Cinet, Pomor Film, Love Streams Productions,

Per Christian Ellefsen, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Onni Tommila

A group of archeologists are digging in a mountain in Finland to see what’s under the ice and snow. The mountain is surrounded by reindeer herders who try to survive in the harsh climate. The mountain contains an evil Santa Claus who kills children who are naughty on Christmas Eve. He’s escaped with his evil elves, and led by a young boy, the ranchers have to destroy the evil Santa before Christmas comes.

This is a really interesting Finnish film with English subtitles. It’s a very dark fairy tale, and not you cheery Christmas story by any means. But it is very unique, and a pretty decent bit of film making. This will remind you a lot of the earlier kids Saturday afternoon matinee films such as “Santa Claus vs. the Martians” but it’s much, much darker and definitely not a kids film. Even though the star is a very cute little boy, there are scenes of gore and destruction, and a long shot of a lot of old man elves stark naked that I wouldn’t want my kid to watch, just to avoid all the questions. But all in all, it was very unique, a little bit suspenseful, pretty decent action, and a fun story. So I rate this down the middle. If subtitles turn you off, or if an evil Santa is not your thing, stay away, but if you want a unique foreign film, in Finnish with subtitles, this one is quite different. I’m torn, but I think I did enjoy it more than I expected.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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