CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD (2012) Reviews and overview

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‘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 (The Pale Door), 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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