At HitFix we're prodded to come up with a unique angle on every story we post, and here's the angle for what you're about to read: William Shatner made a Christmas-themed horror movie. I'm not sure quite how else to put it.

From the press release:

RLJ Entertainment, (NASDAQ: RLJE), under its Image Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated horror film, 'A Christmas Horror Story.'  Directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey ('She Made Me Do It') and Brett Sullivan ('Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed'), the film stars William Shatner ('Star Trek') and George Buza ('X-Men').  The film will premiere on July 20, 2015 at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today.  

The film seems to be taking an anthology approach to the holiday, with three interlocking tales: 1) a family is hunted by the folkloric anti-Santa Claus demon Krampus; 2) Santa must fight off zombie elves; 3) a family begin to fear something is seriously wrong with their seven-year-old son after chopping down a Christmas tree in the forest.

Mandatory post to follow on how Krampus is suddenly and inexplicably the hottest monster in horror movies.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.