Christmas with the Dead – USA, 2012

‘The Christmas spirit never dies’

Christmas with the Dead is a 2012 American  comedy horror feature film directed by T.L. Lankford [as Terrill Lee Lankford] from a screenplay by Keith Lansdale, based on a story by Joe R. Lansdale. The movie stars Damian Maffei, Brad Maule and Chet Williamson.


In his quest to fulfil a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever for his family. If only it weren’t June and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn’t been turned into flesh-eating snappers by a mysterious atmospheric phenomenon, he’d be in pretty good shape.

Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calving teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It’s Christmas in June. And snappers be damned… The lights and decorations are going up.


“…clever, and quite funny, tongue-in-cheek humor abounds herein, from the snappy, knee-slapping dialog…the caustic, albeit laughable interaction of the characters…even to the zombies themselves, who shamble, jerk, spark and ‘pop’ about, as if they were uncontrollably plagued by perpetual body Tourette’s Syndrome…” Kevin Moye, Cinema Head Cheese

“Hilarious, scrappy, and even creepy!” Chris Alexander, Fangoria

” …comes to life with some snappy dialogue and a crafty sense of humor. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise as legendary scribe Joe R. Lansdale wrote the short story of the same name. Adapted for the (small) screen by his own spawn Keith Landsale, we finally have a shot-on-video, amateur acted, low-renter that is actually well-written, through no fault of its own.” Thomas T. Sueyres, Video Junkie

Cast and characters:

  • Damian Maffei … Calvin – Haunt; The Strangers: Prey at Night; The House That Cried Blood short; Night of the Pumpkin short; Nikos the Impaler
  • Brad Maule … G.M.
  • Chet Williamson … Reverend Mac
  • Clyde Williams … Driver
  • Madeline Brassell … Tina
  • Marsail Carlo … Snapper
  • Katie Chambers … Snapper bride
  • Adam Coats … Ray
  • Jennifer Daniel … Snapper
  • David Evett … Snapper
  • Kristen Hall … Gate snapper
  • Sheri Hambrick … Nana zombie
  • James Harris … Santa snapper
  • Jaime Hedrick … Snapper
  • Christopher Shea Howard … Man with shotgun

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[Exclusive] ‘Death House’ Director Harrison Smith is Next Directing ‘The Special’; “Fatal Attraction Meets The Blob”

His Death House, dubbed “The Expendables of Horror,” is now finally available on VOD outlets (DVD/Blu-ray on December 11), and Bloody Disgusting has learned that director Harrison Smith‘s next project is already lined up. Being described as “Fatal Attraction meets The Blob,” principal photography kicks off this January on Smith’s The Special.

Principal photography is set for a January 21st start in Pennsylvania.

The Special tells the story of Jerry, who confides in his best friend Mike that his wife is having an affair. This sets off a chain of events that will take them to a dark place on the edge of town, and a night of pleasure beyond Jerry’s wildest imagination. But everything has its price, and once you’ve experienced The Special… Nothing else can compare.

It’s a bit on the bizarre side but once the audience accepts what the addicted Jerry is going through, it’s a wild ride. There is an underlying sense of fun to this,” Smith teases. “There’s a lot of sex… The whole thing is about sex and in some way it’s a fucked version of Fatal Attraction which, was itself, a social horror movie about the pitfalls of addiction. This is a contained horror film relying on the strength of its cast and the artistry behind the camera.”

Starring Damian Maffei (The Strangers Prey at Night, Haunt), Davy Raphaely, and Sara French with the all practical Special F/X by Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX (Insidious 4, Sinister, Gods and Monsters), The Special was written by Mark Steensland and James Newman.