Why are Xmas Logs scary this yr?

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Individuals who make Xmas Log movies — are you okay? I’m fearful about you. The usual flame-filled movies of vacation cheer appear loads darker these days, and whereas I might like to know why, I’m additionally simply usually involved in your psychological well-being.

My first signal that one thing was incorrect was The Witcher: Fireplace on Netflix, which technically got here out final yr however is understandably getting re-promoted now. It’s bought a nice-looking hearth crackling away within the Nice Corridor at Kaer Morhen, however the evenly ominous music lurking within the background killed “the right backdrop for a comfy vibe” that Netflix promised.

Then Yellowjackets bought within the sport on Wednesday with a Xmas Log that stored the logs however appears to have missed the Xmas. It’s simply two hours of creepy vibes and freaky Easter eggs.

So even when I give the creepy Xmas Log’s the side-eye, if a scary hearth brings you some sadistic sense of pleasure, or helps you address the sensation of pressured vacation cheer that appears to permeate every little thing this time of yr, then hey, okay, I get it. Typically we simply need our artwork to mirror the world, and 2022 hasn’t been universally nice. For lots of people, it’s been fairly shitty. If it helps you get by to have ominous whispers popping out of the audio system whereas a desolate winter scene hovers on the display, go for it. You do you.

Personally, I activate a Xmas Log as a result of I need an escape from <waves arms> all this. I don’t have a fire in my NYC house, so I activate one of many “Fire For Your Dwelling” movies on Netflix whereas I wrestle items into wrapping paper. I’m precisely the type of person who programmers had in thoughts when WPIX started the TV Yule Log tradition by broadcasting a three-hour loop of a hearth in 1966.

I do know it’s primary, however probably the most thrilling factor I wish to determine if I need the basic or Birch variations. Deliver on the flames. I’ll save the scares for one more season.

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