Red Christmas, Rings In The Holidays With Horror
Red Christmas Film Details
Director: Craig Anderson
Writer: Craig Anderson
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour, 22 Minutes
Genre icon Dee Wallace stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance.
Artsploitation has unwrapped a gift for all the bad boys and girls with the upcoming limited release of the Australian horror film Red Christmas. Veteran television director and actor Craig Anderson makes his feature debut with Red Christmas, combining the banal horror of family gatherings with the issues of abortion, feminism, ethics, religion and privacy, with a blood-splattered twist on what happens when secrets refuse to stay dead.
Red Christmas will have a limited theatrical release on August 25, 2017 at;
Laemmle Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills, California.
Produced by Artsploitation Films. The Horror, Thriller has already reaped success among critics.
The Red Christmas trailer looks like a fun time. A family gathers for the Holidays. Diane (Dee Wallace) suggests the family says what they are thankful for. A night of good times turns into a night of Horror when the family is being targeted by an unknown assailant and are forced to fight for their lives.
Who, or what is chasing the family does not reveal itself in the trailer, and this is a good thing. You can see attacks happening, and everyone is frantic. You can see the violence and even gore. This makes it full of mystery and suspense. The special effects look good. Note the bloody head gushing in one scene in the trailer. This is an expected scene I will look forward to in the film.
The cinematography is great. The camera angles are close up and focused on the character. Almost as if it’s a Found Footage film, but it plays like a traditional film. There are two scenes with a red and green color tint, and this is a nice touch. The background score as everything is happening gives it a creepy vibe. Here, you have this family that’s being slaughtered, while dramatic Christmas music is playing in the background. There are also some dramatic theatrical sounds that intensify this experience.
The cast performances look phenomenal with a mix of icons and other well-known faces in cinema entertainment.
Holiday-themed Horror films can be a fun time. A lot of them involve a similar plot. Pitch one: families get together for a night of food, music, and fun. The night takes a wrong turn when the guests get invaded and targeted by some unknown predator.
Pitch two: families taking a road trip for the holidays to some place in the middle of nowhere. They get into a car crash and run off the road, or the car runs out of gas, and they find themselves stranded with the next town miles away.
While stranded, they become the target of a predator of some sort. A serial killer or an unknown creature.
Since the 1970’s, Holiday Horror movies have been a popular trend. Some groundbreaking films of the genre:
April Fool’s Day (Fred Walton, 1986)is a great film about the holiday. The film is about a group of college students who become victim to a senseless murderer. After watching this film, April Fool’s Day has become a day I get paranoid on.
Trick R Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007) has one of the best original plots I have seen in a while in Horror cinema. It’s like an anthology, except all the stories, get interwoven rather than told. One of my favorites is the pack of werewolves. Given how just about every werewolf movie goes in modern cinema, this story is innovative for its originality and creativity.
This movie also has an awesome little demon, named Sam (portrayed by Quinn Lord), who has become somewhat of a Horror icon. Now, you see little Sam just about everywhere, in social media.
My favorite Holiday is Halloween, and I am always excited when a themed movie comes out. I don’t feel there are enough Horror movies that complement this Holiday. Of course, we have Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978). This movie was ahead of its time given the decade. When directors and filmmakers broke the rules of cinema, so to speak. From this point on, movies have become more violent, depraved and gory. Fast forward to the Present Day, as they say, “the sky is the limit”.
The Funhouse Massacre (Andy Palmer, 2015) is one another favorite Halloween-themed film of mine. Also, one of the best Haunted House movies to date. It follows six notorious psychopaths who escape from an insane asylum. They hide out in a haunted house, masquerading themselves as the staff. A bloodbath ensues.
Horror icon Robert Englund stars in this fun and depraved Comedy, Horror with violent kills and just enough gore to satisfy the urges.