“Red Christmas”: Aussie Christmas Horror Flick Makes Its Way to the US

Red Christmas

It looks like US audiences are finally going to get a look at Australian Christmas-themed horror flick  Red Christmas, which stars genre favorite, Dee Wallace. Artsploitation Films has picked up the rights and is planning to send it to several upcoming US festivals in short order. After a relatively short festival run, a limited theatrical run is slated for August 2017, with DVD/Blu-ray and VOD releases set for October 2017. Here is a look at the trailer:

Here is the official synopsis:

The film stars (and was co-produced by) horror film acting legend, Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling,  E.T., Cujo, Critters, Halloween, The Lords of Salem) as  the mother of a squabbling  family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. When a mysterious, deformed young man named Cletus appears at their door, things soon go from petty insults to bloody, imaginatively orchestrated violence as Wallace attempts to protect her family from the vengeful intruder. The film deliriously infuses comedy, dark family secrets with outlandish gore and adds the always controversial subject  of abortion in its  blood-stained mix.

Red Christmas - Diane
Family patriarch Diane (Dee Wallace) is on alert.

Abortion is one of those topics from which even horror filmmakers tend to shy away, so it will be interesting to see how it is handled and how integrated it is into the story. Ray Murray, president of Artsploitation films says, “We are excited to release this over-the-top, deliriously entertaining genre film. With its odd  anti-abortion angle, it could very well be the first horror film of the Trump era!” Regardless of how one feels about the subject, it is definitely interesting to see it tackled in a Christmas horror/black comedy film.

Red Christmas - Suzy and Ginny
Suzy (Sarah Bishop) and Ginny (Janis McGavin) appear to have issues.

Horror New Radio‘s own Thomas Mariani caught  Red Christmas at the 2016 Fantasia Film Festival and reviewed it for Gruesome Magazine  in July 2016, giving it a 3.5 out of 5. Pop on over to his review and see what he had to say about it. Keep an eye out for it at festivals this summer, in its theatrical run this August, or on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD come October 2017.

Red Christmas - poster
This Christmas, the only thing under the tree is terror.

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.