You Better Watch Out

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    YOU BETTER WATCH OUT (1980)
    More psychological drama than slasher, YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, also known as CHRISTMAS EVIL and TERROR IN TOYLAND, features a very good performance by Brandon Maggart as Harry, a meek middle-management type who likes Christmas a little too much. Especially considering he’s been scarred from sneaking downstairs one Christmas Eve as a child and seeing Mommy doing more than kissing Santa Claus in the living room. These days, Harry spends much of his time spying on the neighborhood children, keeping a list of their deeds, both naughty and nice (nosepicking goes on the “naughty” list). This finally sends him over the edge on Christmas Eve, when he goes on a (relatively tame) killing spree, cruising around New York City in his custom-painted Santa van and even being chased by good Samaritans with torches! Pretty slow-going and bloodless, but perhaps well worth watching for the what-the-hell ending, which left me literally crying from laughter. Maggart went on to several seasons on the Showtime sitcom BROTHERS and fathered Garett Maggart, co-star of the TV series THE SENTINEL, and pop singer Fiona Apple. Look for familiar faces Patricia Richardson (HOME IMPROVEMENT), Mark Margolis, Philip Casnoff, Raymond J. Barry, Rutanya Alda and probably many more actors who have appeared on LAW & ORDER.
     
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