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The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXIV: Ho Ho Horror!


ATMOSfx! Woo!
Santa Claus is coming to town! (With a bow and arrows) Robert Brian Wilson in Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)
Ohhhhh, you’d better watch out, you’d better not cry! You’d better not pout I’m telling you why! Santa Claus has a wood ax, for you! It is mind-boggling how many horror movies have been themed around Santa Claus. Do we all have deep-seated childhood fears of Saint Nick? Yes, yes we do. Listen to the Scariest Things Episode 114 for some Christmas-themed horror films for you to watch when you’re on holiday.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, for horror films! Think of this as a seasonal home-invasion theme. Think of it. Santa Claus may be the only being who is allowed to sneak into your house uninvited and demand offerings. Granted, he does leave some generous loot, but still, at best isn’t this trespassing, if not breaking and entering? Maybe this is the reason why Christmas horror films keep getting made. Or, maybe it’s the gnawing fear of that odd-smelling mall Santa. I never wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. I knew he was an imposter, and that it was really my folks leaving me presents under the tree.

As a youngster, I deduced this because we did not have a chimney. No chimney. No Santa. Santa is a fake! Santa is a fake… Santa’s a dangerous stranger out to get me! Easy logic, right?

Christmas also, not by accident right around the winter solstice. In the northern hemisphere, that means less daylight. Underneath all those patio lights and glowy snowmen, are the darkest days of the year, literally. So maybe there’s the genre hitting the darkened mood. But I think that really, what horror fans want is a break from all the commercial happy talk, and see the holiday turned on its head.

So, ho ho here we go! Here are the Scariest Things yule-tide favorites.

As an added bonus, as a Scariest Things holiday tradition, we have attached the screener of TREEVENGE to get you into the holiday spirit! Merry Christmas from all of us at The Scariest Things!

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