December 15, 2018

Horror in December

Winter horror

After reaching my limit with Christmas music, Christmas-themed TV commercials, and other Christmas-related nonsense earlier than usual this year, it dawned on me that the only way to get a reprieve was either to turn off my TV or watch material from other sources. I did the former for as long as I could stand it before remembering that I had filled my DVR up with horror movies that aired during October that I hadn't had time to watch. With a few exceptions, I'd much rather watch British horror flicks from the 1970s than any Christmas-related nonsense. If I can remember this lesson next year, I think I'll plan to do the same thing.

I think I have seen most of the horror movies that use Christmas imagery, but the only one I really like is Black Christmas (1974). I suppose Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) isn't bad either. Some of the others were entertaining the first time around but don't hold up that well once the novelty wears off. I really wanted to like Krampus (2015) because I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make a genuinely scary Christmas horror film, but it did not deliver the scares.

One of the films I had saved on my DVR was From Beyond the Grave (1974). I'm not sure how I'd missed it before, but this was the first time I watched it. It was an anthology, and I do not usually like those. In this case, though, I thought that three of the four stories were worthwhile. It was really only the last one I couldn't get into. It was also cool to see a young Donald Pleasence in one of the stories. I sometimes forget that he had been around for quite a while before Halloween (1978).

Yes, I am well aware that most atheists enjoy Christmas. I just don't happen to be one of them. It does not bother me that others enjoy it, but I'd prefer not to be around them while they do so. Maybe I should just view late December as an opportunity to revisit my favorite part of Halloween (i.e., the horror movies). If I did that, I suspect I'd enjoy it much more.