Holiday Horror Guide #12–Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Haven’t had a chance to see this 2010 Finnish production from director Jalmari Helander, but the trailer (coupled with the positive buzz surrounding the film) has my curiosity piqued. Taking the killer-Santa concept far beyond the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT slasher formula, the story chronicles a corporate excavating team that unearths a long-dormant Santa (the punishing-the-bad variety, not the warm-n’-fuzzy soda mascot) with gruesome results.

Though I’ve heard the terms “disturbing” and “gory” bandied about in reviews, it’s the comparison to the films of Joe Dante–or at least one–that gives me high hopes. The world needs a lot more serious killer-Santa pics.

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