The Christmas season is all about tradition. This holds true even in the depraved world of horror cinema, where one tradition is respected above all others: If you are making a Christmas-themed horror movie, the title must be a play on the classic Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night.” I don’t know why this is. There are plenty of well-known Christmas carols out there, and yet while there are no movies titled We Wish You a Scary Christmas, Deck the Hells or Bad King Wenceslas, there are twelve* feature films basically named Silent Night, [Scary Adjective] Night. Because I like horror movies and Christmas and committing to impractical ideas, I have watched and ranked all of them. Here they are, from worst to best.
*I’ve omitted two potentially eligible movies: 2006’s Silent Bloodnight, which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with Christmas, and 2011’s Violent Night: The Movie, which doesn’t appear to be publicly available for viewing. Read more…
Hoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show featuring live comedy from host Hoff Matthews and a guest performer, followed by a horror movie screening. This month’s installment will be at Videology (308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn) at 9pm, Monday, February 15th. Tickets are $5 at the door, or you can buy online here.
This month’s guest performer: Sketch comedy duo Teenager of the Year
This month’s movie: From Beyond (1986)
After my screening of Dagon back in August, someone asked me if I’d seen From Beyond, another H. P. Lovecraft adaptation from Stuart Gordon, director of both Dagon and Re-Animator. At the time I had to admit I hadn’t, but I’ve rectified that failing, and I was happy to find that From Beyond provides even more effects-laden, over-the-top insanity. Read more…
Hoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show featuring stand-up comedy from host Hoff Matthews and a guest performer, followed by a horror movie screening. This month’s installment will be at Videology (308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn) at 7pm, Saturday, January 16th. It’s free!
This month’s guest performer: Evan Williams (Carolines Breakout Artist Series)
This month’s movie: Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
The recent news that M. Night Shyamalan will be bringing Tales From the Crypt back to television has me feeling a bit nostalgic–not for the old HBO show, which I haven’t actually seen much of, but for the original ’50s comic books, which my dad introduced me to via reprints when I was a kid. I never got much into superheroes, but I wasted plenty of my precious youth soaking up EC Comics‘ blend of O. Henry-style plot twists, Eisenhower-era cynicism and graphic gore. Read more…
SUBHAH AGARWAL (Comedy Central)!
TIM DUFFY (Comedy Central)!
DREW MICHAEL (Just for Laughs)!
ALISON LEIBY (Comedy Central)!
JUSTIN FLANAGAN (Flanagan)!
& AYANNA DOOKIE (Laughs)!
It all goes down at BRIT PACK THEATER – 34 Pell Street, 2nd Floor!
If you want to attend, you MUST RSVP. Email BRITPACKRENTALS@GMAIL.COM with the password & number of people in your party BEFORE Friday January 8th at 8pm.
This month’s password is: POOL PARTY.
The show is always over capacity – it’s a fun time and we want to make sure you GET IN!
DOORS AT 8:45. LINE UP EARLY, EVEN IF YOU RSVP’D!!
Hoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show at Brit Pack (2nd floor, 34 Pell St., Manhattan) featuring stand-up comedy followed by a horror movie screening. This month’s installment will be at 10pm, Monday, December 28th. $5 suggested donation, BYOB. There will be snacks!
This month’s movie: Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
First of all, this is NOT the killer Santa movie. You’re thinking of Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). This also isn’t Silent Night, Evil Night, the alternate title of Black Christmas (1974), which I showed last year. Read more…
Hoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show at Brit Pack (2nd floor, 34 Pell St., Manhattan) featuring stand-up comedy from Hoff Matthews and a guest performer, followed by a horror movie screening. This month’s installment will be at 9:15pm, Monday, November 30th. $5 suggested donation, BYOB. There will be snacks!
This month’s guest performer: Lizzie Martinez
This month’s movie: The Resurrected (1991)
Ah, November. The month of Thanksgiving! The month when we look back on our colonial forefathers, on the struggles they overcame during the founding of this great nation, and on their unspeakable experiments in the reanimation of dead matter. Read more…