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Red Christmas (2016)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 25 August 2017 (USA)
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A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.

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Craig Anderson

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Credited cast:
Dee Wallace ... Diane
Geoff Morrell ... Joe
Janis McGavin Janis McGavin ... Ginny
Gerard Odwyer Gerard Odwyer ... Jerry
David Collins ... Peter
Sam Campbell Sam Campbell ... Cletus
Deelia Meriel ... Hope
Sarah Bishop Sarah Bishop ... Suzy
Bjorn Stewart Bjorn Stewart ... Scott
Alistair Bates ... Bomber
Atlas Adams Atlas Adams ... Protestor
Robert Anderson Robert Anderson ... Sheriff
Anthony Jensen Anthony Jensen ... Farmer
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It's Christmas in Australia as Diane, played by the Dee Wallace, brings together her estranged family for a chaotic holiday gathering. A 20 year old decision literally comes back to haunt her when the ghost of Christmas past comes knocking at her door and is invited inside the family estate. Festivities quickly turn blood red, when the stranger is revealed to be Cletus, Diane's aborted fetus, all grown up, very much alive and ready to terrorize his long lost mother. Diane must face her past and explain the hideous truth that is trying to kill them all, especially to Jerry, her Down Syndrome son, before it's too late. Written by Michael Joy

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This Christmas, the only thing under the tree is terror.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Красное рождество See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,255, 19 October 2017
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2.35 : 1
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The roller-coaster journey making of Red Christmas was documented in the feature length documentary Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare. See more »

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Not all that bad but does have some big flaws
31 October 2017 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Arriving for a family holiday, a group of people in a remote mansion for a get-together find themselves stalked by a homicidal madman intent on punishing them for their beliefs against abortion and must fight to save their Christmas from the deluded psychopath.

This was a solid if slightly flawed effort. One of the better aspects here is the film's rather strong and enjoyable concept of the holidays where this one finds plenty to like here. Taking place in Australia instead of out in the countryside has plenty of somewhat familiar celebrations to focus on, from the way the food preparations are given to the way the house holds up under the decorations and lights which manages to really let the holiday flavor really sink in here. That also helps with the later slashing antics here, with the film featuring some solid scenes here with the opening ambush on the hospital carrying out the service which allows for a more action-oriented start, the initial appearance on the house which manages to feature some rather decent stalking with the killer moving through the various areas of the house which makes for some tense confrontations out in the backyard or through the kitchen. Once it gets to the killer chopping through the family members this one gets incredibly fast and frantic with plenty of nice scenes featuring the family continually trying to avoid his advances as the brawling throughout the house and outside generates the kind of solid action that makes for a solid and enjoyable time here as well as letting the excessively brutal and graphic kills generate some solid enjoyment here. These here manage to hold this one up over it's few but somewhat significant flaws on display. The main disadvantage is the fact that the film has way too many connections to the abortion theme which is incredibly hackneyed and doesn't really generate the impact it could've. The fact that this one ties that into the reasoning and motivation make no sense as the people said to have that condition are far and away completely different from that mindset and wouldn't have any kind of impetus to go on this rampage as that gives this the kind of cheesy feel that goes against the important message it's trying to make with that storyline. Not only that, but the killer himself is a joke with his hobbled and bent-over appearance not in the slightest invoking any kind of fear due to the fragile nature of his physical form, and that large number gathered together with weapons would have no problem ganging up to overpower and subdue him, especially in his physical state which doesn't in the slightest look capable of inflicting that type of intense trauma on people. The last issue is the rather awkward finale that goes on way too long and seems like it lasts too long to get it up to a respectable length, rather than flowing naturally. These here are all that really hold it back.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, a mild sex scene and themes of abortion.


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