[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] ‘HOLIDAY FEAR’ FINDS A NEW TWIST ON THE KILLER SANTA GENRE

 

We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing a short film each week in an effort to give a signal boost to shorts we enjoy.

 

Huge chunks of North America are in the middle of a brutal heat wave, so why not indulge in a little Christmas in July fun? Of course, this being a site dedicated to sleaze, violence, and all the other little things that make exploitation films so much fun, HOLIDAY FEAR is not a feel-good, Hallmark Channel tale.

 

 

I enjoy creepy Santa Claus movies. There is such fun to be had with taking such an iconic figure of goodness and light, putting a sharp implement in his hands, and unleashing him on a group of one-dimensional victims. The twist that writer/director Nicholas Santos gives that well-worn conceit is to begin right after the evil Santa has been defeated and show the kind of vicious nature it takes to survive that kind of slasher film. This is quick, funny, and slightly mean-spirited comedic horror with killer opening and closing shots.

 

 

–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)

Matt Wedge

Matt Wedge

Matt Wedge is a writer, film fanatic, cat herder, and Daily Grindhouse news editor whose obsession with the films of Larry Cohen and sticking up for unfairly-maligned cinematic bombs can be read at his site, Obsessive Movie Nerd. You can follow him on Twitter as @MovieNerdMatt.
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