Red Christmas – Australia, 2016 – reviews

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‘This Christmas the only thing under the tree is terror.’

Red Christmas is a 2016 Australian horror feature film written and directed by Craig Anderson. The movie stars Dee Wallace, Sarah Bishop and Geoff Morrell.

Plot:

Matriarch Diane (Dee Wallace) has invited her children to celebrate one last Christmas in their family home. Amid celebrations and domestic drama, they receive a visit from a mysterious stranger. Disfigured and cloaked, they feel sorry for him until they discover his extreme religious motives and anti-abortion message…

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“Dialogue seems to be Anderson’s main strength in Red Christmas, and he is at his best when satirising the horror genre as a whole. For example, taking running shots at mobile communication breakdowns as a stock standard contrivance in slasher flicks, and of course, having the characters make unnecessarily bold moves that end up being stupid mistakes.” The Iris

“The home invasion angle, although quite cat and mouse, is still entertaining, the dialogue between characters, especially Jerry who plays a conscious young man – quite comedic at times – has a depth and realism that will connect with the audience. Minus the gore, Red Christmas appears like a made for television drama or a film…” Horror Talk

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“A horror-comedy with gore to the wall, Anderson’s film takes a really wicked premise and uses it to playfully address the theme of a woman’s right to choose … But somewhere along the way, Red Christmas loses steam in the monotony of stalk, kill, stalk, kill, rinse, repeat. Everything leading up to the killings is fantastic – really engaging, funny stuff with an entertaining ensemble.” Bloody Disgusting

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“A couple of gore gags are neat in a 1980s sort of way … but there’s little suspense. It’s unusual for a film like this to have an older heroine, and veteran Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling) has an intensity which overwhelms the mostly-Australian supporting cast.” The Kim Newman Web Site

” … if you dig old school horror that kills first and asks questions later, then you’ll find a lot to love about Anderson’s Red Christmas. The story itself, although predictable, is straightforward and never wavers. In doing so, it lets the violence reign without ever slowing down the narrative and the film thrives because of it.” The Missing Reel

“We know that people are going to die in Red Christmas, but the execution of the kills is where this film exceeds expectations. There are stunning moments that hit you like a brick, shots that will leave you in awe of their terrifying beauty. It’s an unsettling feeling to enjoy the murder of these innocent people, but murder has never looked so beautiful.” Scream magazine

“An energetic, candy-colored romp through genre tropes that manages to take its subject matter seriously while poking fun at itself at the same time.” Variety

Main cast and characters:

  • Dee Wallace … Diane – The Howling; Cujo; The Lords of Salem
  • Geoff Morrell … Joe
  • Janis McGavin … Ginny
  • Gerard O’Dwyer … Jerry (as Gerard Odwyer)
  • David Collins … Peter
  • Sam Campbell … Cletus
  • Sarah Bishop … Suzy
  • Bjorn Stewart … Scott
  • Deelia Meriel … Hope
  • Anthony Jensen … Farmer
  • Atlas Adams … Protestor
  • Alistair Bates … Bomber
  • Robert Anderson … Sheriff

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