BY EMILY GAGNE
The gist: In this Canadian horror classic, several sorority girls are terrorized by a heavy breathing murderer, who hides in their attic on Christmas Eve. (Cue “The call is coming from inside the house!” trope!)
Naughty or nice: Well, it depends how you feel about the original Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) getting violently stabbed with a unicorn statue.
Why it gets us in the spirit: It appeals to darker, horror-obsessed sensibilities and reminds us that Christmas isn’t always a piece of Grandma’s fruitcake for everyone.
Magic moment: When you realize the police chief tracking “Billy” for the girls is Nancy’s dad from Nightmare on Elm St., horror legend John Saxon.
Santa sighting: I don’t remember a whole lot of time with the big man in red suit, but I do know that there’s someone who “sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake.”
Accompanying carol: Any totally terrifying version of “Silent Night.” Preferably as done by a children’s choir or opera.
Perfect present for: Your Canadian horror-loving acquaintance.