‘There is a creature stirring’
All Through the House is a 2015 American slasher horror film written and directed by Todd Nunes. It is a feature version of Nunes’ 2011 short Here Comes Santa. Ashley Mary Nunes, Jessica Cameron, Melynda Kiring, and Natalie Montera star.
The film takes its title from The Vault of Horror EC comic story ‘…And All Through the House’, previously adapted in the 1972 British Amicus anthology film Tales from the Crypt. and as a 1989 episode of the Tales from the Crypt TV series.
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Napa, California. Fifteen years ago, a peaceful Christmas neighbourhood was engulfed by fear when five-year-old Jamie Garrett was mysteriously taken from her bedroom never to be seen again.
Now on Christmas break, Rachel Kimmel comes home from college to find her neighbourhood struck again by a reign of terror. A violent killer is hiding behind a grisly Santa mask, leaving a bloody trail of slaughtered women and castrated men to the steps of the Garrett house.
Rachel finds herself in a terrifying nightmare as she discovers the twisted secret behind the mask…
“Nunes explores some very dark and taboo themes but is also careful not to go over the top, as the events stay grounded in reality and never feel outrageous. The climax is grimly satisfying as well and begs for repeated viewings.” Fright Meter
“The gore scenes are reminiscent of old 80’s slashers where the death toll is high and there are buckets of blood, some of the deaths are straight savage and well up there on the gore scale […] Where the film does lose a few marks is around some of the pacing towards the middle, a bit of a prolonged finale and at times the dialogue can feel a little stiff.” Beyond the Gore
“With its wacky twists and turns, elaborate fight sequences that are reminiscent of an old-school ECW pay-per-view, and no shortage of sex scenes with hilariously hammy dialogue, All Through the House perfectly encapsulates the B-movie nature of many ’80s horror films.” Cinema Slasher
“All Through the House sets out to do just one thing, and that’s entertain […] This one brings big weight to the entertainment scale. It’s a bit goofy from time to time, but at the end of the day, it’s a fun, savage, bloody and bitchin’ little viewing experience.” Addicted to Horror Movies
All Through the House is a fun nostalgic throwback to a simpler time, while I enjoyed the inventive deaths I couldn’t help but wish at times the characters had more to them. Aside from the killer itself the only memorable character was Mrs Garrett…” The Rotting Zombie
“ … the perfect stocking stuffer, the perfect present under the tree. It’s an unpredictable gorefest filled with holiday cheer and unadulterated horror. Most importantly, it’s the Christmas themed film that horror fans deserve! I can see it becoming a cult classic in its own right due to its tremendous rewatchability.” Horror Society
Deranged slasher killer + practical effects + tongue-in-cheek storytelling + scream queen drama + demented characters with dark pasts = an on-screen formula that continues to work. From victims to final girl, the scream queens played their parts well despite a handful of painful scenes of not-so-stellar acting.” Gores Truly
“All Through the House is everything you’d expect, plus a whole lot more. I was expecting a fun slasher film, but this turned out to be one of the most memorable films I’ve seen in quite some time. Normally when I review a film, I mention the positive and negative aspects… but with this film, I really can’t think of any complaints at all.” The Blood-Shed
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“You have a compelling story that keeps you guessing all the way up to the big reveal. We’re treated to an abundance of beautiful women in their birthday suits, and some cringe-worthy genital mutilation. OMG, you’ll love foul mouth Grandma! Most of all, we are given a film made by fans for fans.” Danny Mozz, The Shock! Chamber
“Let’s go bury this bitch out back.”
- Ashley Mary Nunes
- Jessica Cameron – The Song of Solomon; Red Eye; Buckout Road; Truth or Dare; Adam K; et al
- Melynda Kiring
- Natalie Montera
- Lito Velasco
- Jason Ray Schumacher [as Jason Rayer]
- Johanna Rae
- Matt Poeschl
- Cathy Garrett
- Kelsey Carlstedt
- Danica Riner
- Jennifer Wenger
- Tamra Garrett
- Justice Lee
Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino National Forest, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California,
In the UK, the film was released on DVD as A Nightmare Christmas on 21st November 2016 by 101 Films.
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