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Horror for the holidays at Trylon's You Better Watch Out 'Gremlins'

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You Better Watch Out

Every Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Dec. 6-29
7 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from Dec. 6-29
9 p.m.
Every Sun. from Dec. 8-29
5 p.m.
$8
Film, Holiday

There’s something creepy about Santa Claus, an eternal being whose elf minions spend the year spying on the children of the world, all so their sovereign can break into homes on Christmas Eve to render his verdict of naughty or nice. Those labeled miscreants can at least consider themselves lucky to merely receive a lump of coal as punishment, unlike the unfortunate souls facing the homicidal judgement of a psychotic Santa impersonator in Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). Giddily unhinged, the notorious film represents just one of five perilous depictions of the holiday season offered in the Trylon’s wonderfully wicked series, You Better Watch Out. In the highly influential slasher classic Black Christmas (1974), a serial killer lurks within a sorority house, preying on unsuspecting co-eds over their holiday break. Switching to the Finnish Korvatunturi mountain range, the darkly fantastical Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) presents the deranged mayhem that results when a viciously vengeful Santa is unleashed from earthbound imprisonment. The assumed Kris Kringle of French thriller Dial Code Santa Claus (1989) is no less malevolent, as he stalks a young boy who defends himself with an arsenal of cunning booby traps. Closing out the series in anarchic style are hordes of mirthfully malicious Gremlins (1984), who terrorize an entire town as they run amok with murderous Christmas glee. Showtimes do vary, so check trylon.org for a complete list of times.