

Onni Tomilla
Jorma Tomilla
Tommi Korpela
Rauno Juvonen
Per Christian Ellefsen
Jonathan Hutchings
Risto Salmi

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Oh those wacky Finns! Here at Ruthless we have had a long and strange relationship with Finland. This started it all and the shit-storm still rages 15 years later. Back in the day, viewers from Finland had to report to a special section of the now-defunct Roofless Forum for […]

Krampus (2015)

Film Title

Krampus (2015)

Synopsis

Krampus will make you re-think what you wish for as he brings his hellish toys to spoil Christmas

Director

Michael Doughtery

Cast

Emjay Anthony
Adam Scott
Tony Collette
Krista Stadler
Conchata Ferrell
Allison Tolman
David Koechner
Luke Hawker (Krampus)

Krampus (2015) is the second Christmas Horror movie involving this horned Christmas Devil that I have reviewed this season. I must admit that the old boy is starting to grow on me. Krampus is the mythological half-goat, half-human, who is the Yuletide equivalent of the floggings will continue until morale improves. This Christmas anti-Santa is […]

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

Film Title

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

Synopsis

The Lollipop Guild meets Misery and broad-beamed women

Director

Mark Waters

Cast

Billy Bob Thornton
Kathy Bates
Tony Cox
Christina Hendricks
Brett Kelly
Jenny Zigrino
Octavia Spencer

Bad Santa 2 (2016) The original Bad Santa was a hilarious gut-punch to everything traditionally Christmas, from the nauseating movie It’s a Wonderful Life to Santa’s plastic reindeer. Bad Santa 2 was just a 13 year later gut-punch to the viewer, one that no one needed. Sequels, especially much delayed sequels are always suspect, but […]

A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Film Title

A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Synopsis

An anthology of Christmas Eve horror stories are narrated by William Shatner.

Director

Grant Harvey

Cast

William Shatner
George Buza
Rob Archer (Krampus)
Corrine Conley
Zoe De Grand Maison
Shannon Kook
Alex Ozerov
Jeff Clarke



A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Yes, I know, it is only November and our readers might hate me for this, but I’m doing it anyway. Since I’ve already seen my first Black Friday ad I gave myself the go-ahead to start on this years Christmas Reviews. This year will be more challenging than ever as […]

(Un Conte de Nol) A Christmas Tale (2008)

Film Title

(Un Conte de Nol) A Christmas Tale (2008)

Synopsis

The need for a bone marrow transplant unites a family just in time for Christmas

Director

Arnaud Desplechin

Cast

Catherine Deneuve
Jean-Paul Roussillin
Anne Consigny
Emile Berling
Mathieu Amalric
Melvil Poupaud

In A Christmas Tale, the family deals with their defeats with sublime acquiescence, as though marching to the guillotine with a bottle of vodka in hand.