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Santa -VS- Zombies, Monsters, And Whatnot ...Oh, My!! THE LAST CHRISTMAS Will Be Filmed For Posterity!!

Merrick here...
I've always been partial to freaky Santa stories; I love nearly everything to do with Christmas...but I'm also a total sucker for goofing on Santa. Twisting the mythos, exploring alternate takes, and whatnot. I saw a fascinating documentary on the history of Christmas & the development of the Santa myth - CHECK IT OUT if you get a chance. The link above is to Amazon, although I suspect the piece will be repeated on History Channel closer to the holidays. What does any of this have to do with "cool news"? Consider...THE LAST CHRISTMAS, a graphic novel by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn. It's been targeted for a movie adaptation by some of the folks behind 300.
I've never read it, but it looks cool. And, it sounds cool...
The story follows Santa Claus as he withdraws from normal life and turns his back on Christmas. When he emerges from seclusion, he has to find a way to save the world, and Christmas, from being overrun by demons, zombies and other bad guys.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter. This may be the most awesome thing since SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS!!
Although, nothing will ever equal the Martians...who've come to kidnap Santa & drag his ass back to Mars...observing our world from afar, perplexed because there's a Santa on every street corner. That's some sublime entertainment right there.

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  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Foist!

    by MetiphisLabs

    Now lets go get some goyles!

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    First

    by AMG

    Woohoo

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    second

    by AMG

    bummer

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    How about a Patrick Swayze Christmas?

    by Reynard Muldrake

    MST3K is my fave version of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians...

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Now THAT's an Island of Misfit Toys !

    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    MST3K's riff on Santa/Martians was the best.

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    "Santa, killed in Vietnam, 1968"

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Only if....

    by Anna Valerious

    Brian Posehn and Patton Oswalt show up in it. Those two rock.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Bought this after it turned up on Quint's Christmas list last ye

    by Boba Fat

    There's some pretty extreme stuff in that graphic novel. Like Santa needing to murder the last kid who believes in him so he himself can die. It sounds like, if they stay true to the source material, it could be pretty controversial. It could also be the coolest and darkest Christmas movie ever. But will upset a lot of people.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Santa's Sleigh takes the cake

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    That movie had Goldberg as a raving, raging, Norse Demigod who came to earth to kick some ass, but lost some dumb bet with an Angel and was forced to be nice. The DVD cover of this ridiculous flick made me laugh out loud when my brother bought it for me, for Christmas. The movie was shit, but the cover was just priceless.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Santa Vs Zombies!?

    by FILMFUNK

    Fuckin Hell! even me is getting sick of zombies now!!!<P>What next - Dracula Vs the Toothfairy or The Easter Bunny Vs the Saucermen!

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    By some folks behind 300?

    by DerLanghaarige

    That means we will see Santa for one half of the movie punching, screaming, kicking, stabbing and (this time) shooting, first sped up, then in slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion, sped up, slow motion and then a narrator will say stuff that might be okay in a comic book but is just annoying in a movie?

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Would LOVE to see this directed by Brett Ratner!!!

    by mtoppi1975

    This would be right up his alley and you HAVE TO admit it!

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Stop listing three things then adding "Oh my" at the end!!

    by MetiphisLabs

    Seventieth time I've seen this play on words/Wizard of Oz homage on this site!!

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    good i love christmas action movies

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    die hard, lethal weapon, gremlins the list goes on... i'm gonna order this graphic novel today. and if anyone wants to see good movie where santa picks up a machine gun but also a film that makes you think check out 'goodbye 20th century' it blows anything made by america, ever, away and i'm sure as well as this movie which will probly be too much like 'matrix/300/underworld' and not it's own movie. but we'll see...

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The IDEA was good

    by slone13

    But the comic was just "ok" at best. I bought the first 2 issues but never made it any farther. Posehn's an extremely funny guy. I make sure to use him in all the I LOVE THE (insert decade here) shows I produce for VH1, but he's NOT the best comic book writer. Still, could be kind of interesting if done well. And when I say "well" I mean "with tongue firmly planted in cheek and way over the top".

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Hey mtoppi1975

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    Ratner actually produced that turd Santa's Sleigh, you want an example of what he would do if he wanted to make some absurdist, violent, R-rated story about Santa kicking ass, check that POS out, you will be dissapointed, but still the concept is hilarious, if only a one trick pony. Jeez, I can't believe I'm actually pimping this movie.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    "Nobody likes a skinny Santa!"

    by Uncapie

    "Eat! Eat!"

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Aint It You Tube News

    by brokentusk

    Am I the only one who finds Merrick's articles extremely annoying?

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Get Lee Majors

    by skimn

    ala Scrooged.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    santa

    by jacksparness

    really fat, he'll die soon. sorry kids.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    sounds awesome in theory

    by liljuniorbrown

    But I can just hear the headlines now "Tonight on the Oreilly Factor, Hollywood goes too far? Turning Santa Clause into a murdering maniac who kills children.Caution your entering the no spin zone". Ha Ha ,I crack me up.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    GO PIA GO

    by jimbojones123

    Why no more Pia???

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST

    It's more like Santa vs Mutants

    by Kraken

    Zombies, I guess you could call um' that... but more like mutants.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    As long as someone kills the fat kid from Bad Santa...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...and he comes back as a zombie and Santa greases him again.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Either a lame attempt at high satire

    by V'Shael

    or Americans are really fucking strange sometimes... <p> Santa conquers the Martians? Are you fucking kidding me?

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Santa vs. the Martians

    by Jor-El23

    is one of the creepiest things I've ever seen.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Whatnot?

    by James_O'Nasty

    Are you serious?

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Casting for Santa

    by haggardatbest

    I will only see this if they cast High-Pitch Eric as Santa Claus.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a plan.

    by silentbobfan

    As long as they keep Brian Posehn involved I'm all for it.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    2 words!!

    by boyblue

    "Fuck" and "Yeah" I have waited for his news for ages, bring it on!!

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I read the first issue.....

    by knifeandfork

    .... but mysteriously, i couldnt find any other issues after that. From what i read , it was okay but the idea behind it was more intruging than the comic itself.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    "Oh my!"

    by Allfather Starr

    Yes, please stop using this. It's shit.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    A very merry christmas

    by barnaby jones

    sounds weird, but good !

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Check out the cool Mexican flick where Santa Claus fought the de

    by Uncle Stan

    It was released on DVD two years ago under the title Santa Clause. It's the weirdest fucking holiday movie ever.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Here's something scary, boys and gals:

    by Kirbymanly

    Looking for an opinion on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkFWVMyIW9g

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 6:58 p.m. CST

    FUCK! CUT OFF! Santa Claus Vs. The Devil! Mexico!

    by Uncle Stan

    See my comments above.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:55 p.m. CST

    "a graphic novel by [...] Brian Posehn"

    by BadMrWonka

    you had me at hello. I would literally pay pal $10 to any site that could guarantee me a ticket to this. not because I think it will sell out, but just to show my support. rock on Brian, rock on. I know you read AICN you geek.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Santa and the Martians

    by Barry Egan

    Funny that we should get this and the Golden Compass trailer on the same day. Which film has more realistically rendered polar bears? I actually own Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on DVD. It is one of those bad movies that is endlessly entertaining and also oddly fascinating.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 6:31 a.m. CST

    This could become the ultimate cult classic.

    by Knuckleduster

    But probably won't.

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Way to go Gerry Duggan!!!

    by ElectricDreams

    This guy is a brilliant writer, worked w/ him on a TV show for G4TV and he is one hell of a guy, so happy for him and the comics do kick ass!!! A much deserved coming my friend...

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