We all think of Santa as "Jolly old St.Nick". But who knew that he has a dark hidden past that's very un-jolly? This short film uncovers and explores Santa's flirtation with politics and greed.

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We all think of Santa as "Jolly old St.Nick". But who knew that he has a dark hidden past that's very un-jolly? This short film uncovers and explores Santa's flirtation with politics and greed.

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Fun for Adults
15 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Santa, the Fascist Years (2008)

*** (out of 4)

Funny spoof is so anti-Christmas that you'd probably want to watch this short before SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. In the film we learn about a secret time when Santa got greedy and tried to take over the world, which included a stint with Hitler. After this he decided to start a war with all the other holidays. Narrated by Matthew Modine, this short is told in a newsreel like fashion where it seems like the footage was taken from a secret FBI film. I really found the short to be incredibly funny and especially the final war when Santa goes up against the other holidays including battling the Easter bunny, Halloween ghosts and the Thanksgiving turkey. Another high point is what happens to poor Rudolph. This certainly isn't the type of film you want to show children but what's here is great for adults and has some terrific laughs.


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