STUDIO CITY, CA—Everyone looks forward to the light, fluffy Christmas movies the Hallmark Channel airs non-stop for three months at the end of each year, but the cable channel is taking a dark turn this year with several gritty new films.
The first of these, The Christmas Slaughter, features a handsome young businessman (James Van Der Beek) forced to go home to the country for the holidays, where he meets a charming girl raised on a farm—but uh-oh!—she’s actually a demon-possessed axe murderer.
According to the Hallmark Channel, the young couple must learn how to deal with their differences, with the protagonist having trouble adjusting from life in the big city, and his love interest having trouble with her demon-influenced, insatiable desire to slaughter everyone she’s ever loved under the full moon. Add in the crazy hijinks of the couple’s nosy parents and old love interests coming to call, and you have yourself a recipe for holiday cheer and also lots of bloody, senseless slaughter!
“We really want to bring people together for the holidays, with fare that’s light and festive but also full of blood and guts,” Hallmark Channel programming director Don Anderson said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Watching Hallmark movies has become a national pastime around the holiday season, and this year we’re upping the ante with the gruesome and disturbing Christmas Slaughter.”
“Oh boy, I tell you, it’s really gotten everyone in my home into the Christmas spirit,” he added with a chuckle.
The Hallmark Channel has also green-lit other brutal holiday-themed horror films like The Bloody Christmas Bride, Headless for the Holidays, and The One-Horse Open Slay, sources confirmed at publishing time.