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Christmas Movie Night 2011 (12.10.11 - 12.11.11, 5 movies)
Date Viewed Movie Director Notes
12.10.11 The Magic Christmas TreeRichard C. ParishThe Magic Christmas Tree is magical in the same way swallowing a half gallon of Clorox bleach is magical. Must be seen to be truly appreciated! The second movie in our Christmas Movie Night for 2011.
12.10.11 The PhantomSimon WincerFirst movie for Christmas Movie Night, thrown in because we all wanted to watch it and my kids hadn't seen it. It's not perfect, but it is a fun movie to watch and does evoke a nice sense of the serials from the '30s and '40s. The acting is purposefully over the top; if you take it for what it is, you'll enjoy it.
12.10.11 Rare Exports: A Christmas TaleJalmari HelanderGlad I finally got to see this after missing it last year when it screened at the Music Box Theater. This was the third movie for our Christmas Movie Night, and anticipated by all.

Not sure what others will classify this as, but it felt solidly in the horror camp so that's what I put it down as.

I kept away from really knowing anything about this movie at all, amazingly, so went into this cold. It was different than I expected, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I'll definitely have to let my kids watch it at some point.
12.11.11 Santa's SlayDavid SteimanAn over-the-top, campy Christmas horror movie that's full of stupid, twisted fun!
12.11.11 You Better Watch OutLewis JacksonYou Better Watch Out, aka Christmas Evil, is a Christmas horror movie in the same way Maniac is a slasher horror movie; which is to say firmly outside on the confines of that genre.

The final movie in our Christmas Movie Night, I wasn't sure what to expect here, though I'd guess I thought it was going to follow the kind of cliched holiday horror lines most movies like this do.

Instead, You Better Watch Out is creepy and weird in a way only movies made on the East Coast back in the '70s and '80s could be. Definitely disturbing and unsettling in ways that schlocky, straightforward horror movies never could be.

This will definitely be one of those movies I'll want to revisit during the holiday seasons again.

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