18 June 2024
To All a Goodnight (1980)
83 min.
Directed by David Hess.
With Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Judith Bridges, Linda Gentile, Katherine Herrington, Sam Shamshak.
There are a handul of Christmas slashers out there - if you're willing to look for them - and this is one of them.

When a coed at the Calvin Finishing School accidently falls to her death, Santa sets out to exact revenge.

(Pssst, kids: it isn't *really* Santa, just a psychotic killer in a Santa outfit.)

Soon, Ole Saint Nick is stalking a bevy of holiday revellers...and killing them one by one, in gruesome fashion.

This generally competent slasher manages to keep its head above water, but of course can't compete with superior Christmas shockers such as Black Christmas (1974) or Home for the Holidays (1972).

In the end, this one belongs more in the realm of Christmas Evil instead.

Nevertheless, pour a shot of eggnog and give it at least the perfunctory watch. One thing's for sure: it's not as bad as Don't Open Til Christmas (1984).

Adequately directed by infamous exploitation baddie David Hess of Craven's The Last House on the Left (1972) and Hitch Hike (1977).

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