'Christmas Evil'

'Christmas Evil' (1980) Predating “Silent Night, Deadly Night” by four years, this little-seen shocker about a deranged man who dresses in a Santa suit and hacks people up somehow escaped the widespread condemnation of “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and has admirers in high places (John Waters is reportedly a big fan). What sets this Santa-hacking-up-people movie from the rest of the pack, however, is its shocker of an ending. Part-whimsy, part-camp, the ending of “Christmas Evil” turns it into the “Being There” of homicidal Santa movies.
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