Christmas Evil
Christmas Evil (1980)

A deranged department-store Santa becomes a cold-blooded killer in this taut psycho-thriller that spends time looking back at the poor fellow's life. The story is also titled Christmas Evil and Terror in Toyland.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works

Harry is played... with the kind of range & intensity more usually associated with De Niro's Travis Bickle or Joe Spinell's Frank Zito than with the blankly cartoonish Jasons, Michaels & Freddies who would come to dominate the mainstream slashers.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is noted for starting a sub-genre of the jolly St. Nick as a psycho slasher killer.

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Scott Weinberg

Even before "Halloween," there was "Black Christmas."

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
As if a Norman Rockwell painting was shattered over the fireplace, a child's fragile perception of Santa as a caretaker is skewed when he sees Santa… More
Greg S
After Harry sees a man dressed as jolly St. Nick make love to his mother one Christmas Eve as a child, he grows up obsessed with Santa Claus, going so far as to… More
Aj V
This is a slasher movie where the psycho is obsessed with creating a great Santa Claus for children, and with punishing the adults who don't believe… More
Bruce Bruce
Wouldn't let my children see this one. Just a little to off the wall, Mom and Santa Scenes are something that Jr is going to ask about erest asured.
Tim Salmons
This started out rather slowly, but kept building. It winds up getting more and more serious until it just goes flat-out silly at the very end - with an ending… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A terrible movie. It's not Santa running around killing people like they make it out to be. The actual story has a mentally ill toy factory worker who is… More