By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The Yuletide slasher is the latest from the director of THE MIND’S EYE, BLISS and VFW.
Shudder and RLJE Films have announced that they will release their joint production of Joe Begos’ CHRISTMAS BLOODY CHRISTMAS for theatrical and Shudder streaming release on December 9. The movie, which world-premieres at Beyond Fest tomorrow and plays the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival October 17, was written and directed by Begos and stars Riley Dandy, Sam Delich, Jonah Ray Rodrigues, Dora Madison, Jeremy Gardner (THE BATTERY, AFTER MIDNIGHT), Jeff Daniel Phillips (THE MUNSTERS) and Abraham Benrubi. The synopsis: “It’s Christmas Eve and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms [Dandy] just wants to get drunk and party, until the robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire and makes her night more than a little complicated. Santa Claus begins a rampant killing spree through the neon-drenched snowscape against a backdrop of drugs, sex, metal and violence, ultimately forcing Tori into a blood-splattered battle for survival against the ruthless heavy metal Saint Nick himself.”
“Since I was a young kid,” Begos says, “I’ve dreamed of making both a crazy holiday horror movie unlike any other and a no-holds-barred killer-robot flick, but never imagined I could make them the same movie. The maniacs at RLJE Films and Shudder have allowed this fantasy to play out and greenlit this neon-soaked robot fever dream, championing the choice to shoot on film and build a real-deal robot in 2022. This truly is the place to be making cool and original filmmaker-driven genre films that, frankly, nobody else has the balls to finance.”
“Christmas is a favorite time of year for horror fans, going all the way back to Bob Clark’s infamous film BLACK CHRISTMAS,” says Shudder’s Craig Engler. “This December, we can’t wait to present Joe Begos’ gory and glorious contribution to the holiday horror canon, CHRISTMAS BLOODY CHRISTMAS, which we know will delight Shudder members and become an annual favorite.”