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By James Whittington, Thursday 22nd December 2016 Christmas time; whether it fills you with a warm fuzzy festive glow, or fills you with nothing but family-fuelled dread, there is one thing that everyone loves (and needs after nativity plays, family catch-ups, and endless washing up), and that's the Christmas movie. I'm already looking forward to crashing on the sofa with my own form of Christmas escapism; a good horror. No Mary Poppins in my household. But what purpose does the Christmas horror serve? I see it partly as a much needed antidote to the arguably fake, predictable, consumerist machine that is Christmas. And let's face it, Christmas for most of us may be a time of present ripping, food gorging, drink slurping indulgence, but for many others it's a horrible, difficult time of year. Christmas is a time of extreme forced happiness, and perhaps the Christmas horror movie is a reflection of the dark side which is always there, simmering just beneath the surface, which we cannot escape for very long. In our quest to be good, giving citizens, even if it's just once a year, someone or something will always bring us back to Earth with a bump. For me the perfect Christmas horror has both Christmas spirit and devilish chaos in equal measure.
Horror Channel will of course be there for you, should you need to escape The Sound of Music, the Queen's speech, or listening to your parent-in-law's latest gardening/decorating exploits. This Saturday on Christmas Eve we bring you The Children at 9pm, but I warn you, you may never look at your own offspring, nieces or nephews the same again! Two families head to a woodland cottage to celebrate the Christmas holidays, but when the children all fall inexplicably ill, they succumb to irrational, violent, murderous behaviour, turning upon the adults in the most disturbing of ways.
Sunday December 25th then serves up the perfect Christmas horror with Silent Night starring Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King at 9pm. The film takes its inspiration from the real life Covina Massacre that took place in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 2008, when a depressed man dressed as Santa entered the house of his ex-wife, shot and killed nine people, then used a flame thrower to burn the evidence and bring the house down. How very festive. In the film, a very bad Santa isn't so much dashing as slashing through the snow, in an '80s-style Xmas slasher. The reprehensible individuals in a small Midwestern town find themselves on Santa's naughty hit list on Christmas Eve, but with the annual Santa parade in full swing, can the local sheriff expose the slayer behind the sleigh? Expect some very inventive and festive deaths here in this fun thrill ride of a horror including death by wood chipper and electrocution by fairy lights!
Get ready to unwrap our own little present just for you with Silent Night at 9pm on Christmas Day...
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