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Hellish Patriotism


First off, we would like to thank all of our troops, past, present and future, for their contributions and sacrifices for the freedom we all enjoy. Even soulless maniacs and apathetic demons can appreciate such an awesome country.

But enough with the sappy patriotism, horror has found a prominent role in the holiday realm of film. Only the drama genre can compete with the holiday-related thematic material the horror genre produces. But where drama accentuates, horror satirizes. It is an interesting phenomenon that horror has taken up this mantle. Like the comic book's sub-use of transcending cultural and political environments,, the horror genre uses dark humor and scare tactics to deliver their own funhouse mirror of current affairs.

What follows is generally B or C class horror films that tend to go unnoticed by the general population, but find a subliminal message delivered to the niche horror community. Some are garbage, others are clever, but it is surprising to recall just how many of this type of film exist, to the point that it could become its own sub genre.

Obviously you have the obligatory Halloween films (Trick 'r' Treat, Halloween), but there is an excess of Christmas horror films (Black Christmas) to the point that it feels like its own underground tradition. Even Easter (Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!, Beasterday), Thanksgiving (Thankskilling) and Valentine's Day (My Bloody Valentine) aren't safe from the satirical fun. Even Uncle Sam joins in the smorgasbord of salutes and slaughters.

If you're looking for some way to celebrate our independence with a bloodbath, consider some classics that even took place on the holiday, like Jaws or I Know What You Did Last Summer. Or go more satirically patriotic with Uncle Sam or The Tripper. But know that for every holiday, there is a horror equivalent to tickle your disturbed fancy.

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