‘Tis the season to get gory over on Netflix where Craig Anderson’s inspired Aussie horror effort, Red Christmas, has just arrived.
Red Christmas Stars scream queen stalwart and E.T. alumni Dee Wallace, alongside Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, and Janis McGavin. The film sees Wallace play a stressed-out mother and matriarch of a squabbling family who gather together on Christmas Eve. Everything seems to be normal enough until a mysterious, deformed young man appears at their front door with a dark secret and a few other things hidden up his sleeve.
It’s all downhill from there, with the film descending into the kind of bloody and imaginatively orchestrated mayhem gore fans are sure to love. Wallace is back on form too, lending the film a certain gravitas that belies its low budget origins, as she attempts to protect her family and fight back against this mysterious stranger. What separates Red Christmas from most other home-invasion horror efforts is the fact that it manages to maintain a streak of dark humor alongside the horrifically imaginative scares.
Red Christmas is not afraid of tackling certain taboos either, particularly when it comes to the controversial subject of abortion, which plays a prominent role in the film’s narrative. Anderson handles the subject matter and general horror of the movie with aplomb though and clearly understands when to crank up the tension and when to let the gore speak for itself. The movie represents something of a passion project for the actor turned writer and director, who raised much of the capital for the movie using his own savings and a rather hefty loan from his brother.
His efforts were eventually chronicled in the excellent companion documentary Horror Movie: A Low-Budget Nightmare, which showcases the making of Red Christmas and is definitely worth seeking out. For now though, head over to Netflix, where Red Christmas is available to watch. It definitely makes a worthy addition to the expanding canon of festive horror film efforts.