Red Christmas (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Craig Anderson
Starring: Dee Wallace, Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Artsploitation Films
Dee Wallace headlines as Diane, a matriarch presiding over the gathering of her squabbling grown children on Christmas Day. Tensions give way to terror when a deformed stranger appears at the door with vengeance on his mind. Diane must protect her family as limbs are severed and secrets are brought into the light.
In Red Christmas, we join a sorta normal family as they gather around for Christmas with one another. All seems well until a cloaked figure shows up at the door with a letter marked “Mother”. He begins to read the letter and the contents rattle the mother of the family who flies off the handle and throws him out. This, of course, sets off a bloody body count plot that I kinda liked but also found a little frustrating. I like the set-up and I liked some of the kills, but I really didn’t care for the characters and it becomes hard to get behind them because they do such dumb and stupid stuff in the film trying to get away from this killer. The kills keep things together for as long as things are kept together, but the plot and our group of characters are a bit iffy, to say the least.
The big “family secret” that the mother is hiding isn’t that big of a reveal and we kind of figure it out. Then again, I’m not sure the movie ever really tries to hide it. We have another reveal a bit before the end of the film with the dude in the cloak and what is under the cloak which is campy and cheesy but also might have been the best moment of the film. A lot of the movie feels like it was straight out to the 80’s while another half kind of has that too cheesy for its own good 90’s feel. I didn’t hate Red Christmas and there were moments I liked, but all in all, I don’t think anyone will be getting much more out of it than just a good once over.
– Feature-length commentary with writer-director Craig Anderson
– Interviews with Dee Wallace, Gerald Odwyer and Craig Anderson
– Deleted Scenes
Quality of Transfer: 95%