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Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale (2005)

Películas para no dormir: Cuento de navidad (original title)
In 1985, in a coastal town, the friends Koldo, Peti, Tito, Eugenio and Moni stumble with a woman dressed like Santa Claus trapped in a hole in the woods. While to boys go to the police ... See full summary »

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In 1985, in a coastal town, the friends Koldo, Peti, Tito, Eugenio and Moni stumble with a woman dressed like Santa Claus trapped in a hole in the woods. While to boys go to the police station to ask for help, the others find a rope to take the woman out of the hole. However, the boys find in the police station that the woman is the dangerous thief Rebeca Expósito, who has just stolen two million pesetas from a bank and is wanted. The group decides to leave the woman in the hole without any food to force her to give the robbed money to them. Meanwhile, Peti and Eugenio that are fans of the movie "Zombie Invasion", decide to make a voodoo ceremony with Rebecca to transform her into a zombie. When Rebecca escapes from her imprisonment, she uses an axe to chase the evil boys. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Conte de Noël  »

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Except for Rebeca and the actors in TV, all the adults in this movie are unseen or partially-unseen characters, with their faces always hidden after newspapers or beyond the border of the screen. See more »

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References Volver a empezar (1982) See more »

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Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
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Santa Claus is feeling well and dying to see you.
4 May 2008 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

A bunch of kids find a woman dressed as Santa Claus stuck at the bottom of a well, it turns out that she's a robber and the kids eventually come up with a plant to get the stolen money from her and make themselves rich. However, all does not go well and then things take a distinct zombie-ish turn in the second half.

Decent performances from it's mostly young cast, a fun storyline and almost wall to wall nods to the best of the 80s (if by best you mean Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, The Goonies and V and, frankly, who doesn't?) make this film (well . . . episode, I suppose) an easy watch.

Like a "heist gone wrong" movie in places too, with the kids taking part instead of adults. Most of the acting was excellent, the film within a film ("Zombie Invasion") was well made in that classic schlocky style, and things never slowed down for too long IMO. Overall, a decent and fun little watch.

See this if you like: Silent Night, Deadly Night, The Monster Squad.


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