“Christmas Bloody Christmas” enters the anti-Yuletide pantheon by way of a robotic Santa out for blood.

And that’s roughly the place the movie’s ambitions dry up.

The uber-low funds affair takes ceaselessly to warmth up, discovering little of observe in its cyber-Santa origin story. Its key promoting level? Some snarky banter between the 2 leads earlier than Ol’ St. Nick picks up an axe.

All file store proprietor Tori Tooms (Riley Dandy) desires for Christmas is meaningless intercourse. Instead, she settles for a drink along with her worker, Robbie (Sam Delich), who clearly has a crush on her.

Tori would quite keep away from a romantic entanglement along with her workers, however she’s sport to battle, flirt and deal with ingesting as a lot as doable.

Unbeknownst to them, a clunky prologue warns of a malfunctioning line of robotic Santa Clauses. And a type of dysfunctional Santas, solid from military-grade materials, occurs to be loitering at a store close to Tori’s retailer.

Guess what occurs subsequent?

Not a lot, a minimum of for a great, lengthy whereas. Writer/director Joe Begos (the superior “VFW”) focuses on the Tori/Robbie coupling, letting us hear each clever and not-so-wise crack Tori shares. The screenplay is sharper than your common slasher movie, and Dandy delivers her quips with aplomb.

It’s not sufficient to hold a style movie.

Santa’s rampage begins with a whimper. Two kills come and go with out gore, blood or perhaps a whiff of pressure. The Santa Cam-style vantage level proves nuga tory, too.

Is that each one there’s?

Finally, Begos finds the movie’s Grindhouse gear mid-film and “Christmas Bloody Christmas” will get a pulse.

The movie’s threadbare funds is inconceivable to cover, from the rudimentary results to the fake snow falling proper in entrance of the characters as they stroll down the road. Begos shoots the movie with that spareness in thoughts, his lurid neon hues and fuzzy movie inventory giving “Bloody” an ‘80s vibe.

It can’t compete with “Stranger Things,” not to mention the brand new grandaddy of faux ‘80s horror, the “Terrifier” franchise.


“Christmas Bloody Christmas” leans arduous into the Final Girl trope, and Tori proves a fantastic addition to that horror heritage. She’s powerful and resourceful with out the right gloss afforded Mary Sue heroines.

She does fall right into a maddening tic late within the movie, grunting nonstop in the course of the last sequences. Who thought that may be interesting?

The rampaging Claus (Abraham Benrubi) has little persona, robbing the slasher theatrics of their chew. Ghouls like Freddy Krueger and Art the Clown deliver humor and panache to their maulings.

A robotic Santa, by default, has the persona of a moist sponge.

The last act owes greater than a debt to “The Terminator” franchise, however even Ah-nold’s metallic warrior had extra persona than this killer Claus.

HiT or Miss: “Christmas Bloody Christmas” joins the ranks of poisonous Yuletide movies, however it’s a far cry from “Bad Santa” … and even “Fatman.”

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