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36.15 code Père Noël (1989)

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Thomas, a very intelligent and resourceful child, is left alone with his beloved and fragile granddad on Christmas Eve, when a psychopath dressed as Santa Claus breaks into their mansion ... See full summary »


René Manzor


René Manzor (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Fossey ... Julie
Louis Ducreux ... Papy
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Le Père Noël / Santa Claus
Alain Lalanne Alain Lalanne ... Thomas (as Alain Musy)
François-Eric Gendron François-Eric Gendron ... Roland (as François Eric Gendron)
Stéphane Legros Stéphane Legros ... Pilou
Franck Capillery Franck Capillery ... Le policier
Nicole Raucher Nicole Raucher ... La cuisinière
Gédéon Gédéon ... Le jardinier
Charles de Feral Charles de Feral ... Cadre du Printemps
Marion Bureau Marion Bureau ... La petite fille
Mousse Mousse ... Le clown
Edmond Thanel Edmond Thanel ... Chauffeur-livreur
René Manzor ... Responsable stock
Canaillou Canaillou ... Le chien J.R.


Thomas, a very intelligent and resourceful child, is left alone with his beloved and fragile granddad on Christmas Eve, when a psychopath dressed as Santa Claus breaks into their mansion and starts chasing them. Thomas will do whatever he can to save himself and his granddad. Written by DupontavecunT

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17 January 1990 (France) See more »

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Game Over See more »

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Referenced in Home Alone (1990) See more »


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Home Alone, the messed-up French edition!
28 December 2018 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Another Christmas, another Christmas-themed horror movie! For as long as I can remember, I have this silly but firm tradition to watch at least one holiday horror movie on Christmas day. This naturally also means that all the obvious classics, like "Black Christmas" or the entire "Silent Night Deadly Night" series, have passed the revue already and each year it's more and more challenging to find a new title. That's why, this year, I was rejoiced to have stumbled upon "36.15 Code Père Noël". It's been on my must-see list for ages and it also turned out to be the most pleasant Christmas-horror surprise in many years!

"36.15 Code Père Noël", which sounds so much cooler than the international title "Game Over", is one seriously bonkers and messed up action/thriller, but simultaneously also a 100% original, imaginative and non-stop exhilarating joyride! It's like a demented mixture of "Die Hard", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Rambo", "Silent Night, Deadly Night" and - of course - "Home Alone". Moreover, since this film was released in 1989, you can't but wonder if "Home Alone" (released in 1990) is really as original as you always assumed it was! The story introduces 9-year-old Thomas, the only son of rich and sturdy businesswoman Julie, and an exceptionally intelligent & independent kid. Only in the 80s, a weird kid with a mullet and Rambo-outfit could become a genuine hero! Thomas has secret hideouts all around the family mansion, prepares booby-traps for his dog and has installed cameras and spyware everywhere. On Christmas Eve, Thomas is home alone with his ailing grandfather, and all set for the arrival of Santa Clause. Santa is coming, though in the shape of a confused drifter, enraged because Thomas' mother fired him for being an incompetent Santa at the mall. René Manzor's screenplay terrific, and although absurd and often over-the-top, the characters are still believable. For example, despite being an extraordinary gifted child, Thomas also still remains a normal 9-year-old who stubbornly wants to believe that Santa Clause exists and calls out to his mother when he's petrified. Patrick Floersheim gives a great performance as the bad Santa, who basically isn't evil but nevertheless dangerously disturbed. The mansion where all the action takes place is an awesome setting, the music is creepy and there are a handful of moments of authentic suspense and fright. Give this French holiday-horror gem a fair chance, and I guarantee you'll never look at "Home Alone" again without reflecting on this one!

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