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By Emily Booth, Tuesday 15th December 2015 Yes, it’s that time of year again when us horror fiends swap Santa for Satan, dashing for slashing and singing for screaming in a bid to escape the myriad of Xmas clichés enforced upon us every single year! Horror Channel of course is always there to provide an antidote film wise and so this week I’ve decided to take a look at some of Horror Channel’s best Xmas Slashers past and present.
These snow tipped slashers began in the 70’s, the most famous and probably most chilling being Black Christmas (1974) which until recently was a regular popular staple on the channel. Starring Margot Kidder the film follows a sorority house tormented by obscene phone calls on Christmas Eve, and was one of the first films to adopt the ‘killers’ POV opening sequence which was later lifted in John Carpenter’s (equally brilliant) Halloween.
Silent Night Deadly Night is another seminal Christmas slasher we’ve had on the channel (1984) and takes the ‘psycho Santa’ approach as a young boy witnesses the murder of his parents by a killer in a Santa suit, eventually donning the famous outfit himself to wreak blood on the most ‘magical night of the year…! The film enjoyed a loose remake in 2012 simply titled Silent Night and this is to be our special Christmas Day UK TV Premiere.
Silent Night (2012) stars Jamie King and Malcolm McDowel as police officers trying to track down the psycho behind a string of festive kills complicated somewhat by an annual ‘Father Xmas parade’ heading through town! The joy of this film is largely in the seasonal murders, like death by Xmas Tree wood chipper! Silent Night gets its UK TV Premiere 25th December 10.55pm
But of course we do have some more Christmas fear for you on the channel for 2015 with a firm favourite; Christmas Evil (1980) following much the same storyline as Silent Night, as this has proved to be a popular theme! A psycho in a Santa suit decides who’s been good and who’s been bad in this fun Xmas chiller with a rather poignant and sad backstory and you can catch this on Christmas Day.
So remember while everyone else tunes in to The Queens Speech – how about joining us on the 25th December for Christmas Evil at 9pm followed by the UK TV premiere of Silent Night 10.55pm.
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