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?
A song in your heart!
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.