I have said it before. I find the idea of Santa Claus unnerving. This man, this being, who sneaks into your house, eats your biscuits and has his own little moral list of rights and wrongs which he uses as a licence to act as both judge and jury, deciding whether or not you are worthy of Christmas presents?
I think not, jolly fat man.
I think films that embrace the darker side of St. Nick are a joy and none have been quite as gleefully trashy as Charles E. Sellier Jr.’s 1984 seasonal splatterfest, Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Well, the remake is currently shooting under the watchful eye of The Aggression Scale director Steven C. Miller. It’s had a name change, dropping the “Deadly Night”…and it’s due around the festive season.
Our pals at Dread Central have managed to get their grubby paws on a killer bit of artwork for the film, depicting a hellishly fun vision of Santa, complete with a flamethrower.
The synopsis is as follows,
It’s a snowy Christmas Eve in Cryer, Wisconsin. The normally quiet town is bustling with activity as the residents are getting ready for the big day. The events take place around the town’s annual Santa Parade, which has brought a record number of Santas to town. Deputy Sheriff Aubrey Bradimore (King) is stuck reluctantly working the night shift, dealing with all of the drunken Santas, road closures, and stressed out locals — but things are about to take a deadly turn. A vicious serial killer, dressed as Santa Claus, has made his own “naughty list”, and anyone on it is in big trouble. As the body count rises, Aubrey races to discover the killer’s true identity – but in a town full of Santas, shady characters, and dark secrets, finding the real murderer will take more then a Christmas miracle.
Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine, Mother’s Day), Malcolm McDowell (Halloween), Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D), Jamie Kennedy (Scream), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Cortney Palm (Sushi Girl), Rick Skene (The Divide), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) all star.
More as it comes.
SOURCE – Dread Central