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Dec 3, 2008

brrr

In the interest of public service, this week at AMC I wrote about winter-themed horror movies that don't revolve around Christmas. I mean, did you ever notice how Christmas totally hogs the season? With the Baby Jesus and the frankincense and myrrh (whatever the fuck that is) and the trees and the nog and the presents, it's like...you know, okay, Christmas, we get it. We'll all watch Black Christmas, duh. But what happens when February rolls around and we're still miserably cold? What will we watch then, huh, Christmas? We'll watch Shredder, that's what we'll watch!

It's okay, you don't have to be ashamed if you like Shredder. In fact, there's a coalition of Shredder-likers growing over at AMC. One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble one of us!

Speaking of winter-flavored horror movies, the only way this picture would be better is if that was Erin Moran about to get killed by an angry snowman:

Oh well. Maybe some dreams aren't meant to be realized.

12 comments:

JA said...

I'll see your "Erin Moran look-a-like being attacked by a snowman" picture and raise you one "girl getting raped by the same snowman in the shower" picture.

JA said...

Ack I forgot to link to the picture I was talking about! Here. Now it all makes sense!

B.E. Earl said...

There's a made-for-TV flick from the 70's called "Snow Beast" that I always think of when I put horror and winter together. OK, "always" might be a stretch.

It starred Bo Svenson. How horrifying?!?

friday13 said...

I keep meaning to check out Shredder, since I love slashers, but I just haven't yet (I just put it at the top of my Netflix queue, though). Personally, I really like Iced, Blood Tracks, Curtains, The Dead Zone, and Dead of Winter, although I like all of your choices. I know there are more winter-set horror films that I'm not thinking of, but those are the ones that come to mind.

SikeChick said...

And that girl is one Shannon Elizabeth and the assault is committed by carrot. If loving that movie is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Stacie Ponder said...

Good call on Dead Zone, f13! I don't know why I left out Curtains, since it was on my mind when I wrote that article and it's got that fantastic ice skating scene. Dead Zone totally slipped my mind, though.

I'm hoping there's a press junket for Night of the Demons and I get to go so I can ask Shannon Elizabeth about that scene. It's a classic, in its own awful, twisted way.

Anonymous said...

We'll watch 'My Bloody Valentine'...Valentines? February?

Bonnie said...

Came here to post My Bloody Valentine. It's being released uncut in January, at long, long last!

Bill Walsh said...

Myrrh? Although I'd bet dollars to sweet, sweet Dunkin' Donuts that you know this, that's the horror-show detail. Myrrh was a really valuable resin, so it was a lovely gift, but its primary use was in... embalming the dead. (This is what we call foreshadowing.)

Old Dark Housekeeper said...

Huh...

I'm sorta perplexed at myself that I can go with the flow with the premise of a murderous, sex-fiend snowman...

... but when said assault happens in a hot shower then I go, "Gimme an effin' break... he'd melt!"

Stacie Ponder said...

@Bill Walsh: hmm. I just figured myrrh was, like, Ye Olde Cinnamonne.

Erin said...

My favorite "takes place around Christmas but isn't really about Christmas" movie has got to be Gremlins. Or possibly Elves.