"The holiday chopping season runs late when an axe-toting maniac dressed as Santa makes a Christmas Eve visit to a philandering wife who murdered her husband."

-- DVD description for the episode



A greedy philandering wife (Mary Ellen Trainor) kills her second husband (Marshall Bell) for his insurance money. Upon getting rid of the body, she is unexpectedly attacked by a hideous escaped mental patient (Larry Drake) dressed as Santa Claus who has been going around killing women. She soon realizes that her own young daughter is in complete danger from within the horrific situation.

'Twas the night before Christmas "And All Through the House", lives a girl, a wife and soon to be ex-spouse. The mantle is warm, presents are under the tree, and Christmas tunes are playing as you can see. The father reads a classical Christmas book, when the fire was dying, that's when he took a look. The wife had the fire poker in her hand, "Let me have it" was the husbands command. Alas the poor husband ended up dead when the wife took the poker to his head. The loud thud woke the girl, thinking it's Santa Claus, when she came downstairs, the wife she did pause. The wife rushed to the stairs and says "What are you doing up, dear?" The girls says "I heard a thud. Is Santa Claus here?" The wife says "Not yet." and walks her back to bed, but when the girl said "Good night" to her father from the stairs, she didn't know he was dead. The wife said "Go back to sleep or Santa won't come at all." As the girl goes to sleep, the wife was going to make a call. Before she leaves, the girl says she's hot, so the wife opens the window a little, not a lot. She's on the phone with her new honey, saying the deed is done, it's all theirs, the house and the money. The wife actually got her boyfriends answering machine, after she left the message, she has her mess to clean. On the radio, important news was on the air, news that will give you a great big scare. It's not monsters, nor wolves with large manes, it's a killer from the home for the criminally insane. A heavyset, early 50's man in a Santa Claus suit, who is also a serial killing brute. The news says lock your doors and window sills, for he's escaped and is loose in Pleasentville. 4 women were killed by the man and an ax he had with, and the wife indeed is going to be the fifth. The wife pay no attention for she has to go finish her plan in the ice cold snow. She dragged the body to the well to throw him down, but before she can, she heard a noise and looked around. She saw nothing, but as she walked back, the maniac was there and ready to attack. Wielding an ax, he tries to attack in haste, but the wife grabs and icicle and sliced his face.

Cast Edit

Larry Drake - Santa

Marshall Bell - Husband

Mary Ellen Trainor - Wife

Lindsey Whitney Barry - Carrie Ann

John E. Coates - Police Officer (voice) (uncredited)

Opening Segment Edit

The Crypt Keeper is wearing a complete santa suit. He is hardly recognizable as he has a mask over his face. He walks in carrying a bag of something and slams it on the table.

"Ho, ho, ho, kiddies! Just your old pal the Crypt Keeper having a little holiday fun. Why else would I be in this getup...unless there was a Claus in my contract? In fact, I've got some Christmas goose for you...goose bumps, that is. Yes, indeedy. A little terror tale, chock-full of holiday fear...I mean cheer, of course. So get a gander of a Yuletide yelp-yarn that goes a little something like this 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house."

Closing Segment Edit

"Well, how was that for a scream boys and ghouls? Oh, don't worry about little Carrie. This particular Santa preferred older women... in pieces, that is. Well, it just goes to show you be very careful of what you ax for for Christmas. You might just get it.

Trivia Edit

  • This episode is available on the Tales from the Crypt: The Complete First Season DVD.
  • This story has previously been adapted in a segment in the 1972 film version of the comic.
  • In the season one episode "And All Through the House", the radio announcer warns the "Gaines County Area" of the escaped maniac in a Santa suit. This is a reference to William Gaines, publisher of the comic books in the 1950s. Also, when the police officer calls the wife, he says his name is "Feldstien", a reference to Al Feldstien, one of Gaines' top EC Comics employees.
  • The title is the first line from "A Visit from St. Nicholas" first published anonymously in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore.
  • This is the first time where the Cryptkeeper says the title of the story.

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