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Midnight Mass: Christmas Evil

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 9, 2010

Portrait of Peaches Christ with a giant blond wig

Dec. 11
11:59 p.m.
Bridge Theatre
3010 Geary Boulevard at Blake
San Francisco, CA 94118

Hosted by: Peaches Christ

If this doesn’t sound like the most wickedly fun holiday event of all time, then nothing does. The inimitable Peaches Christ hosts her first ever Christmas Midnight Mass event: A midnight screening of one of the most beloved holiday classics of all time: Christmas Evil! (Beloved by folks like John Waters and myself — I even own an autographed DVD copy of the film.)

But this is no simple Christmas movie screening. In addition to the film, director Lewis Jackson will be in attendance, of course to talk directly to his fans. Plus, there will be a a Scary Santa Costume Contest and a live nativity scene featuring the actual birth of our lord, Jesus. (And I hear a certain naughty sheep will be part of the nativity.)

All enthusiasm and hyperbole about this event aside, I just want to make clear that Christmas Evil is the greatest f***ing holiday movie ever made! It’s insanely bleak, cold and depressing — just like Christmas! It tells the tragic story of a man obsessed with Santa Claus who wants to be as beloved as Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick. The only problem is that he’s completely creepy and does things like spy on neighborhood children with binoculars. As his life spirals out of control, things end up badly — for him and many other folks.

Actor Brandon Maggart is fantastic as the subtly-to-fully deranged Santa wannabe Harry Stadling. But, also look out for a great Jeffrey DeMunn as Harry’s brother Philip. (DeMunn can currently be seen in AMC’s hit zombie show The Walking Dead.) Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a bit part by Patricia Richardson of Home Improvement fame as an angry abusive mother.

While there’s no trailer for Christmas Evil on YouTube, watch this wonderful, off-kilter, menacing clip towards the end of the film just before Harry starts to really lose it:

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