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A “YULETIDE HORROR” announcement and poster for Christmas

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The forthcoming documentary promises to be a gift for fans of holiday fear fare.

Producer Kieran Nolan Jones, the filmmaker behind TEEN SCREAMS (which he told us about here), got in touch with news of another doc project in the works, YULETIDE HORROR, produced by Nolan Jones and Jess Bartlett, directed by Ethan Evans and written by the trio. It will explore, natch, Christmas frights in all their many variations, from Santa slashers to festive monsters and more.

“Featuring interviews with horror experts, filmmakers and scholars,” goes the announcement, “YULETIDE HORROR will chart the history of the holiday season’s roots, from disturbing folklore from around the world to the genre’s proliferation and unyielding appeal in modern day horror cinema. While exploring the key and varied cinematic staples of the subgenre, the documentary will investigate its cultural influences, as well as uncover the themes and subtext which sit menacingly underneath the Christmas tree.”

A co-production between Evans and Bartlett’s Terror Arcade and Nolan Jones’ Hellmouth Pictures label, YULETIDE HORROR is targeting a premiere in 2023.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.