The Christmas Tapes (2022)

Yes, Christmas is over, but better late than never.

Bill (Todd Lubitsch), his wife Lisa (Janice Angela Burt) and children Eli (Joshua Rose) and Rachel (Ruby Setnik) are just trying to celebrate Christmas Eve when a man (Greg Sestero) breaks in and takes advantage of Rachel wanting to make movies by showing four of his own VHS films.

“Travel Buggies” is about doomed vloggers going camping and doing a summoning ritual, which as you can imagine, is a very bad idea. “The Christmas Gift” has a father sending himself in a box to his kids so they can do their own unboxing video, but hiring a Santa (Vernon Wells!) who has different ideas of a holiday present. “Untitled” has a man trying to deliver a package before his head explodes. “The Christmas Spirit” is about a couple moving into a new home and learning that it’s haunted. They try and hire someone to come over the holidays to exorcise their home, but only Paranormal Perry (Dave Sheridan) is available.

The quality of these tales varies, but the acting by Wells and Sheridan puts this above and beyond the expectations of a streaming horror anthology, much less a holiday-themed film.

Robert Livings and Randy Nundlall Jr. co-directed and wrote this and there are moments that really work, like the man flying all over the box and the tortures he endures from Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as the tension and humor working together in the exorcism story.

You can watch this on YouTube from Terror Films.

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