From the press releases that we are receiving, the Christmas season is looking good for horror fans. I can count at least 3 movies revolving around the holiday due out this year, and we just got notification of another one. A Christmas Horror Story will premiere today at the Fantasia Film Festival. However the big news is that RLJ has snatched up the anthology. The film stars William Shatner and George Buza.
The film features segments featuring Santa Clause battling zombie elves, Krampus, a terrifying Christmas tree, and more.=
LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2015 – RLJ Entertainment, (NASDAQ: RLJE), under its Image Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated horror film, A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY. Directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey (She Made Me Do It) and Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), the film stars William Shatner (Star Trek) and George Buza (X-Men). The film will premiere on July 20, 2015 at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today.
“A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY brings a scary twist to the traditional Christmas tale,” said Ward. “With the legendary William Shatner and horribly fantastic creatures, genre fans will never see this happy holiday the same way again.”
“We are so happy that Mark Ward and his helper elves at RLJ Entertainment, are releasing this film in the US,” said Hoban. “We couldn’t have hoped for better accomplices in our efforts to bring terrifying fun to the holidays.”
CHRISTMAS: a time of Joy, Peace and Goodwill, unless you happen to live in the town of Bailey Downs. Here, on Christmas Eve, joy is corrupted when a malevolent spirit traps three teens in a school basement intent on recreating a twisted version of the Nativity story. Peace is shattered when a family returns from a snowy forest with the perfect Christmas tree only to find something is terrifyingly wrong with their seven-year-old son. And goodwill is perverted when a not-so-nice family is hunted down by Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus of Nordic mythology. Even Santa Claus himself is drawn into the horror when he has to fight off a horde of howling Zombie Elves before making his rounds. This Christmas, the creatures are stirring and they’re coming for you whether you’re naughty or nice.
A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY was produced by Copperheart Entertainment’s Steve Hoban (Splice) and Mark Smith (388 Arletta Avenue) and executive produced by David Hayter (“World War III”). Mark Ward of RLJ Entertainment negotiated the deal with Paradigm Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.
Recent RLJ Entertainment releases include The Rewrite with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and written & directed by Marc Lawrence and The Cobbler with Adam Sandler, Adam Sandler, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dascha Polanco and written & directed by Tom McCarthy.