Blu-ray Review: RED CHRISTMAS

RED CHRISTMAS was written and directed by Craig Anderson and stars Dee Wallace, Sarah Bishop, Geoff Morrell, Janis McGavin, Deelia Meriel, Gerard O’Dwyer, Bjorn Stewart, David Collins and Sam Campbell.

Genre icon Dee Wallace stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance. The story centers around Diane (Dee Wallace), 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 opening scene for Red Christmas sets everything up with the heated subject matter that deals with abortion. The story takes place on Christmas Eve and centers around this awkward family gathering that’s full of this quirky and extremely flawed cast of characters. Diane’s husband had died years earlier so she’s left to play the lone hostess as best as she can for her dysfunctional family. It’s easy to see right from the get-go that she’s the backbone of the family and is the glue that holds things together. What happens is, a mysterious cloaked and bandaged figure shows up and slowly reveals himself to Diane and her family as the baby that she thought she’d aborted many years ago. Her past has finally come back to haunt her and he’s out to get some bloody revenge on Diane and her entire family.

The story for Red Christmas was interesting and it featured some extremely controversial subjects that continuously divide people on a daily basis. It’s pro-life versus pro-choice but it’s handled really well and shows both sides in equal light. It’s all about morals and ethics and I think Craig Anderson was brave to tackle something like this and insert it into a full blown horror movie. It’s dark but there’s also a nice dose of humor added to the mix. The movie takes place on Christmas Eve and the setting/location was just right for an occasion like this. The isolated house was fully decorated so it really looked like this carnage was actually taking place on the holiday. All of the acting was good for the most part and it was really nice to see Dee Wallace show up in another horror movie where she delivered a powerful performance full of emotions and rage. This movie is a throwback to old school slashers and it features a mysterious killer who slowly reveals himself plus there’s all kinds of blood and gore to go with it. There’s a few creative kills that are sure to impress the most critical of horror hounds out there.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Red Christmas ended up being a really fun horror movie that not only pays homage to the classic slashers from the 70’s and 80’s but it also features some seriously controversial subjects that continuously divide the masses. Hot topics that include abortion, religion, moral issues and even those dreadful family secrets that come back to haunt you. Craig Anderson made the move from television to feature film and he’s delivered an impressive debut here with Red Christmas that covers everything from the awkward family gathering on the holiday to hardcore blood and gore. There’s also some impressive cinematography to compliment his directing. The story was fun, the acting was good and the practical effects for this indie horror outing were as good as it gets for a low budget production like this plus it’s always cool to see Dee Wallace show up in another scary movie. Red Christmas fits right in with horror classics like Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night that are all loaded with holiday fear. The Blu-ray drops on October 17th so be sure you give this one a watch.

Distributor: Artsploitation

Run Time: 81 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.25:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Surround Sound 5.1 and Stereo 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, three interviews, bloopers and a deleted scene.

  • Director Commentary
  • Dee Wallace Speaks! (19:43)
  • Interview with  Gerard O’Dwyer (09:57)
  • Blooper Reel (03:26)
  • Deleted Scene (00:45)
  • Craig Anderson Mini-Interview (01;40)

 

 

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