Red Christmas, Gives The Gifts Of Horror
Red Christmas Film Details
Director: Craig Anderson
Writer: Craig Anderson
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour, 22 Minutes
A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.
Red Christmas has released on October 17th, 2017. Produced by Artsploitation Films. It has already received a great response from critics. The film definitely lives up to the hype.
The Blu-ray (SRP $22.99) and DVD (SRP $17.99) releases of Red Christmas will exclusively include a feature-length commentary with writer-director Craig Anderson, interviews with Dee Wallace, Gerald Odwyer and Craig Anderson, bloopers and more.
Christmas is a supposed to be a time of family, joy, and fun. People gather and celebrate the holiday with a feast, happy music, and exciting gifts. Yet, some families forget the true meaning of Christmas. This family will soon remember.
Meet the immediate family. Diane (portrayed by Dee Wallace), the mother. Joe, (portrayed by Geoff Morrell), Suzy (portrayed by Sarah Bishop), Ginny (portrayed by Janis McGavin), Jerry (portrayed by Gerard Odwyer), and Hope (portrayed by Deelia Meriel). Peter (portrayed by David Collins) and Scott (portrayed by Bjorn Stewart) are the significant others of Suzy and Jinny.
Everyone in the family is going through personal battles, and the family suffering a bigger battle. This family has become a staple in a lot of Horror films, more-so holiday themed films. And, likewise, these smaller battles get pushed to the side as they deal with something bigger.
Diane and her estranged family are all spending time together for the holidays in their family home she is getting ready to sell. A night of good times take a turn for the worse when Cletus (portrayed by Sam Campbell) pays a visit. Cletus is a mysterious stranger swaddled in bandages and a cloak.
When his attempts at trying to make peace with them fail, he resorts to more drastic measures, invading their home, holding them hostage, and playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.
Dee Wallace brings her absolute best in this role of the mother who feels she has lost everything and is ready to take her life in a different direction. She tries to stay happy and positive and keep the family together, but her efforts fail with frequent interruptions of negativity and fighting among the family members. To add the icing to the cake, the unintended visit of Cletus puts everyone on edge and creates an even bigger fuss.
Sam Campbell brings a lot to the story, the character of Cletus, and the film with his amazing talent. A character that is memorable.
The camera angles are up-close and personal with the subject at hand. There are high and low angles scattered throughout. The camera effects are also intense throughout the film.
The cast performances are amazing. Dee Wallace does great as always. Sam Campbell does great as Cletus. This is one character that requires a lot of attention to, as he is, not only a major part of the story, but he also puts on a great antagonist performance.
The wardrobe selections simple here. The main focus is the costume of Cletus, who looks like a sick homeless person. He is wrapped in bandages and a cloak that covers his whole body. You can’t even see his face or hands. The viewer will become involved with this character when witnessing how ruthless people are to him when he approaches them with kind.
The special effects are great. This film is, surprisingly, filled with a great deal of violence and gore. The trailer briefly showed this. Get ready for a rather blood-soaked cinematic experience. The story for Red Christmas is original and innovative. This plot also hasn’t been frequented as far as I know. This family is being preyed upon by a random stranger, who is not so much a stranger, rather closer than they think. They find out soon enough, the skeletons that have been hiding in the closet. When they get one chance at redemption, they turn the cold shoulder. Thus, creating one heck of a night for themselves.
There is a few jump scares in Red Christmas. This is effective and adds to the intensity. The violence also adds to the scare factor, as they are blunt and almost ruthless.
The score is a great accompanying piece to this film. Interwoven is holiday-inspired music, and dramatic theatrical sounds to heighten the intensity of the film. The ending composition piece is a beautiful, but emotional song.
This film also has an important underlying message. Be grateful for what you have, but also to do to others as you would want to be done to yourself. The golden rule, as they. You get what you give. This should be the oldest lesson in the book. It’s a lesson that this family learns the hard way.
Red Christmas is refreshing in the theme of holiday Horror. Director Craig Anderson takes a well-traveled genre and delivers an innovative pitch. Top it off with great special effects and a spectacular cast. This film is a delight.
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