As cheesy and dated as you'd expect an 80s teen slasher to be, but an offbeat energy and colorful cast (especially a delightfully unhinged Deborah Foreman) keep it moving toward a fun twist ending. Easily one of the best of the holiday-themed 80s slashers.
I've seen this often over 20 years and I always think I will outgrow it someday due to its juvenileness, but I remain constantly engaged with it. I am also always at first annoyed by the cast and its bro-ish humor, but soon can't help but smile and like every one of them. It also sports the most obvious end twist in history, but I always find myself thinking that it works and still even appears memorable and novel.
Not the most captivating slasher, but it certainly has some balls! Definitely one of the genre's Most diabolically clever entries, using familiar, manipulative elements to confuse and mercilessly tease the viewer.
Great likable cast! Is not that strong on repeat viewings, and the tone is a bit light for me, but it's still an essential 80s slasher (?). Watching it drunk, the pouring of the beer into the fake head was a riot. Yeah, that's my end point.
Light on the violence but heavy on the mystery. I can see how the resolution could upset some viewers, but if you spend some time thinking about it the story is actually pretty sick (making your friends go through all of that and so on).