Christmas Evil

Christmas Evil

Harry Stadling works in a toy factory. When Christmas comes, he dresses in a Santa suit and slaughters naughty neighborhood kids. John Waters’s favorite Christmas movie of all time is a very weird exploitation film with a stunning performance by Brandon Maggart, whose character takes his place among the lone serial killers of New York City: Travis Bickle, Patrick Bateman, Thana(Ms .45) and the Joker.
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Direction: Lewis Jackson
Script: Lewis Jackson
Cinematography: Ricardo Aronovich
Editing: Corky Ohara, Linda Leeds
Sound: Cari Comart, Margaret Crimmins, Bernard Hajdenberg, Chat Gunter
Music: Don Christensen, Julia Heyward, Joel Harris
Actors: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick, Brian Neville, Joe Jamrog
Production: Edward R. Pressman Productions
Producers: Pete Kameron, Burt Kleiner
Art Direction: Roberta Neiman
Costumes: Deirdre N. Williams
Executive producer: Jerold Rubenstein
Sets: Lorenzo Mans
Camera: David M. Dunlap
Make Up: Lyzanne Goodson, Eileen Schaeffer
Format: BluRay
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 1980
Duration: 94΄
Contact: California Pictures

Lewis Jackson

Lewis Jackson is a director and writer, known for The Deviates (1970), The Transformation: A Sandwich of Nightmares (1974), and particularly Christmas Evil (1980). Jackson worked for years on the script for Christmas Evil and envisioned a mainstream, big-budget movie. While Hollywood liked his finished script, they felt the concept was just too strange. Jackson credits Waters with both the picture’s revival and his own re-embracing of the project, which was nearly forgotten from canonical film history.


1970 The Deviates
1974 The Transformation: A Sandwich of Nightmares
1980 Christmas Evil (You Better Watch Out)