An Important Holiday Message From Kirk
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An Important Holiday Message From Kirk

Kirk Hammett Holiday Message

23 Dec An Important Holiday Message From Kirk

Hey everyone,

Christmas is a time of happiness and good cheer, and at the end of the day, WHO wants to see Santa in a ‘horrorble’ compromising position??? No-one… except for you and me of course! So how better to shred that up than by putting on a good Christmas horror film, one like Silent Night Bloody Night  which came out in 1972 and was particularly great, as well as being a ‘first’ in the genre.

Silent Night Bloody Night (1972)

It was even before the mighty Black Christmas (which was the first of this genre for many) another of that type of Christmas movie that had the same general plot line of a mad, crazy guy who has just ‘escaped’, or just happens to be a crazed murderer who happens to have an extreme change of  heart during the holiday season, goes out in their Santa suit and terrorizes the neighborhoods in their jurisdiction! As you do.  And check it out – Silent Night Bloody Night stars Mary Woronov, Candy Darling and features a whole gang of characters from the Andy Warhol set. Lloyd Kaufman is great too, he did Troma, and it kinda had its main run back in the day at drive-in-theaters, which is pretty damn cool.

Black Christmas

Black Christmas (1974)

I also have to give props to Santa Claws too, that name works beyond compare! I have to give a shout-out to it because besides the great title, I love anything John A Russo does.

What doesn’t count in my personal frame for Christmas horror is anything which includes Jack Frost and Abominable snowman, or snowman-themed, stuff. Another movie I get asked about at this time of the year is an old favorite of mine, A Nightmare Before Christmas. The problem is though that as much as I love that movie, I tend to watch it during Halloween, and so it feels like a Christmas film seen through a Halloween lens. That’s my personal perspective.

But I have to say, continuing with Christmas horror that in  A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) the Ghost of Christmas Past character has always been one of my favorite characters.

A Christmas Carol (1951)

A Christmas Carol (1951)

I love How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which was made in 1966 and is an animated classic, mainly because I get to hear Boris Karloff speak for 35 or 40 minutes, and that’s like music to my ears!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

And ya know, all these Christmas films had their thing until Krampus came along. What a welcome addition to the genre, a full-on flat-out nasty and thoroughly unpleasant horror movie with real history and Eastern European culture!


Krampus (2015)

I have been asked what Christmas horror film I would make if  I was making one (and let’s face it, Christmas is already a bit of a nightmare for people already without a horror film) but regardless, bear with me and I will explain my idea…

…there was a new Christmas horror film that came out called A Christmas Horror Story (starring none other than William Shatner!), and at the end, there’s a scene where Santa Claus is actually battling some sort of ‘Krampus’ character! And I don’t wanna get into it and ruin the best bits, but it got me thinking that someone needs to make a movie and call it “Krampus vs Claus!” It would have to happen in Antarctica, they’d also have to get down there before it melts away. Cast? Who plays who? There is a tyrant illegitimate politician demagogue billionaire who has been Krampus all his life, I think you can guess who I mean, that guy would be perfect! As for Claus? It would have to be some senator from Vermont! Me as director? More like a referee! Special FX? Nope! It’s all about reality!

Let me close by saying I hope everyone has a really great holiday season, and please know that as I’m concerned, now is the time to step up, to stand up straight, walk tall, help each other, and not let the powers that be divide us. Because that’s what they want. And we won’t let it happen, because if we do, we become easy prey in this ever-evolving horror film we all find ourselves a part of.

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  • Eve
    Posted at 09:49h, 23 December

    Happy Holidays Kirk! I Hope you spend this time great with your family!

  • Jim Chism
    Posted at 09:55h, 23 December

    I watched A Christmas Horror Story the other night. I thought it was going to be crappy but it was pretty good.. A bit off topic but I also watched The Eyes of my Mother. Oh man….. its pretty creepy. I loved it! Check it out people if you haven’t seen it yet.

  • Gianluca Baù
    Posted at 10:02h, 23 December

    Thank you Kirk! 🙂
    I’ll play Spit 9000+ times! 😀

  • linda c
    Posted at 10:04h, 23 December

    Have a great holiday weekend, Kirk! See you and the band next year on the road.

  • Cecilia Sartirana
    Posted at 10:09h, 23 December

    Thanks Kirk for recommending these great movies! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  • Lynch
    Posted at 10:16h, 23 December

    Love this blog Kirk! Love reading your passion. As a filmmaker myself I am inspired by your passion still burning after all these years. Love it. Back when I was a kid I used Metallica music to get brought school and pump me up for sports lol. But behind the scenes growing up I have loved how you guys have been so honest and stand up dudes. Happy holidays Kirk

  • Alec Vazquez
    Posted at 10:51h, 23 December

    Yay a Christmas newsletter or update? I haven’t watched any of those movies but they are on my list. The only Santa Claus murder movie I can think of is that one story from tales of the crypt. I totally fucking forgot about Krampus I’m watching that first. I love your movie idea!!!! That orange billionare Krampus would look halarious and my money would be on the senator from Vermont maybe he can finally get the win he deserves.

  • Helen Katsifa
    Posted at 10:55h, 23 December

    Merry Christmas Kirk! Have a great holiday with your family!🎄

  • Matt Rudd
    Posted at 11:05h, 23 December

    Merry Christmas Kirk! have a great holiday! Stay metal !!! \m/

  • Caroline Hoyle
    Posted at 12:10h, 23 December

    Totally agree with your sentiments above. Time to stand up to those who wish to drive a wedge between us. Merry Xmas to you and your family x

    • Bob O'Rourke
      Posted at 07:13h, 28 December

      Hey Kirk! Merry Christmas bro! Hope your holidays are nice and filled with good cheers and good movies!

      We got our fill of Black Christmas the night before Christmas Eve . . . had that one on repeat at bedtime, and fell asleep! Though, the phone ringing over the end credits kept waking me and Wife up! hahah. It’s definitely one of our all-time favorites!

      For Christmas Eve though, I had on a dirty ol’ VHS of Silent Night, Deadly Night (the ‘big box’ version from USA Home Video). It’s just such a fun, nasty old 80s Slasher…gotta love it!

      On Christmas Night though, I needed some Peter Cushing happening, so the original 1972 Tales From The Crypt was in order at bedtime (again, on repeat, as a double feature with Shock Waves). That original version of the first (?) Homicidal-Maniac-Dressed-As-Santa in “And All Through The House” is probably my favorite though . . . I love it even more than the remake of the story for the Tales From The Crypt TV series (though Larry Drake was great in that)! Joan Collins is just perfect in it and, as an Amicus fan, ya gotta love little Chloe Franks as the daughter eager to see Santa! hahah.

      Anyway, cheers bro! Keep the blogs coming and I’ll definitely see you on the road this summer! Also, cheers and Happy Holidays to you too Jack Russo . . . see you in October in Evans City once again (or at Flashback if they have you back…same time, same table!) my friend!

    • Bob O'Rourke
      Posted at 07:15h, 28 December

      Sorry Caroline! I didn’t mean to reply to your comment specifically! Happy Holidays to you though! 🙂

  • Robert Barrett
    Posted at 12:17h, 23 December

    I’m too crazy. Funny as a motherfucker – and brilliant, of course – but too crazy. I deleted three essays I just wrote.

    Just . . . good list and Merry Christmas, Von Hammet.

    Well . . . that, and I’m required by my own moral code to reiterate – Rob Zombie was born to remake “Black Christmas.”

    And, because some things need to be said – “Passion of the Christ” is the all time scariest Christmas horror movie. Ever. Actually.

    Just to clarify – they beat the shit out of Loki for like three hours in that one – all leading to the subtextual future creation of the Pagan holiday Christmas, complete with Odin, Yule trees, the whole thing. Top it off with the fact normal people don’t even KNOW it’s a Christmas horror story, but instead view it as a moralistic rationale for a materialistic holiday in the name of divine genetics and human sacrifice? Even when THEY are not mostly genetically divine and are instead themselves the actual sacrifices on “Black Friday?” Shudder!

    There’s a good working title for your Christmas cage match at the North Pole, Kirk – “Black Friday.”

    Kung Fu Dinner Theater. There’s a great idea for a restaurant. See? This is what I do.

    Yes, this is with the essay deleted. I cannot write a short Christmas card. Ask my wife. She’s pissed. Always. I’m like Sheldon Cooper – if he had been kicked out of 7 high schools.

    Merry Christmas. Horrifying Christmas. However you dig it.

    Good blog. Excellent blog. Keeps drawing me back in, anyhow. As if that’s a badge of excellence. It is.

    Peace Out

  • barry millar
    Posted at 12:29h, 23 December

    merry christmas kirk have a good holiday with your family i will have to check out silent night bloody night and black christmas im sure you will remember the all through the house story in tales from the crypt 1972 its were a homicdal manic escapes from a hospital for the criminally insane hes dressed up in a santa outfit

  • John Russo
    Posted at 13:04h, 23 December

    Thanks for the shout-out! Loved your appearance on Jimmy Kimmel — great music! Merry Chriswtmas and Happy New Year! — John Russo

  • Angie D-Baca
    Posted at 13:33h, 23 December

    Happy Holiday’s to you Kirk and your Family! I hope your Holiday’s are filled with many blessings and more fondest memories. I’ve always love ALL that you do, since back in the 80’s. I think that’s the reason why my 15 yr old Daughter loves all of you, too….but who wouldn’t!!! Lol I love the idea Krampus vs Santa!!! I would love to see that outcome, great idea!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s Kirk!….\m/METALLICA\m/

  • Roger Graff
    Posted at 14:05h, 23 December

    Merry Christmas Kirk!! Looking forward to see uoubin the new year 2017 whohoo!!

  • Joe Rivera
    Posted at 14:33h, 25 December

    Happy Holiday’s Kirk! I caught Metallica’s Lollapalooza show in Chicago last year and hope you guys tour Chicago in 2017!

  • Emerald Dunne
    Posted at 16:42h, 25 December

    Nice words Kirk. Enjoy the holidays! x

  • Tracy Paseman
    Posted at 11:02h, 26 December


    Imagine what it was what like for me when I , a Democrat who voted for Hillary, had to hear my own boss
    coldly blurt out ” What’s with these snivelling Hillary people ? Just Get over it ! ” on Nov 10, when I was still trying to process it all.

    She was as inappropriate as her candidate, not even caring to see what other’s views may be in the room.

    I have to keep telling myself, ” When they go low……. you go high..”

    After spending Christmas Eve Day with family eating Hawaiian pizza and watching terrific NFL match-ups,
    I looked through my Christmas DVDs to pick out a movie, , but was just not in the mood !

    Ha ha ! I ended up watching a Japanese horror film I’d saved on DVR last October called “The Grudge”
    starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, as an American exchange student in Tokyo, who last-minute subs for a home-care girl who disappeared.

    Story revolves around vengeful ghosts of murdered family members, who live in the walls and attic !!

    Super scary and well done !!

    I guess trying to be a horror fan on Christmas day, is like trying to hold a beach ball under water !! Ha ha ha !

  • Tracy Paseman
    Posted at 12:17h, 26 December

    Oh, I almost forgot…….I’m just 4 months younger than you, and I’ve been a runner/ biker/dancer/ hiker etc. most of my life
    and a healthy eater, and I just wanted to say Thank You, for being a positive role model and taking good care of yourself !

    You inspire me to continue with my own healthy lifestyle …….The photo up top is testament to that .

    The new album is great and the performance from London’s House of Vans was incredible.
    I love Atlas, Rise!, Here Comes Revenge and Moth Into Flame.
    My next Metallica show will be # 22…hope you guys swing through the Pacific Northwest.

    I think it’s great your boys are learning string instruments, I played violin for 3 years,
    and I developed a great singing ear because of it, for choirs.
    I got to sing second soprano, with more challenging harmonies.

    Cheers and Happy New Year !

  • Andrew Denning
    Posted at 18:08h, 26 December

    Dude! What about Christmas Evil, Starring Brandon Maggart, Fiona Apple’s dad? That’s a great Christmas horror, too. Black Christmas is my fave, though.

  • Monica Kelley
    Posted at 04:18h, 30 December

    Great post, Kirk 👏.

  • Mapi Pinal
    Posted at 21:01h, 30 December

    Feliz año 2017, kirk . que este lleno de éxitos, para tu vida.

  • Mapi Pinal
    Posted at 21:04h, 30 December

    Estas guapísimo me encantas.

  • Francesca Del Monaco
    Posted at 10:00h, 08 January

    Thanks for your post Kirk!

  • Davide Fochesato
    Posted at 12:27h, 17 January

    excuse me, will there be a tour in Italy this year? @KirkHammett #KirkHammett #Metallica

  • Tracy Paseman
    Posted at 07:12h, 21 January

    Dear Kirk,

    Thank you for ALL the powerful tweets on Jan 20. . I’m in the liberal college town of Eugene , Oregon, and I’m attending a rally and march this afternoon,
    I just put the finishing touches on my signs : DUMP TRUMP, DEMOCRACY AT STAKE, and ONE LOVE, with Rasta colors, and a color illustration of people of different races interlocking arms in solidarity.

    I know you’re in Singapore right now, so I will also march for you today, on your behalf, I know you’d be marching if you could !

    My 74 year old Mom is joining me today, and my aunt , uncle, cousin, and his baby girl in Seattle are marching this afternoon, also my cousin in Kate SoCal.

    Yesterday I HAD to hear The Thing That Should Not Be and Hardwired

    Thank you for all the amazing music to console me , and pump me up, too !

    Peace out from Oregon

    • Tracy Paseman
      Posted at 08:52h, 22 January

      UPDATE : Good turnout in Eugene, Oregon’s protest march….7,000 strong in pouring rain, it was 50/50 men and women, seniors and children.

      I’m totally blown away by all the other world countries holding protest marches in solidarity with the United States !

  • Joy McKenzie
    Posted at 22:12h, 13 February

    Kirk, I was trying to sign up for your newsletter, and it keeps telling me Error: please type a comment. So…here’s a comment. Enjoyed seeing Metallica and Gaga on the Grammys last night 👏🙌 ….great stuff despite the diss and cluster F with James’ dead mic. Did you see that Ms.Laverne Cox apologized on Twitter for not introducing Metallica? After the initial cringeworthiness, the song went great! Glad the mics were on at the Palladium 😁 Just saw that you’re going to have an exhibition in August at the PEM….great excuse to go home (I live in SF, but I’m a Bostonian, born and bred), visit the fam and spend a day in Salem. Should be very cool!! 🐆👹👿

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