Santa’s Slay

by on Dec.22, 2009, under Daily Review

Santa, son of Satan has a bet with an Angel, some 1000 years ago involving the punt of a stone, nearest to a water hole wins. Santa loses out and is forced to stop being nasty for the 1000 year duration, to end the reign of the day of slaying once SantasSlayper year. Times up and he’s back to settle the score, with humanity, the Angel and family of the Angel. It’s all a bit crazy, loads of kung fu kick boxing Santa moments, candy cane in the eye is good, but for the majority, it’s a glossy all American pie with some over the top ‘Three Stooges’ violence which is trying to far too hard to look like Gremlins and Home Alone. That said, it is what it is, and it’s damn good fun and entertaining with a good cast of actors. Emilie de Raven and Rebecca Gayheart as horror’s newly acclaimed veteran scream-queens and are both great in this, Raven stealing the show in every scene, although this role is obviously not as taxing and/or rewarding as her outing in Hills Have Eyes. Bill Goldberg is 100% Satan Santa, a great huge performance which keeps the focus on this crazy little story, whilst Douglas Smith, although has some ability, will not be picking up any Golden Globes this time around and for the most of it, blends into the scenery. Plenty of bad taste humour and bawdy one liners fill out the script which is all good and fun but what lets the film down is some cheap looking blue screen and nowhere near enough gore. Shame, but beyond this, it’s good, rude, offensive rock n roll B movie slay ride.


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