PSYCHO SANTA (2003) Reviews and overview

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‘He knows when you’ve been bad or good’
Psycho Santa is a 2003 American horror anthology film written and directed by Peter Keir (Wolfika). The movie stars Krystal Stevenson, Jason Barnes and Jeff Samford.

The synth score was provided by Steve Sessions (Zombie Pirates; Torment; Cremains).

A sequel, Psycho Santa 2, was made in 2011 by Lucien Eisenach however it remained unreleased until December 2021.

Ron (Jeff Stanford) and his wife Jess (Michelle Samford) are travelling by car to their friends’ Christmas party in the country. Ron tells scary tales, one of which is about a Santa-obsessed serial killer who is allegedly still on the loose…

Psycho Santa looks surprisingly good for a shot on video feature, and the gore effects are not bad at all. The problem is, it’s simply too long. Well, maybe not too long – it runs about 81 minutes – but there’s just nothing happening for most of that time.” Cult films and the people who make them

“It’s entertainment for those who get excited about senseless killings and are not too concerned about a lifeless story. The film is held down by too many slow-moving scenes and long takes over uninteresting episodes that add nothing to the plot…” Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

“While I’m all for a movie about an insane Santa who likes to dismember people and wrap up their body parts, this movie is mostly dialogue-less, dull nonsense…with people walking around. At least the filmmakers must’ve realised the film was padded enough, as the end credits are really short.” Digital Retribution

“While the acting is poor and the technical limitations staggering, the anthology presentation encourages brevity within each tale. The overall pacing of the film suffers from what could easily have been rectified with the inclusion of another story, but the filmmakers instead chose to stretch the running time with extended un-sexy showers and bumbling burglars.” Horror Talk


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