HMPod.com Podcast 164 — Xmas Special 2014: Silent Night, Zombie Night; Krampus: Xmas Devil; Dead End; Don’t Open Till Xmas; Elves; Nightmare Before Xmas

860573_222583661213055_675121897_oWishing you a very scary Xmas!

Top o’ the season to you, darling listener. As sugar plums turn to ash in your mouth, let us present The Horror Movie Show, hosted by those jolly elves Jerry & Mark. Pour yourself a large bucket of eggnog (with something extra added, perhaps a splash of brandy, perhaps 50cc of spinal fluid).

The Hosts of Xmas Past first regale us with their tales of the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, followed with a brief summary of the season ender for Z Nation. Nothing says Xmas quite like the shambling undead, which naturally leads us to the first holiday movie review.

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009) is a modest effort written & directed by Sean Cain. Shot on a shoestring budget, it ranks right around the 2013 flick Krampus: The Christmas Devil, our second movie review. At least the latter has a worthwhile guest appearance by HMPod favourite Bill Oberst Jr.

Next up is the pretty good Dead End (2003), featuring the popular Lin Shaye (Insidious) & Ray Wise (Twin Peaks). As well as being a fine little Xmas Eve horror, it’s a holly-jolly road picture!

Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) is a good old-fashioned British video nasty, complete with about a dozen Santas being butchered in suitably gruesome style. The equally mundane Elves (1989) follows. It stars Grizzly Adams himself, Dan Haggerty, as a down-on-his-luck drunken Santa caught up in a supernatural mix of Nazis, evil elves & incestuous grandfathers. Ho ho ho!

Finally, to add a bit of sweetness to this heaping platter of turkeys, is a bit of chitchat about holiday fave-rave The Nightmare Before Christmas. Masterminded by Tim Burton, the adventure of Jack Skellington & his pals from Halloween Town is fun for the whole family.

Merriest of Christmases from your pals at HMPod.com!