Film #349: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY
A Christmas Horror Story
2 out of 5 stars
From the folks who brought you the GINGER SNAPS series comes a Christmas-based anthology film. William Shatner and a cast of virtual unknowns escort us through four tales centered around the holiday. Shatner, as a radio DJ cliché, is our narrator (and here solely to pick up a pay check) and helps provide the connective material necessary for the four tales to gel at the end. The stories (a family brings something home with their Christmas tree, a student documentary about a local killing yields expected results, a family is stalked by Krampus, and Santa fights off a horde of undead zombie elves) are cliché and rather uneventful. What makes it worse is that, rather than like most anthologies, the tales aren’t told sequentially, but rather they are interwoven with one another. The resulting film is jarring and almost intentionally confusing. Further, any established tension / energy is killed by the lurching jumps in narrative. What little FX there are in the film are practical, so… thank goodness for that. The Krampus monster is especially noteworthy (see above). In the end, A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY is a rather tedious and confounding little holiday-based genre film that stumbles from its first footfall out of the gate and continues to do so until its forehead-slapping conclusion. See it if you absolutely MUST see a Christmas-based horror film and you’ve already seen everything else.