Many of us have thrown a yule log video up on the TV or computer during the holiday season—especially those who don’t have a fireplace at their disposal. Usually the video is just a few logs crackling away. Sometimes they may include music. And every once in a while, they come with a slight twist such as being set in various Marvel superheroes’ homes or including Parks and Recreation‘s Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman, quietly sipping whisky by the fire.
But this year, one yule log video takes things to very strange and unexpected places. The Hawkins Family Yule Log video begins simply, with a shot of the living room and Christmas tree and decorations before zooming in on the logs ablaze. The logs crackle and pop like any other yule log video for a good half hour or so. But eventually things begin happening around the fireplace that transform the basic holiday season video into a little horror movie of sorts.
Continue below to check it out.
The video is written and directed by Edmond Hawkins, and the cast includes someone horror fans may recognize, Lauren Ashley Carter, who starred in The Woman, Jug Face, Pod and Darling among others.
If you’re just interested in seeing the parts when the yule log video becomes something more, you can find the times to jump to and what happens below the full cast listed under the video. Be warned, however, that these descriptions do spoil what happens. If you’d rather avoid spoilers just do what I did and skim a few seconds ahead at a time until something happens, watch, then repeat.
Written and Directed By Edmond Hawkins
Lauren Ashley Carterâ€¦â€¦…Daughter
Mo Fry Pasicâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦….â€¦â€¦.Mom
Tabitha Vidaurriâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.â€¦..Great Grandma
Jason Messinaâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.â€¦â€¦Great Grandpa
Brett Davisâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦….â€¦..Officer 1
Ryan Bennettâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..â€¦â€¦..Officer 2
Cory Cavinâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦….â€¦â€¦..That Good Guy
Josh Layâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦….â€¦..That Bad Guy
( Full Cast and Crew Credits Below)
S C E N E S E L E C T I O N (spoilers)
1. 0:01 ESTABLISHING SHOT OF LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE BLAZING
2. 30-40 MINUTES OF FIRE BURNING NORMALCY
Just your typical Yule Log movie you would watch at Christmas Time. NOTHING ELSE
3. 33:33 DOG Walks Through Frame
4. 37:37 A STOCKING Gets Added To The MANTLE
***5. 45:42 MOM carrying a TRAY of MILK and COOKIES [for Santa] Trips, Falls And Knocks Herself Out Cold For 2 Minutes. 47:17 Daughter Walks by passed out Mom, takes floor cookie and leaves. 48:13 Mom wakes up
6. 51:39 SON Throws FIREWORKS Into The Fireplace
7. 53:30 GRANDPARENTS Arrive – Greeted By Mom And Dad.
8. 57:39 Grandma Brought Gifts. 58:08 Son Gets BBGUN Daughter gets socks. She throws it off screen and kicks the fireplace in frustration. 58:40 The kick knocked something loose in the flu of the chimneyâ€¦ Itâ€™s a book. 59:08 The book glows as She picks it up and walks away intrigued by it.
9. 1:01:11 SON + DAUGHTER play William Tell + accidentally destroy URN (holding Dadâ€™s Parents)
10. 1:03:04 GRANDMA cleans up and accidentally breathes in the ashes.
11. 1:07:12 DAD Sneaks A swig of WHISKEY
12. 1:14:14 DAUGHTER Asks GRANDPA About The Book She Found. Itâ€™s The NECRONOMICON!
***13. 1:14:23 GRANDPAâ€™s FLASHBACK to when he read from the BOOK
14. 1:14:45 GRANDPA Throws BOOK In Fire And Storms Off w GRAND DAUGHTER
16. 1:18:28 The Fire went out. SON Sprays Lighter Fluid To Get It Started Again. Daughter adds more when they step away.
***17. 1:21:26 DAD Relights, thereâ€™s a HUGE FIREBALL And CATCHES ON FIRE
***18. 1:23:04 FAMILY FIGURES IT OUT, FIGHTS POSSESSED DAUGHTER, ACCIDENTALLY DIES BODY DRAGGED OFF
19. 1:25:23 GRANDMA CLEANS UP
20. 1:27:28 DAD Has Another Drink, Chugging The Rest Of The Bottle
21. 1:31:24 DAUGHTER’s Remains, Now In A Burlap Bag, Gets Thrown Into The Fire. HEAD ROLLS OUT – DAMNS HOUSE AND EVERYONE IN IT.
***22. 1:32:06 GRANDPA SHOOTS POSSESSED DAUGHTERâ€™S HEAD
23. 1:32:37 GRANDMA CLEANS UP
***24. 1:33:30 PORTAL TO HELL OPENS UP 1:34:16 SCORPION BATS INFEST HOME!
***25. 1:34:35 CAMERA GETS KNOCKED BACK, FACING THE CEILING. We See GRANDPA + GRANDMA FIGHTING THE SCORPION BATS
Theyâ€™re surprisingly agile and bad ass. Grandma has the Shotgun and Grandpa is wielding a revolver.
****26. 1:34:45 CAMERA GETS Righted By Dad. 1:35:16 Last Scorpion Bat is killed. Portal Closes
27. 1:35:52 GRANDMA CLEANS UP
28. 1:36:34 DAD Calls 911 (Against GRANDPAs Wishes)
***29. 1:39:18 COPS ARRIVE 1:40:04 GET KILLED By MONSTER
***30. 1:41:35 GRANDMA GIVES UP ON CLEANING
***31. 1:43:02 PORTAL OPENS AND DAUGHTER COMES OUT
***32. 1:44:36 DAD agrees to take GRANDPA’s advice. 1:45:10 Summons Jesus who 1:45:45 Fights Satan + Freezes over Hell