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A “YULETIDE HORROR” announcement and poster for Christmas

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 | News


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 in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).