‘Just when you thought it was safe to look at the calendar again’
Good Tidings is a 2016 British horror film directed by Stuart W. Bedford (Apocalypse) from a screenplay co-written with Giovanni Gentile and Stu Jopia. It is produced by Two-Headed Snake Entertainment and Blue Fox Entertainment.
Director-writer Stuart W. Bedford explained the ethos behind the production: “We’ve always been fascinated by exploitation movies. Good Tidings is our love letter to those phenomenal slashers from the ’70s and ’80s, tied together by a festive satire: Christmas is cruel to the poor.”
The film had a micro-budget of £15,000 and was shot on location in a disused courthouse in Southport, Merseyside.
A homeless war veteran with a chequered past must rely on a side of himself once thought buried when he and his companions are targeted by three vicious psychopaths wearing Santa suits on Christmas Day…
“Good Tidings is a straightforward slice-and-dice siege movie. I don’t consider it to be bad, even though it is cheap, trashy, and violent, intentionally for all three and unintentionally for the latter two. The film has good intentions to be a spiritual successor to exploitation-era thrillers. It merely lacks the filmmaking finesses to pull it off.” Culture Crypt
“This delivers what you would normally expect from a British production, it is a serious and straight-forward slasher picture. There is not one ounce of comedy in this and it is more typical of a British drama that has been thrown into a horror scenario, with serious themes and subplots you might not expect to appear in this subgenre.” The Movie Sleuth
“With a dash of social commentary regarding homelessness and addiction, plus an indictment on society in general, the politics of Blood Tidings are right on. It’s just a shame that the quest to make a good n’ scary Christmas horror film didn’t quite work out. With a dash of social commentary regarding homelessness and addiction, plus an indictment on society in general, the politics of Blood Tidings are right on. It’s just a shame that the quest to make a good n’scary Christmas horror film didn’t quite work out.” The Schlock Pit
“Stuart W. Bedford directs with a keen eye, and together with a witty script makes damn well sure that every scene is either filled with Christmas spirit or buckets of blood. Aided ably by cinematographer Shane de Almeida, he creates some truly iconic frames, and he a great handle on the atmosphere and tension.” UK Horror Scene