Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Joan Collins in Tales from the Crypt

The first and best segment of this British anthology of five horror tales, based on classic EC Comics stories, is an ideal way to start off your anti-Christmas movies marathon.

“All Through The House” is a wicked little black comedy set on Christmas Eve and starring Joan Collins. In the tale, Collins, who has just murdered her wealthy husband, must ward off an insane asylum escapee as he attempts to break into her house dressed as Santa Claus.

The constant, cheery Christmas songs playing on a radio in the background are a perfect contrast to the murder and mayhem in the segment. With its tense atmosphere and clever ending, “All Through The House” is a darkly satisfying twist on the tradition of Santa entering people’s houses and delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

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