A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide-terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town's most feared and notorious home.
Ashley Mary Nunes,
A homeless war-veteran with a chequered past must rely on a side of himself once thought buried when he and his companions are targeted by three vicious psychopaths wearing Santa suits on Christmas Day.
A couple of college students known only as the Girl and the Guy are traveling home to Delaware the day before Christmas Eve. They're on a frozen road that the Guy is convinced is a scenic short-cut. In the middle of nowhere in below freezing conditions they are run off the road by a hit and runner. They soon realize they're caught in a supernatural bubble where a crime from 1953 is doomed to repeat itself, year after year threatening new victims. The Guy attempts to walk back to the last petrol station but his wounds from the crash are worse than he let on.Written by
After the crash, car interior scenes were shot on a stage, while all exterior scenes were shot on an actual cold snowy road, with trailers on location to keep cast and crew warm in between takes. See more »
After the girl returns from the telephone pole she opens the right door of the car. Before she gets in the car the newspaper still hangs on the inside of the door window, but in next shot from inside it is gone. See more »
[after they get stranded]
I think I remember losing a candy bar down the seat cushions the other day. God, I'm starving.
[gets pulled down]
What? What is it?
[gets up grinning]
It's a candy bar.
You're an asshole.
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Good effort to make a genuinely scary ghost story. The actor James Mason once wrote that films in the snow never work because they make the audience feel cold, but on this occasion the snow helped create a 'chilling' atmosphere. Good performance from Emily Blunt.
Other reviewers have noted that there were some missed opportunities to raise the film above the seemingly modest aspirations of the scriptwriter and director. The haunting did not start until well into the movie, and the ghostly figures and location were underused.
Nevertheless, it gives hope for more psychological horror and fewer gore features in the future.
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