Directed by Lewis Jackson
A man obsessed with Santa Claus snaps and goes on a yuletide killing spree in this utterly deranged Christmas horror fable that John Waters called “the greatest Christmas movie of all time.” Harry is a schmuck and both kids and adults treat him like garbage. But they wouldn’t be so mean if they knew he was keeping track of them on his “naughty list.” After Harry’s nut gets cracked, he starts delivering deadly justice to bad boys and girls - leading to a jaw-dropping finale you won’t see coming. A perverse and hilarious antidote to the holiday season. Contains strong language, sexual scenes, violence and gore.
A man obsessed with Santa Claus snaps and goes on a yuletide killing spree.
Cast: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull
A highly engaging, brilliant, and superbly original little low budget horror film- You Better Watch Out, or Christmas Evil as many know it now, is not only an incredibly interesting endeavour into the world of holiday horror but a wonderfully unique little vision that glimmers with potential. One of the things that I love most about this film is you never quite know what is gonna happen next. It isn’t that the film is anticlimactic, or even trying to second guess you, it's just a purely original and creative work that isn’t afraid to go full in on its insane but very well executed premise. Brandon Maggart shines in the role of Harry Standling, providing one of the best and most underrated horror performances I have ever seen. Jeffrey DeMunn also provides a decent supporting performance, and the rest of the cast are decent too, but none are quite as memorable as those two. Its script is well executed, and tenderly crafted, and though its direction can seem a bit loose to a fault at times, there is no doubt that Jackson is the only person who could have made such a successful translation from his script. I wouldn’t say the direction is bad, but I did feel the film was often without style, which is something you certainly don’t see very often nowadays. There wasn’t anything certainly memorable about the film looked, or even sounded at times, with its music often reducing to tones to capture the mood rather than anything significant. What I do leave remembering though, is the well crafted shots and point of view this film takes, never feeling too cheap, without feeling oh so real. In the end, this is a truly underrated gem, and if you have the chance, I suggest watching this one as soon as possible. My Rating: 9.5/10
Disappointing. Terrible special effects. Boring film. I stopped it before the end.
it was a true masterpiece. I put it up there with the rankings of silent night deadly night only with black comedy John Waters was totally in his right mind when he said this was the best Santa Claus killer movie of all time
This is my favorite “Killer Santa” movie! Brandon Maggart is phenomenal!
Not too shabby ....