One of the more entertaining and fun packed Xmas horror films, "Santa's Slay" stars former WWF wrestler Bill Goldberg as a Demonic Santa Claus, who we find was originally a sadistic and vengeful demon, who was forced into being kind and generous after losing a bet with an Angel many centuries ago.
However, with the bet now at an end, Santa has reverted to his old ways and started killing people at the appropriately named US township of “Hell”. Where young Nicolas Yuleson and his Grandfather are the only ones who know what he really is and stand any chance of stopping him.
Packed full of tongue-in-cheek humour and using every Christmas gag under the sun, the film is a laugh riot from start to finish as Santa massacres his way through a dinner party, a police station and a strip club, before going on to give the children in town some rather unexpected surprise gifts they won’t forget in a hurry.
Written and Directed by David Steiman, who sadly doesn’t seem to have done anything else memorable since, the film features a surprisingly good cast, including Emilie de Ravin (“Hills Have Eyes” remake, TVs “Lost” and “Roswell”) and B movie actor Robert Culp (“Xtro 3”) along with a number of interesting guest roles from the likes of James Caan, Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny”) and Rebecca Gayheart (“Urban Legends”).
I’m actually very surprised that this wasn’t a bigger hit and isn’t more widely praised, as the blend of horror and humour was absolutely spot on and they had some really great gags and excellent kill scenes in this. If you can pick up a copy, I can’t recommend this highly enough. The perfect Xmas horror film!!!