Friday, December 13, 2019

Review: Deadly Games aka Dial Code Santa Claus

Had some time on my hands last night so I decided to spend it watching a Christmas movie. I wanted something new so I fired up Shudder to see what they had and boy, was that a great idea because I found a gem.

DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS is a crazy little Christmas horror film from France that plays like DIE HARD meets HOME ALONE (but predates the latter) with a little bit of THE STRANGERS mixed in for good measure. It's equally bizarre and charming and I love how the kid is kind of a little shit but you are still rooting for him the entire time against the deranged Santa that is stalking him. Lean and mean, too, with little fat on it and keeps the scares coming at a fast pace. It also might contain the first instance of the dangers of online chat in a horror movie too.

The plot is simple enough. A kid and his grandpa are home on Christmas Eve as the mother has to work late. The kid decides to stay up and see if Santa is real. When a deranged maniac slides down the chimney instead, what should have been a bit of childhood whimsy becomes a fight for survival. There's more to it than just that of course, as there's a good half of the film to help set the stage, but that's the gist. And let me tell you, it is amazing. If you have Shudder, you should definitely check it out.

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