The horror of A Christmas Story

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A Christmas Story wouldn’t become a hit until it aired on cable a year after its release, but November 18th, 2013 is the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release. What a perfect opportunity to celebrate the horror of A Christmas Story! The members of this beloved cast are no strangers to horror!

We begin with Darren McGavin.

christmas-story-darren-mcgavin-smallAnyone who was around in the 1970s will know him as Kolchak – The Night Stalker! In this series, he played a reporter who managed to find himself confronting different supernatural creatures every week. He also appeared in Happy Hell Night (blog here), had a recurring role on The X-Files, was in the awesome Joe Piscopo flick Dead Heat (blog here), appeared opposite Sandy Dennis in the creepy 1970s made-for-TV movie Something Evil, and starred in the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.

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Melinda Dillon is the best movie mom ever (actually, she’s tied with Dee Wallace).

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She was the mom whose little boy was taken by the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and was also Harry and the Hendersons mom. She had a small role in the horror flick Spontaneous Combustion with Brad Dourif (blog here). Plus, she even appeared in To Wong Foo and a gay comedy called Adam & Steve!

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Okay, So Scott Schwartz (who played Flick, not Schwartz) got his tongue in predicaments other than a frozen pole when he went into porn. But he also did horror!

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He was in the 80s flick Raiders of the Living Dead. Why have I never even heard of this? Fear not—I’ve already ordered it. Blog to come.  He did some cheap Alien knockoff called Unseen Evil 2 (aka: Alien 3000). He was in a 1988 home invasion film called Fear. He was also in a 2004 film called Skin Walker—with RuPaul!

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Ian Petrella played cute little oinking Randy.

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After A Christmas Story, Ian had a small role in fricking Crimes of Passion with Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins! WTF???

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Zack Ward started as evil Scutt Farkus, but turned into a hot as hell ginge.

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He has racked up the horror films—many of them adaptations of video games: Freddy vs. Jason, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, BloodRayne: Deliverance, Alone in the Dark II (blog here, Blood Lake (blog), Don’t Blink (blog), The Devil’s Tomb, End of the Road, Dark House, and mockumentary Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness.

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And finally, there’s RALPHIE!

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Peter Billingsley was not only Messy Marvin, but he starred in the horror flick Death Valley in 1982 (blog here)! He was literally a scream kid, being chased by a psycho killer!!! But now…he is a MAN. Woof!

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About Daniel

I am the author of the horror anthologies CLOSET MONSTERS: ZOMBIED OUT AND TALES OF GOTHROTICA and HORNY DEVILS, and the horror novels COMBUSTION and NO PLACE FOR LITTLE ONES.

I am also the founder of BOYS, BEARS & SCARES, a facebook page for gay male horror fans! Check it out and like it at www.facebook.com/BoysBearsandScares.

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