It’s a funny ol’ thing: Guess the studios figured that after the tension of all those family reunions last week, audiences would need to vent some of that sublimated hostility. So this week, depending on where you live, you could spend time with a sadistic murderer with a penchant for elaborate death traps in THE COLLECTION, or with a sadistic murderer with a penchant for weeding out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in the Xmas-themed SILENT NIGHT.
And if neither of those openings quite fit your taste, well, you’re probably not alone. So after quickly giving their impressions of this week’s two (relatively) big openings, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons round up some more-desirable, and some less-desirable, holiday-themed horror films to feed your winter-depression-fueled blood lust. Among the titles discussed: GREMLINS, JACK FROST, BLACK CHRISTMAS, and the off-kilter Finnish film, RARE EXPORTS.
Then, Larry gives his quick impression of HITCHCOCK, and Dan briefly reviews the fanciful new Hong Kong martial arts film, DRAGON. Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week. Oh, who are we kidding? Nothing’s coming to theaters next week. Save up that energy for THE HOBBIT.
Anchor Bay Films opens this “loose remake” of SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT in limited engagements, including a stint at the Regency Planet 16. Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) and Jamie King (MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D) star as a small-town sheriff and deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. He’s made his list, checked it twice, and the naughty are going to pay with their lives.
Steven C. Miller (whose no-budget zombie opus AUTOMATON TRANSFUSION showed promise) directed from a screenplay by Jayson Rothwell. The cast also includes Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D, Blade), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, X-Men First Class), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World).
The film will also be playing at the AMC Orange 30 in Orange County.
Release Date: November 30
Owings Mills – AMC Owings Mills 17
South Barrington – AMC 30
Grapevine – AMC Grapevine Mills 30
Sterling Heights – AMC Forum 30
AMC Gulf Pointe 30
Van Nuys – Regency Plant 16
Orange County – AMC Orange 30
AMC Downtown Disney 24
Manhattan – AMC Empire 25
Bensalem – AMC Neshaminy 24
AMC Arizona Center 34