Episode 666: Christmas Horror Movies

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4 Responses

  1. Natasha F. says:

    definitely will be watching some of these, by the way, the Christmas version of your theme song is awesome! love the nod to Tchaikovsky, very clever and fun

  2. Thomas says:

    One I liked from a few years ago is Await Further Instructions. The initial premise is very Black Mirror…in the midst of a fraught Christmas fathering, the family’s TV is apparently hacked and they start receiving bizarre commands that get more and more disturbing. I feel like it uses this premise to explore a lot of current issues like xenophobia, Brexit, fake news, the surveillance state, and even features some pretty spectacular Cronenbergian body horror. I dug it.

  3. FictionIsntReal says:

    I’m going to make an argument against you guys, which would sort of be in support of Joe Bob Briggs although not specifically so. You say “Horror movies have always reflected society”, but a lot of that is people reading things into the movie that wasn’t actually there. For example, lots of people think Invasion of the Bodysnatchers was about McCarthyism, but the people involved insisted they were just trying to make entertaining pulp. Lots of people saw an AIDS metaphor in Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly, but he said it was actually inspired by seeing his own parents aging. I haven’t seen this year’s Black Christmas, but it seems to be much more overtly going for social commentary and according to the reviews I’ve read isn’t very scary. Since I don’t actually like the original Black Christmas and its poorly defined villain much, I’m not that bothered by someone making big changes though.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I’ve never been sure I believed that line about Bodysnatchers being unintentional but, even so, for every one of those, there’s a Dawn of the Dead or They Live.

      – David

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