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"In the vein of Silent Night, Deadly Night comes the newest in Christmas horror—Psycho Santa! While en route to a holiday gathering, young Ron teases his wife about the legend of a backwoods Santa with an axe to grind. However, when the legend comes to life, the Christmas bash turns into a holiday bloodbath!"

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Phil Davies Brown
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Review Date: 23 January 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Well here it is readers, my 100th review and as it's a special one, I have a treat for you, as this flick isn't even out in the UK yet!!

Obviously inspired by everyone's favourite festive slasher pics, the film is an enjoyable mix of Christmas slashers and anthology pics.

The story revolves around a couple on their way to a Christmas party out in the Boonies, the guy desperately wants to stay at home and watch TV so sets about trying to put his wife off. He begins to tell her about a spate of killings in the area by a pissed off burns victim in a Santa costume.

Told in flashback we learn about the killer's life and the fates of his past victims.

There are basically 5 stories, the first about a group of girls staying in a cabin in the country, the second about a blind woman being burgled, the third about some local residents the night the killer escaped from hospital, the fourth about a brother and sister with car trouble and the fifth being the wraparound story.

The fact that this film is very low budget gave it a sense of realism that actually freaked me out a little.

The stories are well thought out and the acting is surprisingly quite good too, for a real low budget movie.

Obviously the lack of budget would have put up many restrictions but the film's first time writer/director certainly found ways around it, as the camera is very involved in the story telling and made slower parts of the story interesting to watch.

The film is a little slow in places and could have been tightened up a little editing wise just to make it move a bit quicker, but there are good uses of Christmas imagery and humour. My favourite scene occured when actor Eric Spudic entered the scene of a murder and exclaimed 'Jesus'. Fearing the worst, the camera then revealed to the audience that he is looking at a nativity scene.

A very well produced and thought out low budget effort. All involved will really deliver the goods if they are given the chance to shine.

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