Santa's Slay title

Tag line : Violent Night, Gory Night.

Santa's SlayOne of the more entertaining and fun packed Xmas horror films to come out in recent years, "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 success 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.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "He's making a list... pray you're not on it", "Spreading holiday fear this Christmas"

  • The sleigh design was based on a Viking longboat.

  • Former WWF wrestler Bill Goldberg agreed to appear in the film after director David Steiman told him the plot and he liked the idea of playing an evil Santa.

  • The "Hell Deer" pulling Santa's sleigh were in fact Buffalo covered in talcum powder.

  • Character actor Tommy 'Tiny' Lister has a brief role in the film as the Gas Station attendant.

  • For the scenes showing Santa's sleigh flying through the air, they had to hoist the buffalo pulling his sleigh 20ft up in the air so they could film it in front of a blue screen.

  • The 'well known' actors who get killed during the opening dinner party massacre agreed to get involved as they were all friends of Producer Brett Ratner.

  • Bill Goldberg did the majority of his own stunts, during the scene at the start where he rolls across the dinner table, it actually collapsed beneath his weight.

  • The buffalo apparently got spooked by Bill Goldberg's voice and would suddenly bolt whenever he raised his voice.

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