Christmas Evil--a.k.a. You Better Watch Out-- has gained a reputation as a rather obscure holiday horror film, and doesn't really fit into the typical killer Santa category. It's admittedly a bizarre film. At its start, it's even a little slow and boring. But upon closer inspection, you can see the main character's decline into mental fragility coming into full view. The holidays are a precarious time for anyone who has had any trauma or loss in their life, and our sad Santa is suffering from a particular kind of PTSD.
Thirty-some years later, Harry is weirdly and thoroughly obsessed with the man in the red suit. He awakes each morning to a Christmas carousel alarm, plays carols all day, and has his entire apartment decorated for Christmas no matter what month it is. He himself even dresses like Santa to sleep. Though it's obvious he has some mental health issues, Harry manages to hold down a low level management position at the Jolly Dreams toy factory. His co-workers make fun of him behind his back and trick him into working extra shifts on the assembly line making toys.
I don't mean to be preachy, after all, this is just a horror movie. But within the 90+ minute running time, there are plenty of examples of things to watch for - in the movie, and in real life. And that gives "You Better Watch Out" a whole new meaning, doesn't it?