Independent filmmaker Troy Escamilla knows all about yuletide terror, having directed the Christmas slasher Mrs. Claus.
We caught up with Troy to find out his Top 5 Christmas horrors –
BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) – Not only my favourite holiday-themed film of all time but also my favourite horror film of all time. A masterpiece of suspense that doesn’t nearly get the credit it deserves for its influence on the genre.
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984) – Controversy aside, I actually find this a superbly crafted and paced film that, unlike many 80’s slashers, actually allows us to spend time with the antagonist and succeeds in making us sympathize with him. Couple that with memorable death sequences and a heavy Christmas atmosphere, and this one is definitely an annual must-watch.
INSIDE (2007) – Though not as Christmasy as the other films on this list, it does count since it takes place on Christmas Eve. This French home invasion film is one of the most visceral and brutal films I’ve ever seen and, in my opinion, is one of the best horror films of the last twenty years.
BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006) – While it doesn’t hold a candle to the original in any way, this remake still manages to be a gory blast from start to finish! Extra points for it really amping up the Christmas atmosphere!
ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (2015) – This one is indie all the way but goes to show with a lot of passion, one can still make a unique and fresh Killer Santa flick! And boy is this killer Santa creepy and brutal! This one also succeeds at drenching every frame in the Christmas atmosphere. One of new favs that deserves more recognition.