Wow! I though I’d never be able to publish this post! Talk about an ice storm! Didn’t have power for almost 2 days, so things were touch and go. And I don’t have to tell you that living on the 23rd floor of a highrise is no freaking fun in a power outage.
Anyhoo, I thought I’d post my top 5 go-to films for Christmas. In my pixie brain, Christmas is a time of eating, giving and freaking out over holiday themed horror. After all, isn’t Christmas also the time of creepy folklore, sci-fi and slashers too?
Number 5 for me is Troll Hunter (2010). Not exactly a Christmas movie, but it’s set in winter, and these trolls eat Christians, so close enough. Students attempt to make a documentary about bear poachers and unwittingly follow a secret service type troll hunter, who opens their eyes to real live trolls. This Norwegian mockumentary was really well done, with tongue-in-cheek references to 3 Billy Goats Gruff, and dry delivery of troll facts by the troll hunter himself (Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen). There are also great CGI effects and the trolls themselves are quite a treat to see. My favourite scene involves the students getting trapped in a troll cave with stinky, sleeping trolls. Fun times!
Number 4 is the Dr. Who Christmas special The Snowmen (2012). I’ve been a fan of the Doctor since I was a kid watching black and white episodes on T.V Ontario every Sunday night. There’s been a lot of hoopla about the doctor of late with the changing of the guard so to speak, as the newest incarnation of the character will be revealed on Christmas Day. Die hard fans everywhere have wholeheartedly supported the new seasons, and even though some of those plots were multi-layered and a bit frustrating, I loved The Snowmen special. I think they had me when I saw snowmen with razor-sharp teeth. How can anyone make something so benign as a snowman terrifying? Well it worked! After the Doctor loses Rory and Amy, he is thrown into a crazy plot that involves snarling snowmen, a “Great Intelligence”, a new companion by the way of governess Clara, Madame Vastra, Jenny, Strax and a mad scientist. Definitely worth a watch, and I can’t wait for this year’s Christmas special!
Number 3 has to be Gremlins (1984). How deceiving is this movie? What seems like an innocent Christmas caper film with a budding romance and cute fuzzy creatures becomes a war against sinister imps. Mogwai’s, 80’s sweetheart Phoebe Cates as Kate, wholesomely handsome Zach Galligan as our hero Billy, a baby Corey Feldman, and one of the most iconic creatures of the era (besides E.T. whose creator, Steven Spielberg, had a hand in bringing Gremlins to life) combine to bring us one of the most cheesy, scary, gory and memorable Christmas movies out there. I loved Billy’s dog, Barney, who had this “I told you so” look throughout the movie as they fought off the disgusting gremlins. No one can replace the family dog with some freaky creature. Just ask Barney!
Number 2 goes to Black Christmas (1974). I don’t really need to say much about this Canadian classic, other than it’s Canadian. It’s classic. The cast is pretty cool: Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Art Hindle, John Saxon, and Kier Dullea. It’s described as one of the first slasher films. It’s actually creepy and it reinforces the attic as a place of nightmares. And also why my mom never let me live on campus. ‘Nuff said.
The top spot goes to my favourite Christmas movie of all time: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010). I have already reviewed this holiday gem, so you can read about it here: https://rosemaryspixie.com/2012/12/24/mommy-santa-smells-funny/. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned Finnish Christmas Krampus story to make kids shiver in their boots. Stealin’ kids and eatin’ ’em. Doesn’t that spell holiday cheer to you? It sure does for me. Especially when Krampus gets all the bratty ones and makes them cry. Ah, Christmas!
So there you have it. My top 5 films for the horror-days. Enjoy, and please, let me know what your faves are! Have a Merry, scary Christmas and the best New Year from Rosemary’s Pixie!