The second film to be released under the FrightFest Presents label, the new venture from leading independent distributor Signature Entertainment and leading genre festival FrightFest, SECRET SANTA debuted at this year’s prestigious FrightFest Glasgow, and is the perfect stocking-stuffer for horror fans suffering Halloween withdrawals and in need of a fix of gore and giggles.
Secret Santa kicks off my Christmas 2018 film season with a wonderful launch, and for those who love Christmas movies, this film whilst certainly isnt a film featuring The Griswalds, more like the anti-Griwalds but is such a huge pile of fun that I can see Secret Santa being on my yealy watching list alongside Gremlins, Christmas Vacation and The Ref (a.k.a. Hostile Hostages)
The film sets itself up wonderfully with a Santa snowglobe centre screen, whilst we see a fight between many people going on in the background. Cut to ‘Four Hours Earlier’ and we hear the same Christmas tune played on several different car radios as friends and family all head to the same home to celebrate Christmas together. The time of joy and forgiveness and people being nice to each other, this is not it.
When the gathering takes an unexpected turn due to the punch being spiked with a military grade version of truth serum The already dysfunctional group come unstuck in a crazy scenes of vocal outbursts which dig up more skeletons from closets than a country full of cemeteries. (to be honest though, the dialogue exchanges way before the punch is spiked, is the sort of conversations that make gatherings a nightmre – highly entertaining but still a nightmare)
When you watch Secret Santa, you do get to a certain point in the film where you remember that this is a Frightfest Presents film, and that you havent seen much horror, but rest assured.with the stroke of a single dinner fork, the horror begins and turns the heat up on this very quirky, wonderfully written story and it doesnt let up until the film is complete.
Whilst the blood is aplenty, and the horror scenes are wonderfully handled, the highlight for me is the gorgeous mix of characters with some of the most well written insults and dialogue exchanges that Ive seen for many years.The cast are fantastic and the timing of the insult battles is uncomfortable and cringe worthy in place (and i mean that as a compliment) s, but brilliantly hysterical.
This really is a fun film and I do urge you to check it out, and if you go to a Christmas party this year and your family isnt the most functional. Then dont drink the punch!
Released on DVD 5th Nov and DIGITAL HD on 3rd Dec, courtesy of FrightFest Presents