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Red Christmas

International Premiere
Hosted by Writer/Director Craig Anderson and Star Dee Wallace

Official Selection: Sydney International Film Festival 2016

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Senior matriarch Diane (Dee Wallace) is having her children and their significant others over for one final Christmas gathering in their family home before she sells it. Things are going pleasantly enough, but that all changes when a bizarre, cloaked stranger shows up at their door covered head-to-toe with bandages. His name is Cletus and he shows Diane a letter with the word “mother” scrawled on the envelope. As fate would have it, Diane had a difficult abortion 20 years ago, and during her procedure, the clinic was bombed by a religious zealot. Said zealot escaped with her half-dead fetus, adopted it, nursed it back to a semi state of health and brought it up with religious fundamentalist beliefs! Today, the bomber is dead and Cletus, now a disfigured hulk with a congenital disorder, has found his mother and siblings. Merry Christmas!

Christmas day becomes a hellish homecoming in this unusual Australian horror/comedy gorefest that marks the big-screen return of genre icon Dee Wallace (THE HOWLING, E.T., HILLS HAVE EYES) among its sinister stocking of treats. An exploitation film with heart and considerable guts — of both the courage and corporeal variety — RED CHRISTMAS takes things to volume eleven on the horror charts while giddily yet sincerely addressing themes of eugenics, feminism, privacy, religion and law, all in the midst of an over-the-top rollercoaster of a slasher-film siege. As we said, this is an unusual one! Wallace is just amazing, giving her all with an intensely driven performance, and Gerard O’Dwyer, actor and ambassador for Don’t DISMyABILITY, shines brilliantly amidst the film’s numerous eccentric casting choices.

— Mitch Davis