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A Christmas Horror Story: You better be good for goodness sake

Santa (George Buza) himself epically impales an angry horde of elfin zombies in A Christmas Horror Story.

3.5 out of 4 stars

A Christmas Horror Story
Written by
Doug Taylor, Sarah Larsen, James Kee and Pascal Trottier
Directed by
Grant Harvey, Brett Sullivan and Steven Hoban
William Shatner, George Buza and Rob Archer

Now Dasher, now slasher? It is a quasi tradition to open one gift on Christmas Eve, but this new scary seasonal offers four: Four stories, wrapped loosely with one another, held together by theme – let's just say you better be good for goodness sakes – and the cozy narration of an eggnog-swilling disc jockey (played by an excellently rugged William Shatner) full of holiday spirits.

Things aren't the same for a trespassing young family after they cut down a Christmas tree in the woods. A schoolhouse murder one year earlier continues to haunt. The anti-Santa known as the horned-beast Krampus pays a visit. And Santa himself epically impales an angry horde of elfin zombies. Talk about your open slay. All that and a little teen sex and anti-commercialism message, too.

This smart, zippy, bloody frightster is a Canadian-made gift that will continue to give, in the best possible ho-ho-ho horror way.

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