For the so called “happiest time of the year” Christmas sure contains a lot of misery. From racist Uncle Gary drinking one too many Eggnogs, to your sisters brat kids driving their RC cars into your heels, for anyone who doesn’t have the happiest relationship with their family, Saint Nicks Day can make you feel like putting an icepick through your eye. But even the Manson family probably doesn’t have as fucked up a holiday as the poor saps in Red Christmas.
Starring Dee Wallace, perhaps best known as Elliot’s mother in E.T. (but at her best as the tough as nails canine killer Donna Trenton in Cujo) Red Christmas follows “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.”
The trailer is wondrously sacrilegious, with at least one jaw dropping scene where an unfortunate cop meets what looks like a bear trap noose. Already a hit at a string of festivals, Red Christmas will be releasing its presents early this year with a public premier on August 25 in LA. For those of us not located in the City of Angels, a V.O.D. release is planned for later this year.