"In contrast to most slasher flicks, this isn’t about anything as simple as revenge. [Director Lewis] Jackson’s concerns are bigger: social responsibility, personal morality, and the gaping gulf between society’s stated aims at Christmastime—charity, hope, goodwill to all men—and the plight of those left on the outside: the children, the mentally ill, the ones who don’t fit in" - Time Out
"The greatest Christmas movie ever made." - John Waters
Possibly the first film to feature a killer dressed up as Santa Claus - it predates Silent Night, Deadly Night - Christmas Evil has developed a cult following over the years for its tightrope act, delicately balancing the absurdity of its premise with penchant social commentary.
In suburban New Jersey, on Christmas Eve 1947, young Harry sees his mother being sexually groped by his father, who is dressed up as Santa. Mentally scarred from the experience, he suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.
Dir. Lewis Jackson. 1980. 100 min.