Pull up an eggnog, and a wingback chair! We’re gathering ’round the roaring fireplace this Horror Short Sunday for a bit of holiday fear with the festive slasher comedy Christmas Evil (2015). This ho-ho-horror short is directed by Michael Peeling, and co-written by Peeling and Braeden Gosse. They also star in the film alongside Leo Sciara, and Melanie McKechnie.
Here is a summary:
Christmas is a time for giving, love, and family. But for the one-eyed, former locksmith apprentice Dakota Flannery, it’s a time for bloody vengeance. Years ago, the notorious Christmas Eve Killer slayed Flannery’s wife and jolly old St. Nick right before his very eyes, and in doing so claimed Santa’s throne. Now Flannery is on a mission to hunt down the murderous Santa Claus, and deck the halls with bows of carnage. Revenge is a dish best served with milk and cookies.
Christmas Evil was created for the 2015 Toronto 48 Hour Film Project, and this little Christmas miracle is a rather impressive accomplishment in such a short amount of time. Michael Peeling wisely focuses his energy on a solid script and punchy humor to carry Christmas Evil, and the comedy hits all the right notes. The film challenge’s requirements are listed in the Vimeo description, and Peeling embraces the ridiculousness to make it flow together seamlessly.
Dakota Flannery is a hilarious combination of Isaiah Amir Mustafa’s Old Spice Guy, and a Metal Gear Solid Big Boss cosplayer in tweed. Flannery’s quirky narration dubbed over this dark Christmas tale gives it the tone of a neo-noir film with a goofy holiday twist. The witty dialogue peppered with Christmas lore references will have you chuckling from start to finish.
You can watch the full holiday horror short below, and be sure to stick around for the comical end credits sequence!
What are some of your favorite holiday themed horror shorts? Check out our other Horror Short Sunday picks, and have a happy and safe holiday season!