‘Red Christmas’ (Review) – Christmas gone horribly wrong

Directed by: Craig Anderson
Written by: Craig Anderson
Stars: Dee Wallace
Rating: Not Unrated — Runtime: 81 minutes
Our Rating: ★★½

First of all, I’m very much into Christmas movies, and horror Christmas movies are always fun to me. When I watched the trailer for this movie, I chuckled at the gore and found it amusing. Watching this to entirety, the humor is lost rather quickly.

The very first scene starts with an abortion clinic bombing. The guy who bombs the place, grabs what we assume is an aborted baby.

Fast forward 20 years later, we see the main character, a widowed Mom – horror icon Dee Wallace (Hills Have Eyes, Cujo, The Howling) attempting to make Christmas Day the best one for her family. She has four children; a very pregnant daughter with an attitude, a middle daughter who is a conservative Christian, a youngest daughter still in school and a son that has down syndrome. The older two daughters bring along their partners. Alcoholic Uncle Joe rounds out the dysfunctional family.

The Mom tries her best to make it pleasant and they are about to open gifts when a cloaked and bandaged visitor named Cletus rings the doorbell. She quickly lets him in to be hospitable, but her family is very rude and not welcoming at all. The visitor starts talking of his mother attempting to abort him and the Mom instantly flies off the handle and kicks him out. We all know what happens here… cloak dude leaves, gets pissed, comes back and starts killing off everybody.

As far as character development goes, I think they did a pretty good job at giving a small backstory on the characters and gave a good idea of the type of person they are. I immediately disliked the older two daughters, but didn’t care for anyone else really either. I didn’t feel bad anyone when they died. You find out that Cletus also has Down Syndrome and is severely deformed which makes me feel more empathic towards him and his story. There is also some empathy for the Mom, but not much. Dee Wallace makes this movie though.

For a low budget movie, I appreciated the old feel of it. The lighting on most of the film was rather bad, which gave a more nostalgic look. The gore in the killing scenes weren’t overdone but one in particular looked extremely fake. It’s like they ran out of money at the end and was like “Oh well, fuck it”. Like I mentioned earlier, once getting the entire story line, I didn’t find humor in it. The movie touches greatly on abortion, but it also adds the element of choosing to keep a down syndrome child. It also brings up religion and some hypocrisy. I could see it being offensive to some.

All in all, I did enjoy this film but it’s not one I’d go and tell everyone about.

HorrorFatale says – definitely worth a watch for Dee Wallace alone.
Red Christmas will be available nationwide October 17th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.

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