Based on the myth of Frau Perchta, a witch that comes on the 12 days of Christmas taking children each night.

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James Klass

Writers:

Scott Jeffrey, James Klass (associate writer)
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Claire-Maria Fox Claire-Maria Fox ... Vanessa
Tony Manders ... Alfie
Faye Goodwin Faye Goodwin ... Amy
Tara MacGowran ... Frau Perchta / Molly
Michelle Archer Michelle Archer ... Leslie
Oliver Ebsworth ... Callum
Tom Bowen Tom Bowen ... Wildon
Dottie James Dottie James ... Debbie
Sian Crisp ... Martha
Amy Burrows Amy Burrows ... Miss Kitchen
Tim Freeman Tim Freeman ... Joe
Penelope Read Penelope Read ... Heidi
Oliver John Lee Oliver John Lee ... Kevin
Becca Hirani ... Jessica (as Becky Fletcher)
Blythe Rosewarne ... Tilly
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Based on the German Urban Legend of Frau Perchta, the Christmas Witch, who takes a child each night over the 12 days of Christmas. For the 12 days before the Christmas of 1921, children went missing near the local towns woods. A traumatized girl was found, but her mind had gone - she later died of her horrific injuries. Just before the Christmas of 1992, a further five children disappeared again. Their bodies were found in the same woods. Angry and seeking vengeance, the locals hung a woman they believed to be the killer. But before dying, she cursed the town that one day the Christmas Witch, Frau Perchta, would come for them to avenge her death. 25 years later, the story has become little more than a local myth. But as children start to go missing again, everyone begins to wonder if the tales of a curse might be true. This Christmas it's not only the children that are in danger, it's the adults too. Written by Proportion Productions

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Perchta or Berchta (English: Bertha), also commonly known as Percht and other variations, was once known as a goddess in Alpine paganism in the Upper German and Austrian regions of the Alps. Her name may mean "the bright one" (Old High German beraht, bereht, from Proto-Germanic *brehtaz) and is probably related to the name Berchtentag, meaning the feast of the Epiphany. Eugen Mogk provides an alternative etymology, attributing the origin of the name Perchta to the Old High German verb pergan, meaning "hidden" or "covered". Perchta is often identified as stemming from the same Germanic goddess as Holda and other female figures of German folklore (see Frija-Frigg). According to Jacob Grimm and Lotte Motz, Perchta is Holda's southern cousin or equivalent, as they both share the role of "guardian of the beasts" and appear during the Twelve Days of Christmas, when they oversee spinning. Grimm says Perchta or Berchta was known "precisely in those Upper German regions where Holda leaves off, in Swabia, in Alsace, in Switzerland, in Bavaria and Austria." See more »

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The film states that the disappearances begin before Christmas, but equates this to the twelve days of Christmas. The twelve days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas day and end twelve days later, on January 5th. See more »

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Watchable if flawed effort
10 December 2019 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Heading off to her father's cabin, a woman and her daughter intending to get through the Christmas holiday together find themselves the subject of a town-wide curse as the spirit of a witch that was killed years earlier comes back for revenge, targeting the daughter and forcing them to try to stop it.

This one wasn't nearly as bad as it could've been. A lot of the film's positives center on the fear of children being targeted by the vicious creature. The real-life inspiration here for the figure coming back to haunt the citizens of the community based on the curse of the woman that the town burned alive has a great setup here with the witch coming back to target the kids. Based on the historical setup given through the church-meetings that go into the connections between everyone in the village to the hanging of the woman years ago, the overall setup from the film is quite enjoyable that turns over to the kids being the target of the creatures' rampage as it centers on the parents forcing themselves into action to save them. There's also the really enjoyable work here with the witch's confrontations and encounters with the kids. The opening abduction of the kid from the church is a chilling opening encounter, while the sightings of the witch lurking around the family tempting the daughter all come together to give this a creepy atmosphere. Other scenes, including the stalking of the babysitter and the young daughter in their darkened home or the witch's ambush in the woods, get far more brutal than chilling and it makes for a nice setup leading into the finale where the creature attacks the house. The action here is rather fun and frantic, leading to several nice confrontations with the creatures' powers providing some bloody scenes, giving this one a lot to really like. There are some problems to be had with this one. One of the biggest issues is the film's rather puzzling setup that includes some unnecessary elements here that drag the pacing out longer than it should be. The human-interest storyline involving everyone dealing with cheating spouses and long-buried secret identities doesn't provide the film with much, carrying on merely in the interest of bringing the husband and his girlfriend into the picture for more bodies to carve up sine their inclusion isn't warranted at all. These scenes are boring and not in the slightest interesting, much like the seemingly endless house ambush that goes on forever and seems to exist solely to show the witch engaging in brutal exaggerated torments on the group rather than going for its target that it could've easily done so at various chances throughout the sequence. The other real issue with this one concerns the film's cheap look and overall tone. The one-location setting and lack of any real grandiose sequences won't be any real reason to knock this but they do help the film come off with no budget. As well, there's the penchant for on-location lighting that renders a lot of the night scenes hard to make out due to the darkness present and relying on the localized candles and Christmas lights to constitute the only enhancements present in the scene. The witch make-up is simply atrocious, looking like running eyeliner after a heavy night of drinking that makes her look hung-over rather than a vengeful witch. These here are what hold this one down overall.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Language and children-in-jeopardy.


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