Directed by Reinert Kiil.
Starring Helene Eidsvåg, Stig Henrik Hoff, Yassmine Johansen, and Sondre Krogtoft Larsen.
After being in solitary for almost 6 years, psychopath escapes a couple days before Christmas night.
Reinert Kiil’s Christmas Blood gains a favorable comparison versus this year’s avalanche of Z-grade Xmas Horror for a simple reason: Kiil shoots a competent cinematic product. Elves, Ugly Sweater Party, Krampus Origins – one critic can only endure so much red-and-green genre slop before throwing in the snow-white flag. Then along comes an Artsploitation email lauding their newest Norwegian holiday slasher, with an accompanying trailer that resembles an actual movie. Not some backyard home video with mute “Elf on the Shelf” dummies. A real, adequately framed, moodily lit, squirmy practical effects horror film.
Granted, Christmas Blood is still generic and motivationally silly by usual horror standards – but in the psycho St. Nick world? One must