I grew up with Dee Wallace on both the tv and silver screen. She was big time, but when I saw her in this movie’s preview, I got worried. I thought: Oh boy, here’s another bad one. But I was wrong. Red Christmas was a pretty cool movie.
Though it opens with a distasteful intro, the movie morphs into a happy family’s Christmas day, complete with a huge holiday tree and lots of baking. All of that rapidly changes when a stranger arrives at their door covered in a ragged cloak and bandages, claiming the need to read a message to Mother. Naturally he’s distasteful, but it’s not till his words strike a chord with the mother of the house, played by Dee Wallace, that things ignite. It doesn’t stop until the very end.
As the credits rolled, I sat in surprise; I loved this movie! It was good and I’m not a fan of slasher films! The acting was a bit cheesy, but they weren’t amateurs. The cinematography was also a bit shaky; I think that was intentional, but the story was excellent. I liked what happened and why it all happened. All that positivity left me with just one issue.
Red Christmas introduced our protagonist, Cletus, as a slow shuffling, afflicted individual. So how in the world did he suddenly turn into a freaking NINJA? I can’t go into details without offering up SPOILERS, but I can tell you it was hilarious how some of the murders took place. I kept shouting at the screen: How’d he do that? Really, it didn’t matter; the movie was good and I even enjoyed the ending. Sad but good.
Red Christmas released in August of this year and available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD as of October 17th from Artsploitation. Check it out; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Directed & Written Craig Anderson
Produced by Craig Anderson, Belinda King, Bryan Moses & Dee Wallace
Starring Dee Wallace, Geoff Morrel, Sarah Bishop, James McGavin, David Collins, Bjorn Stewart & Sam Campbell as Cletus
Released 25 August 2017
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