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The Six Slays of Christmas 2012 – Day One

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Last year we tickled your holiday horror bone with a series entitled The Six Slays of Christmas. After reviewing the list, we realized there was a ton of horror projects that could and should have been added. So welcome to The Six Slays of Christmas 2012.

With the big holiday less than a week away, it’s the perfect time to dive into those beloved Christmas horror flicks. If you need a reminder of the previous entries, you can check out the original Six Slays of Christmas right here. But without further ado, here’s the first of this year’s recommendations.

The Six Slays of Christmas 2012 - Day One

Day 1-Treevenge
It seemed to be in the holiday spirit to not only mention the first film of the series but give you the entire damn thing right here. Treevenge is one of my all-time favorite horror shorts. It’s so unique and twisted and crams an entire 90-minute feature film’s worth of violence and bloodshed into the final two minutes of the 14-minute short.

Written and directed by Jason Eisener, who rose to fame for creating Hobo With a Shotgun, Treevenge is a look at the Christmas season from the trees’ perspective. The trees who get tortured from harvesting (with all kinds of saws and sharp implements) to transportation to being screwed into those brutal stands to the humiliation of being decorated with all kinds of ridiculous ornamentation. Any self-respecting tree can only take so much. And on this particular Christmas Day, the trees strike back.

The film stars Jonathan Torrens, Sarah Dunsworth and Maris Morgan and contains two of the most violent minutes of horror action you’ll see anywhere. You’ll see eyes popped out, a leg hacked off, strangulations, a baby’s head squashed and what can only be described as arboreal sodomy. It’s a great little short film, and you can see all these acts of violence and violation in the full version of Treevenge below.

Happy holidays!

Treevenge

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