– (2013) – Santa and a demonic personage of Christmas hatred are hunted by yokels when abducting the naughty. Has a lot going on between various characters and horror themed events, but few moments actually gel into a cohesive whole. A rambling series of inconsequential events with undeveloped horror and an extremely developed rack.
– (2016) – Paranormal experts investigate the possession of a child and the ghostly mayhem in her London home. Begins in a location promised in the previous film’s conclusion, and proceeds with events that not only keep pace with the freakishness of the original, but invents new scenarios as well. A surprisingly dramatic spookshow that’s loaded with tension.
– (2015) – Evil forces are unleashed upon a dysfunctional family at Christmastime when the last of Santa’s believers stops believing in him. Begins with typically abnormal characters struggling to co-exist, then tosses in horror that makes up rules as it goes along. One moment features killer cookies, then killer attic junk, then killer elves, etc. Has no solid foundation and little cohesion.
– (2015) – Anthology of intertwining stories that focus on ritual murders, an anti-Santa, zombie elves, and a possessed kid. Tries to come across as the Christmas version of Trick ‘r Treat, but unlike that film nothing much works here. The twists are lame, the tone is dull, and the only scares come from loud bangs.
– (2007) – A couple films each other as they obliterate a family at Christmastime, among other “festive” moments. Yet another falsified experience that’s supposed to outrage, but the well has run dry on the trickery. What’s supposed to seem real and profound is now irritating and lacking of conviction.