Mrs. Claus (2018) (DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Troy Escamilla
STARRING: Helene Udy, Brinke Stevens, Kaylee Williams
RATED: UR/REGION: 1/WIDESCREEN/NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
AVAILABLE FROM Wild Eye Releasing
A group of college students attending a Christmas party at a sorority house that has a sinister past are stalked by a bloodthirsty killer who appears to be the beloved wife of Santa Claus.
I’m all for a new slasher! I love slasher movies to the point that I can find things I like about even the bad ones, which is good since most slasher are what most reviewers would call “bad”. Mrs. Claus, which you find on DVD from Wild Eye Releasing isn’t too shabby. We get lots of cool deaths that come with lots of blood. Heck, some shots linger on those kills for a very long time just to make sure that you see the blood! The biggest issue this one has is that it is way too predictable. It isn’t hard at all to point out who the killer is and even some of the other twists and turns it takes are a bit predictable even if they are also a bit silly. The overkill doesn’t really come until the end of the movie, but it is what it is. Sure, we’re swerving the viewer for the sake of it, but we still have kills and blood, so as a result, I’d say all fans of slashers should see this one.
That being said, director Troy Escamilla could probably learn when to quit while he’s ahead on points in the future. He has a cool slasher idea here, he’s keeping it simple and having lots of blood. The characters even find time to say a few clever and interesting things from time to time. The last twist and then last few moments of the film almost ruin the good faith the film had built up before that. Slashers are a simple format and when they work they work well. New things are always welcomed but we shouldn’t just be tossing things at the viewer for the sake of it. Still, I did like Mrs. Claus enough to recommend it and think it’s a welcome different Christmas horror film to toss into the holiday rotation…If you like slashers that is.
– Audio Commentary with the Director