A Christmas Horror Story
|A Christmas Horror Story|
Theatrical release poster
Zoé De Grand Maison
|Music by||Alex Khaskin|
D. Gillian Truster
Image Entertainment (DVD)|
RLJ Entertainment (all media)
A Christmas Horror Story is a 2015 anthology horror film directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, and Brett Sullivan. It premiered on July 20, 2015 at the Fantasia International Film Festival and had a limited theatrical release on October 2, 2015, along with a VOD release. The film is a series of interwoven stories tied together by a framework story featuring William Shatner as a radio DJ.
Dangerous Dan (William Shatner) is an alcoholic radio DJ stuck pulling a long shift at the Bailey Downs radio station during Christmas. During his broadcast, a series of four stories are witnessed:
Dylan (Shannon Kook), Ben (Alex Ozerov), and Molly Simon (Zoé De Grand Maison) have decided to break into their school, which used to be a convent, in order to investigate the murders of two students, one of whom was Dan’s grandson, that occurred in the school's basement the year prior. Their friend, Caprice (Amy Forsyth), was supposed to go, but she instead has to go with her parents out of town. The three of them end up getting locked in the basement. Molly becomes possessed after witnessing a bloody ghost and tries to seduce the others. When Dylan refuses her, Molly kills him. Ben agrees to have sex and after the act is finished, the ghost leaves Molly's body. Upon waking Molly, reveals that the ghost is actually a pregnant teenager who died back when the school was a convent after the convent's nuns gave her a gruesome surgery to remove the baby. The ghost is only interested in having someone give birth to her child and if someone refuses, they're murdered – explaining last year's deaths. Despite impregnating Molly, the ghost sees Ben holding a weapon which the ghost views a threat, and the ghost kills him. The ghost then unlocks the door and allows Molly to leave.
Scott Peters (Adrian Holmes) is a police officer, but this doesn't stop him from going into woods owned by "Big Earl" (Alan C. Peterson) with his family to illegally chop down a Christmas tree for his family. During the trek, Scott's son Will (Orion John) wanders off and is lost. He and his wife Kim (Oluniké Adeliyi) manage to find Will inside of a tree and are overjoyed to find him. This joy is short lived after Will begins to act strangely, culminating in Big Earl contacting the family to warn them that Will is actually a changeling. After the changeling kills Scott, Kim brings the changeling to Big Earl, who states that he's unable to help her find her son because it is up to the changelings. This ultimately ends with Kim shooting Big Earl, who was containing the changelings in the grove. Finally free, the changeling returns to his home and frees Will.
Caprice and her younger brother Duncan (Percy Hynes White) are traveling with their parents Taylor (Jeff Clark) and Diane (Michelle Nolden) in order to visit their elderly Aunt Etta (Corrine Conley). During their visit, Etta tells them about the mythological creature Krampus (Rob Archer), which frightens Caprice – especially after Duncan purposely misbehaves in an attempt to irritate Etta's caretaker, Gerhardt (Julian Richings). Their parents decide to take the children home at Etta's insistence but on the way the family ends up getting into a car accident, making it necessary for them to walk. Aware that they were being hunted by Krampus because they acted badly, the family members take refuge in a church where they confessed their sins in belief that Krampus will leave them if they do so. However, they are picked off one by one until only Caprice remains. Caprice manages to flee to Great-Aunt Etta's house. She is successful in killing Krampus who transforms into Gerhardt. It's revealed that he transformed into Krampus due to his anger over the family's actions and that Etta was fully aware that this would happen. Furious, Caprice's anger causes her to transform into Krampus and she attacks Etta.
While preparing for a busy Christmas, Santa Claus (George Buza) discovers that all of his elves and his wife have turned into zombies after one of the infected elves dies following a fit of rage. He manages to kill them all, but is then forced to fight against Krampus. However, during the battle, it's revealed that "Santa" is actually a Mall Santa named Norman (who was the weather forecaster on Dangerous Dan's radio show) that had a psychotic break while working overtime that caused him to see regular mall goers as zombies during the Christmas Food Drive. The police arrive and manage to gun him down just as he's about to kill "Krampus", revealed to be the mall's manager, Mr. Taylor.
This is the disturbance at the mall that Dangerous Dan has been mentioning through his broadcast.
- William Shatner as DJ Dangerous Dan
- George Buza as Santa Claus/Norman
- Rob Archer as Krampus
- Zoé De Grand Maison as Molly Simon
- Alex Ozerov as Ben
- Shannon Kook as Dylan
- Amy Forsyth as Caprice Bauer
- Jeff Clark as Taylor
- Michelle Nolden as Diane Bauer
- Adrian Holmes as Scott
- Oluniké Adeliyi as Kim Peters
- Orion John as Will
- A.C. Peterson as Big Earl
- Percy Hynes White as Duncan
- Corinne Conley as Aunt Edda
- Julian Richings as Gerhardt
- Debra McCabe as Marta Claus
- Joe Silvaggio as Jingles, Changeling
- Damir Andre as Principal Herod
- Jessica Clement as Grace
- Ken Hall as Shiny Elf
- Korina Rothery as Sparkles Elf
- Jonathan H. Caines as Wire Elf
- Brad Bennett as Chomping Elf
- Paige Moyles as Sobbing Teen
- Glen Gaston as Middle-Age Man
- Eric Woolfe as Foreman Elf
- Krampus, a 2015 horror film that also features the Krampus folklore
- Silent Night, a 2012 horror film that is centered around Christmas
- Tales of Halloween, a 2015 horror anthology film that is also centered around a holiday
- Trick 'r Treat, a 2007 anthology horror film that is also centered around a holiday
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- Evry, Max. "A Christmas Horror Story Trailer: Krampus Comes to Town with a Vengeance". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
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