A Christmas Horror Story

Genre:  Horror
Running Time:  99 min.
Release Date: October 23, 2015 - Toronto, Halifax - October 23, 2015 - Toronto, Halifax
DVD: November 24, 2015

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 14 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: George Buza, Rob Archer, William Shatner


After viewing a horrifying police video in which a cop does a walk-through of a crime scene of two teens who were murdered on Christmas Eve in a school basement, three teenagers plan to sneak into the basement and to get new footage of the crime scene for a school project. Molly, who wants to be a TV reporter, cameraman Dylan and sound guy Ben go into the basement of St. Joseph's Academy, which used to be part of a convent.

Caprice Bauer, who stole the keys to get Molly and the others into the school, goes with her family to visit an elderly aunt. After arriving at Aunt Edda’s imposing mansion, Caprice's little brother Duncan purposely drops and breaks a figurine of Krampus – an act that the frightening handyman warns will have serious consequences. Krampus is a mythological demon said to be the anti-Santa Claus who hunts down the wicked. Aunt Edda is horrified when she sees the broken remains of the figurine and orders the Bauers to leave immediately. Tonight isn’t just Christmas Eve... it’s also Krampusnacht, the time when Krampus gives naughty people what they deserve.

Meanwhile, Scott, the cop in the video, has been on stress leave since last year because of what he saw in the basement. He goes into the woods with his wife and seven-year-old son, Will, to get a Christmas tree. On the way back with the tree, Will goes missing. His parents search frantically and finally Will emerges from the hollow of an ominous, dead tree. His parents are relieved, but they soon realize something about Will is not quite... right.

Director: Brett Sullivan, Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Steven Hoban, Mark Smith
Screenplay: James Kee, Sarah Larsen, Doug Taylor, Pascal Trottier

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  • 1 star "Sad to say, I wasn't surprised as a Canadian to see the final credits tell me what I already knew. A Canadian made junkfest. Totally unwatchable. Had to leave the room to get coffee twice to stay awake. The movie made the mistake of not having one single character that the audience could give a damn about compounded by 4 unrelated and not even vaguely interlocking ridiculous stories including zombie elves, Krampus, teenagers locked in a basement on the anniversary of a grisly murder and a Griswald family gone bad. Ridiculous, horrible, waste of time. There's an hour and a half of my life I'll never get back. How come there are no minus stars ratings? I'd minus five this all the way to the bank."
  • 5 stars "I haven't had this much fun at a theatre in a long time. Saw this at Toronto After Dark Festival and it was the perfect mix of scares and horror fun. Shatner was DA BOMB in this movie too. **** out of ****"
  • 5 stars "I went in with no expectations, saw at Toronto After Dark Film Festival. It was great! A ton of fun, scary with a great twist and Shatner is really great. Worth seeing on a big screen"