Ho-ho-horror, everyone! M.L. Miller aka the @$$hole formerly known as Ambush Bug here. Continuing the countdown fun, I’ve decided to finally compile a list of the Best Holiday Horror Movies this December. Some of these films can be found in theaters, but others have unfortunately only seen the light of day on Video On Demand or simply go straight to DVD, BluRay, or digital download. I’ve tried to indicate in the reviews where you can check these films out as thoroughly as I can.

As far as how I compiled this list? Well, there’s no real method to my special brand of madness. Having seen quite a few holiday horrors, I simply have been keeping a list and checking it more than twice throughout the year. I’ll be counting down every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through December to my favorite holiday horror film of the year. I’m sure there are some that I’ve missed, overlooked, or simply haven’t seen yet, but that will leave leftovers to cover in upcoming Decembers

So let’s get to it! Chime in after the article and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, and most importantly, come up with your own damn list…let’s go!

#2 INSIDE #2

Why is INSIDE #2? There are tons of films that I haven’t been able to add to this list, but I had to make sure to leave space for INSIDE. I remember the exact time I saw this film and will never forget it. It’s one of those films you hastily recommend depending on the person you are talking with because you are unsure of how they will take the ultra-tense and mega-gore that is inside INSIDE. It is a fantastic and simple film of arduous struggle. You can find it here on DVD/BluRay and on Amazon here!

INSIDE (2007)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Written by Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Starring Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot, Nathalie Roussel, François-Régis Marchasson, Hyam Zaytoun, Tahar Rahim, Emmanuel Guez, Ludovic Berthillot, Emmanuel Lanzi, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Aymen Saïdi, & Béatrice Dalle as La Femme

One of the films that struck a deep wound in my psyche is also a pretty potent little Christmas horror film as INSIDE effectively opens the doors to one’s home for horrors that are almost unimaginable.

After a long recovery from a car accident that took the life of her husband, a pregnant Sarah (Alysson Paradis) is in the last days of her pregnancy. Noticing an odd woman (Beatrice Dalle) following her home from a doctor’s appointment, Sarah locks herself inside her home in preparation of induced labor the next morning on Christmas Day. But the woman breaks into Sarah’s home and the two play a bloody and brutal battle of cat and mouse through the house as the intruder seems intent on swiping Sarah’s baby from her belly before it is born.

Now, there are a few holes in this story that I’ll get out of the way early, so I can get on to the good stuff. I understand that the intruder has her motivations, but don’t you think it would have been a hell of a lot easier if she just waited until AFTER the child is born to snag it? One would think it would be simpler to take the baby with less blood, gore, and struggle. Also, who schedules to induce a birth on Christmas? One would think that they would wait before or after the holiday to have the tiny tot. But other than those two questions I had, INSIDE is one of the most macabre home invasion films you’re ever going to see.

The true standout is how directors/writers Bustillo and Maury are able to marry nerve-shredding tension with realistic gore like you’ve never endured before. From the beginning to the end of INSIDE, the tension is on high and only rises as the film proceeds. Adding to the tension is the fact that it is a pregnant woman in peril. Because this is one of the most delicate and protected states one can be in, every stressor that occurs makes you not only think of the life of Sarah, but also the life of the child. So the investment in the character doubles down in this case. This heightened sense of concern is amplified to a deafening pitch when you add the brutal fighting between these two women and the sticky, red gore that this film douses itself in for most of the film. Much of the gore and action occurs in the intimacy of one bathroom that Sarah locks herself in for safety. Once the red stuff starts spurting, the entire sterile, white bathroom and Sarah herself is covered in blood and gore, accentuating the visceral quality of the spattered blood and making these scenes downright painful to watch.

INSIDE might not be the cheeriest Christmas horror film, but it will leave and indelible stain on your soul. The gore is potent and aplenty. The dire situation Sarah is in will grip you and never let up. Both Alysson Paradis and Beatrice Dalle who plays the intruder act the hell out of this film and put forth some of the most physically demanding performances I’ve ever seen. INSIDE is a harrowing experience to endure, but it is one of the most gutturally potent and suspense-laden films you’re ever going to see.

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I’m going to end each Holiday Horror Countdown column with, what else? A scary Santa! Happy Holidays!

#13 – THE HORROR NETWORK V.1 “Merry Little Christmas” segment
#8 – TALES FROM THE CRYPT 1972 “And All Through the House…” segment

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