Christmas is known as a joyous time for families to come together and exchange presents. For me personally, the winter holidays always fill me with a sense of dread because it means going broke out of obligation to my loved ones, listening to the same god-awful music at every shopping mall for three months and attending church services despite the fact I gave up my faith years ago. Luckily, there are others who have felt that same dread and have put their energy towards making Christmas horror movies. Now every year, us horror fans can look forward to watching films about killer Santa Clauses, snowmen from hell and the folklore demon known as Krampus.
There are so many Christmas horror movies to keep track of that a book is now in the works to examine the phenomenon of the movie subgenre. Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television is a collection of over 20 essays and interviews on holiday horror, as well as a critical anthology of nearly 200 Christmas horror films. The book is being published by Spectacular Optical, and will feature articles by movie critics such Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Shelagh Rowan-Legg (The Spanish Fantastic), Michael Gingold (Rue Morgue), Andrea Subissati (also Rue Morgue), as well as the co-editors Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe. The pièce-de-résistance for me will have to be the comic movie reviews by Montreal artist Rick Trembles (Motion Picture Purgatory).
The editors are still in the process of gathering funds for publication on Indiegogo, with a $14,000 goal. Backers will be able to get a copy of the book for only $25, but for those of you who wish to pitch more money towards the cause, you can receive DVDs of Christmas horror classics like Jack Frost, Christmas Evil and a new horror short called We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea by Sean Hogan. There’s also coffee mugs, card sets and a Gremlins Christmas sweater up for grabs. And if you’re feeling incredibly generous, you can donate $2000 to be credited as an executive producer for the horror short.
You can check out the campaign here. Don’t wait until the holiday season to show some love!
You can also read an excerpt on Black Christmas, courtesy of Birth. Movies. Death.