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Christmas Bloody Christmas                 review by Bobby Blakey

It’s that time of year where Christmas is everywhere including in all genres of film and TV. For me though, nothing beats a good holiday slasher and now we have a brand new one from VFW director Joe Begos called Christmas Bloody Christmas starring Riley Dandy, Sam Delich, Jonah Ray, Dora Madison, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Abraham Benrubi. Does this killer Santa have the right violent streak to stand out or will it short circuit before it can make its first kill?

Christmas Bloody Christmas follows Christmas Eve and Tori just wants to get drunk and party, but when a robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire and begins a rampant killing spree through her small town, she's forced into a battle for survival.

I love a good Christmas slasher and this latest one doesn’t disappoint. Sure it’s cheesy and silly, but that is part of the charm. For a lot of the movie set up we are just hanging out with the two lead characters as they banter and flirt making their way through the evening without knowing that terror is right behind them. It takes a little bit of time before any of the slashing fun starts, but once it does it is a fun ride.

A lot of the kills are cut a ways as it is building things up and I am sure for budget reasons, but have no fear it still brings the blood spewing fun and some great kills. The idea of the robot Santa is fun and it’s hilarious that they just have a guy in a Santa suit walking around. There is nothing robotic about it outside of the attempt at a more robotic walk in the early moments. It shouldn’t work, but it does and you buy into the ridiculousness of it all easily. Thankfully it does showcase some of the more robotic side later on and makes it all the more crazy and fun.

While it does take a little too long to get things going at times for me it still manages to offer up a fun entry into the holiday slasher genre. Big props for trying to take the familiar and do something different with it too much success. It won’t work for everyone, but I for one found it to be a bloody good time.

Check out Christmas Bloody Christmas streaming now on Shudder.

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