Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas (or happy whatever you may celebrate)! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, iHorror’s back with another batch of free movies for your viewing pleasure. This week’s offerings are all Christmas horror movies, so make sure your stockings are hung by the chimney with care and click on these links for a yuletide scare!
Not to be confused with the Michael Keaton children’s movie of the same name, Jack Frost is about a condemned killer whose prison transport collides with a chemical truck, soaking the convict in a substance which basically turns him into water with the ability to freeze and unfreeze at will – a human snowman. He promptly goes after the cop who arrested him. This 1997 straight-to-video gem is fantastically cheezy, but it is a ton of fun, especially if viewed with a group of friends. This one features a young Shannon Elizabeth, who also happens to be in the most memorable scene in the film…let’s just say, bathtubs are filled with water, and water can freeze into a murderous snowman. Jack Frost can be seen here at Popcornflix.on YouTube and, if you want more, the sequel, Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman, is right
To All a Goodnight
Coming out in 1980 (which was a good four years before the benchmark killer Santa movie Silent Night, Deadly Night was made), To All a Goodnight is the story of a group of kids at a boarding school who are being stalked and murdered by a strange person who is dressed as jolly Old Saint Nick. At first glance, the film is a standard clichéd slasher. It’s only when you consider that it was released the same year as the first Friday the 13th movie that you can see how ahead of its time the film really was. This proto-Christmas slasher was directed by David Hess (who starred in Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left) and written by Alex Rebar (who starred in The Incredible Melting Man). It can be watched here on YouTube.
While we’re on the subject of killer Santas, Christmas Evil is another 1980 slasher that features a murderer who dresses in a Kris Kringle outfit. Christmas Evil is a lot closer in plot and motivation to Silent Night, Deadly Night, with the killer being mentally scarred as a child by a guy in a Santa suit, but isn’t quite as disturbing and, therefore, wasn’t as controversial in its day. It was still years ahead of its time, and it’s still a very entertaining movie (with an amazing title). Also known as You Better Watch Out and Terror in Toyland. Check it outat BMovies.com.
P2 is not really a Christmas movie, but it takes place on Christmas Eve so it counts. The movie is about a young woman who, after getting stuck late at work, finds herself trapped alone in a parking structure with a psychotic killer. It’s a fairly suspenseful contained thriller, surprisingly entertaining considering there’s absolutely no mystery regarding the identity of the stalker. This 2007 film was directed by Frank Khalfoun and written by Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur, the same team that was behind last year’s awesome Maniac remake. P2 is slick, well made, and a fresh take on the obsessed psycho subgenre. See iton Hulu.
Silent Night, Bloody Night
Once an older movie has its copyright expire and falls into the public domain, it shows up on every “50 movies for $5” DVD collection imaginable. Such is the case with Silent Night, Bloody Night – it can be found everywhere. So, here it is. Like P2, this 1972 film has little to do with the holiday of Christmas aside from the date on which it is set. The movie itself is about an ex-mental asylum that is being sold by the dead owner’s grandson. People start to suspect that the lunatics are still in the place when everyone involved with the sale of the building ends up being slaughtered. It’s too disjointed and surreal to be considered a masterpiece, but Silent Night, Bloody Night is a cool combination of a slasher and a haunted house movie. Check it outat BMovies.com.
Bonus Movie – Merry Christmas!
Silent Night, Zombie Night
Of course, because it’s the newest trend, we can’t get away without a zombie movie. Silent Night, Zombie Night is a 2009 movie about a zombie outbreak in Los Angeles that occurs just a week before Christmas. It’s similar to The Walking Dead in more ways than one, but the film isn’t a bad zombie movie; it’s just that the subgenre is too oversaturated for anything to really float to the top anymore. If you’re not tired of zombies yet, Silent Night, Zombie Night is waiting for you right here on Hulu.