CHRISTMAS CRUELTY! (2013) Reviews and overview

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Christmas Cruelty! – original title: O’Hellige Jul! [“Oh Holy Christmas!”] – is a 2013 Norwegian dark comedy horror feature film directed by Per-Ingvar Tomren and Magne Steinsvoll from a screenplay co-written with Eline Aasheim, Janne Iren Holseter and Anita Nyhagen. The Stonewall Productions movie stars Eline Asssheim, Tormond Lien and Magne Steinsvill.


We follow a serial killer and his victims as they all prepare for Christmas in their own ways. This year it doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice, Santa is coming to town no matter what, and he knows where you live…


“When this movie shows a scene of a person being decapitated, it’s not like your typical slasher movie. Jason at least had the decency to cut his victims heads off in one swing. In Christmas Cruelty, the killer here uses a knife to painstakingly cut a person’s head off, for a full twenty minutes, on screen, with each sound of the bone crunching and blood squirting, for your viewing… “pleasure.” Fanpop

“The movie was filmed by first-time directors Per-Ingvar Tomren and Magne Steinsland, and featured a cast of amateur actors . . . but what the film lacks in polish, it makes up in buckets of blood and truly messed up situations (and dark humor).” Fansided

“With an extreme level of festive sadism, Christmas Cruelty is no John Lewis ad. Its depravity won’t be for everyone, but if you’ve got the stomach for it, O’Hellige Jul! is a nasty little Christmas gift to genre fans that I thoroughly recommend you unwrap as soon as you can.” UK Horror Scene

“While the acting is about as rank amateur as you can get, the script is mostly ad-libs and the directing is basically pointing a video camera at people, the gore effects are surprisingly top-notch. Not that I really cared by the time that point rolled around, but in one scene we have a guy get his face smashed in with a hammer, a surprisingly well-crafted effect for what is clearly a zero-budget movie.” Video Junkie

“This unique slice of Norwegian cruelty combines holiday levity with extreme brutality like no other movie I’ve seen. One moment you are watching a silly and laid-back slacker comedy, the next scene has a killer do things like power-saw a baby to death with happy holiday music in the background.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

Cast and characters:

  • Eline Aasheim … Eline
  • Tormod Lien … Serial-Santa
  • Magne Steinsvoll … Magne
  • Per-Ingvar Tomren … Per-Ingvar
  • Raymond Talberg … Boybandreka
  • Nina-Shanett Arntsen … Daughter
  • Tone Søyset Døving … Victim #1
  • Jørgen Torp … Victim #2
  • Eiric Lien … Victim #3
  • Ranja Hjelvik … Victim #4
  • Vilde Reiten Gommesen … Victim #5
  • Thomas Utgård … Thomas
  • Solveig Sahr Bergheim … Solveig
  • Frans Hulsker … Christmas tree salesman
  • Olav Kåre Torjuul … Chainsaw salesman
  • Mats Nerli … Mats
  • Irene Anita Holsether … Wife
  • Torgeir Marvin Utgård … Torgeir
  • Martinus Ersvik … Martinus

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