Archive for December 23rd, 2009
Haunted by his past with shocking memories of seeing Santa with his Mother, and the revelation from his older brother that Santa does not exist, Harry Stadling (Brandon Maggart) struggles with reality as he is abused and mistreated by co-workers at a toy factory. In a moment of madness, Harry takes control, dressing as Santa and stealing toys and deciding who has need naughty or nice.
It works on several levels, but for most it’s slow starting and hard work, mainly due to the plot which drags for the majority of the film. Maggart’s acting is the one fine point, which is over the top for the most part. Cheap 70’s TV style doesn’t help but the film falls due to leaving a single actor to carry such a simple obvious plot. Highlights include some unbelievers murdered on the steps of a church with children’s toys, a fine lance to the eye is memorable and a hatchet to the head. The huge witch hunt through the streets at the end is good fun though; complete with burning lanterns and the final scene is cinema magic.