Review: ‘Mercy Christmas’ Offers a Bloody Genre Holiday Treat

Michael Briskett (Steven Hubbell) awakens in a dark room with plastic sheets covered in blood hung behind him. It’s imagery you’ve seen countless times in horror films—butcher accoutrement readied for torture porn carnage. But writer/director Ryan Nelson (alongside Beth Levy Nelson as co-writer) is only giving us a tease of what’s to come before rewinding two days to show the unfortunate circumstances that led poor Michael to an unknown basement decorated for Christmas. First we have to meet his douchebag boss Andy Robillard (Cole Gleason) as he assigns an impossible task during the holiday season. Then it’s the office’s latest hire Cindy (Casey O’Keefe), too perky and idealistic for the soul-crushing grind cubicle life provides. The former risks ruining Michael’s yuletide buzz, the latter saving it.

Mercy Christmas initially appears as though it will be full of saccharine hokum with nice
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Exclusive: Watch the trailer for festive horror-comedy Mercy Christmas

The horror comedy Mercy Christmas has issued an extended trailer in advance of its November 28 release by Gravitas Ventures, and we have it for you below, along with the poster artwork.

Mercy Christmas follows Michael Briskett as he meets the perfect woman, his ideal Christmas dream comes true when she invites him to her family’s holiday celebration. Dreams shattered, Michael struggles to survive once he realizes He will be Christmas dinner.

The film stars Casey O’Keefe (2 Broke Girls), Cole Gleason (Book Club), David Ruprecht (True Blood), D.J. Hale (Being Black Enough), Whitney Nielsen (My Crazy Ex), Gwen Van Dam (New Girl), and newcomer Steven Hubbell. The film was directed by Ryan Nelson from a script he co-wrote with Beth Levy Nelson.

Mercy Christmas was produced by the Nelsons through their No Mercy Pictures in association with Other Paw Films and Tarquin Alexander.
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Exclusive Poster for Mercy Christmas Reveals a Gory Gift Under the Tree

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Visiting your better half's family during the holidays for the first time can be stressful in itself, but it becomes a literal fight for survival for poor Michael when he discovers that he's on the menu for Christmas dinner in the new holiday horror film Mercy Christmas. Directed by Ryan Nelson, Mercy Christmas will be opening this year's Shriekfest film festival in Los Angeles, and we've been provided with an exclusive poster to share with Daily Dead readers.

Check out the exclusive poster below, which reveals a gory gift under the tree (maybe skip unwrapping that one, kids), and we also have a look at a teaser video for the film as well.

Mercy Christmas will screen as the opening film for Shriekfest on Friday, October 6th, and you can keep an eye out for the film's VOD release beginning November 28th from Gravitas.

"'Mercy Christmas,] was directed by
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Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases

Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases
In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label.


Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as the Egyptian-born Italian singer who became one of France’s biggest pop stars from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recording in more than five languages, Dalida sold a record-breaking 170 million albums during her lifetime. Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, and Nicolas Duvauchelle also star.

Django,” meanwhile, launches early next year. Directed by Etienne Comar, the film stars Reda Kateb as gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, with Cecile de France playing his muse. The movie, which opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is set in 1943 Paris amid the occupation by Nazis, who oppose his “hot jazz” as being degenerate
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If Only You Had a Time Machine to Utilize This Supermarket Sweeps Insider Info

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If Only You Had a Time Machine to Utilize This Supermarket Sweeps Insider Info
If only you had known then what you know now, your Supermarket Sweep sweatshirt wouldn't be drenched in rancid ham water. Speaking of meat liquids, Great Big Story got some juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits from host David Ruprecht, including his ingenious strategy for winning: Fill your cart with small, expensive beauty products, not dozens of apparently fermented hams and turkeys. Time to go back and watch Supermarket Sweep again, this time knowing the entire studio must have smelled like three-month-old wieners.
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The host of 'Supermarket Sweep' says avoid meats and cheeses, pick hair products

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The host of 'Supermarket Sweep' says avoid meats and cheeses, pick hair products
"Supermarket Sweep" is one of the most memorable game shows of the '90s. Who doesn't want to race through the aisles of Whole Foods and shove bricks of cheese into their cart? But in a new featurette starring host (and "Three's Company" alum) David Ruprecht, we learn a secret that could've helped a lot of contestants: Avoid those hams and stick to hair products for maximum cart efficiency. How disappointing is it that the meats and cheeses were fake? Wouldn't you love to come home from a game show with five country hams, five uncooked geese, and five hunks of beef? I guess $5,000 isn't bad either. 
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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.

The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.

25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”

24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.

23. Sale of the Century: Jim Perry
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What I Learned At The Versace For H&M Sale

It’s taken me a few days to recover for me to even begin telling this story. So give me a moment to pause, dab my cheeks with my new turquoise leopard print scarf, adjust my 4-sizes too small mini skirt over my laby parts (#intentionaltypo), take some deep breaths… and most importantly… remember…. (I’m on a boat with Bill Paxton as we speak.) For weeks, I had been hearing a lot of hype surrounding the Versace for H&M line set to hit stores in late November. As someone who doesn’t “buy” into the “hype” (a lie), I didn’t get too worked up over it. After all, even though I’ll gladly go to the outlets at midnight on Black Friday to get Glamour Shots taken, I’m not the type of person to camp out overnight for a pair of pants, especially pants that resemble a Timothy Leary fever dream.
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