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Booze is an important component of this short-film omnibus, which ranges from inept Seattle killers (in the ongoing comic serial Every Day Is a Journey) to an inept New York bartender (in Mitch McGee's Bartender serial). The standout, however, in the looming holiday season is the 16-minute Canadian horror spoof Treevenge. Did you ever feel guilty about our annual Christmas arborcide? Isn't the annual harvesting of evergreens tantamount to a Yuletide holocaust? That's the premise to Treevenge, set in a late '70s/early '80s horror heyday, with cheesy synth score and subtitles provided for the stunned firs and pines that are being hacked and harvested for the holiday Final Solution. "What have we done to deserve this?" one tree squeals. "Why is this happening?" Some trees are butchered and baled for our adornment/humiliation. Others are just chopped into wreaths. ("You are scaring the saplings!" one parent tree cautions another in the box car en route to the Dachau Christmas Tree Farm.) Needless to say, the trees will have their, er, treevenge. And when it comes, no family, cat, or child will be safe from the stomping, strangling, chopping, bough-impaling payback! Afterwards, viewers may opt for a safe plastic tree. We look forward to the sequel, Revenge of the Lawn. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Wed., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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