Vinegar Syndrome announced this past week that writer/director Lewis Jackson’s 1980 cult horror gem, Christmas Evil, will be available at retail on Nov. 18 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
Little Harry sees mom doing the nasty with Santa Claus (actually his father) one Christmas Eve and his little brain just snaps. Skip ahead a few years and he is now an adult (played by Brandon Maggart — The World According to Garp, Dressed to Kill … and as Lou in the Brothers television series) who has become obsessed with Santa Claus and Christmas.
To take his “weirdness” to the next level, our boy Harry works at Jolly Dreams (yup, a toy manufacturing company), spies on kids (and co-workers) to see who is naughty and nice (even keeps a list) and dresses up as Santa Claus to make his Christmas-season “deliveries.”
Now these “deliveries” range from delivering stolen toys (from Jolly Dreams) to those that deserve toys to grisly murders as the ever-increasing unhinged Harry/Santa makes his rounds. Of course he is misunderstood!
The ending is a classic that combines the visual elements of director James Whale’s Frankenstein torch-bearing mob (in pursuit of the “monster”) with Harry’s “sleigh” (sans reindeers) taking wing … and to all a good night!
Bonus features for this new 4k transfer for original 35mm source material includes not one, but three separate commentary tracks — filmmaker Lewis Jackson, Jackson with the film’s star, Brandon Maggart and last, but not least, Jackson with auteur filmmaker John Waters, which is a commentary track that should not be missed!!! — plus there are deleted scenes, vintage video interview with Jackson and Maggart and storyboards.