Though films like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Black Christmas no doubt represent the cream of the crop when it comes to horror movies set during the most joyful time of the year, there are dozens of holiday horror flicks that are often overlooked by the majority of fans, including such gems as Christmas Evil and Santa’s Slay.
Though I wouldn’t exactly call it a gem, it simply wouldn’t be right to talk Christmas horror without mentioning 1980’s To All a Goodnight, which predates the Santa slasher craze by a few years.
Released nearly a full year prior to Christmas Evil, and directed by Last House on the Left star David Hess, To All a Goodnight sees a group of sorority sisters being slashed up by a killer dressed as Santa Claus – four years before Silent Night, Deadly Night was picketed and pulled from theaters for its depiction of a killer Santa!
As I sit here typing up this post, Hess’ directorial debut has still to this day NEVER been released on any format other than VHS, which has made that original tape a fairly rare and valuable one. But all that changes this coming October, as the film finally gets some home video lovin’.
On October 21st, Kino Lorber releases To All a Goodnight on both DVD & Blu-ray, at long last bringing the original Santa slasher flick out of the realm of VHS obscurity. It doesn’t appear as if any special features will be included on either disc, but what matters here is that the movie is finally seeing a modern day release.
In the meantime, check out the original trailer for the film below!
On a related note, Silent Night, Deadly Night makes its Blu-ray debut on September 16th, and a pre-order of both releases will qualify you for Amazon’s free shipping!