Vampires & Horror

Vampires are undead beings that subsist by feeding on blood or vital force. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring vampires ever released. How many have you seen?

I Believe in Santa Claus

A boy whose parents have been kidnapped by terrorists asks Santa Claus for help.

 

France
1984
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Translated
Festivity: 
Christmas
Animals: 
Crocodile
Legend: 
Myth
5.04
A song in your heart!
8
3.04
5.04
5.04
2
3
2
Ambiance
Plot
Dialog
This children’s film isn’t exactly horror, but it’s very creepy. For one thing, the main protagonist’s parents are being held hostage in Africa by a terrorist with three wives, five kids, and a gun. Then, there’s the janitor who hates kids and pulls them by the ear. Last but not least, an ogre captures the two lead children, enslaves them, and plans on eating them after devouring his own dog.
You haven’t seen Santa Claus swim in Africa with a crocodile roaming about until you’ve seen this film. Adults are constantly kissing children, here, which must’ve been adorable in 1984 but just doesn’t cut it now. The whole Africa subplot is ludicrous. The child actors look like they’re not sure what movie they’re in, and apparently haven’t learned their lines.
Karen Chéryl plays both the teacher and the fairy and sings five hypnotic songs. Music, by the way, does a lot for this film. The same score loops constantly, until this all becomes a fever dream. You can show this movie to your kid, but they might be frightened by it. “Terror”, here, isn’t polished. In the hands of other creators, I Believe in Santa Claus could’ve been cute and innocent.
Alternate Titles: 
J'ai rencontré le Père Noël
Here Comes Santa Claus
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This book contains 400 puzzles. Guess the name of each horror film based on the pixelated picture, its released year, and its synopsis. Write the title in the boxes below the clues. Puzzles tend to get more difficult as you progress. Answers can be found in the last pages.