Lately everyone seems offended by everything, especially when it comes to Christmas. People’s feathers have been ruffled over everything from coffee cups, to the use of the statement “Merry Christmas”. Now, it seems that the title of one horror film, A Christmas Horror Story, has offended the big wigs of Wal-Mart. The mega-store took it upon itself to actually change the title of Grant Harvey and Steven Hoban’s film. Wal-Mart changed the title on the DVD’s cover from “A Christmas Horror Story” to “A Holiday Horror Story”, in an attempt to be more politically correct.
I’m sure whoever ordered the change was fearing a backlash from some group, but that doesn’t make this okay. I wonder, if the movie was bigger, would they have done this? It’s not just about changing the title of the movie that has me upset, it’s about how filmmakers have to bend to the will of big companies to get their films on shelves. I can’t help but wonder what they’ll change next.
In the Christmas themed horror anthology, a radio host, played by William Shatner, narrates the film in which a young boy summons Krampus, a nasty fellow, who punishes naughty children. In the next segment a couple notices that their son is behaving strangely after visiting the woods looking for the perfect Christmas tree. Next students filming a documentary have their worst nightmares come true. Lastly a family is stalked through the woods by Krampus. Santa and Krampus go heads to head, but who will win?