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Santa is never cheery in the slew of Christmas horror flicks made over the years.

'Tis the season to be slashing: Christmas horror flicks abound


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"Santa's Slay" -- Starring professional wrestler Bill Goldberg and Bill Paxson's son on "Big Love," this is a silly killer Christmas movie that clearly is not heavy on acting chops. Unfortunately the plot is pretty thin too, with the film based on the premise that Santa is actually Satan's son who lost a bet and had to be good for 1,000 years. But with the time run out Santa decides to start killing people. Yes, this was a movie that got made.

"Child's Play" -- In this Christmas horror film that sunk the "My Buddy" franchise and made you look sideways at your Teddy Ruxpin doll, everyone's favorite red-headed spree-killing doll goes off hard. Serial killer Charles Lee Ray uses a voodoo ritual to store his soul in a "Good Guy Doll" which ends up under the Christmas tree of an unsuspecting family. The doll, Chucky, tells the boy about his evil deeds, and by the time his parents believe him they were already shooting the sequel.

"Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" -- This 2010 Finnish film is much better looking than the bulk of holiday horror, but the premise is just as bizarre. A group of archeologist uncover Santa's subterranean layer and take him hostage. The creepy looking Santa and his elves start unleashing hell on the nearby townspeople and his captors.

"Dead End" -- When a family on the way to the in-laws on Christmas Eve takes a short cut bad things happen, and I'm not talking about arriving at the in-laws sooner. This psychological thriller makes the case for the worst road trip ever with the family members dropping one by one as they make their way to Grandma's house.

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sandstorm | Dec. 6, 2010 at 10:56 a.m. (report)

he was also in The Sting. i remember his son was a Spicoli-esque stoner in high school.

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bobonmilwaukee | Dec. 4, 2010 at 9:58 a.m. (report)

Sandstorm, that is great. I think next Christmas I might have to track him down for an interview.

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sandstorm | Dec. 3, 2010 at 11:26 a.m. (report)

Wisconsin born (La Crosse) actor Charlie Diercup starred in Silent Night, Deadly Night as the killer Santa. not sure what compelled me to post this. carry on...

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dagwentim | Dec. 1, 2010 at 10:51 p.m. (report)

the original BLACK CHRISTMAS is awesome...i still remember renting it the FIRST Christmas we had a VCR.....it was quite the counterpoint to A CHRISTMAS STORY!

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