Good news, folks! Alamo Drafthouse and the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) are bringing what is sure to be the next holiday classic to a theater near you.
Those who caught the premiere of this delightfully twisted holiday thriller at Fantastic Fest are still grinning from ear to ear, so trust me when I say: you do not wanna miss this joyously chaotic '80s fueled gem!
From the press release:
DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS is a newly rediscovered holiday cult classic from France, previously available only via VHS bootlegs. The film actually pre-dated HOME ALONE, annihilating a generation of French kids weaned on action-packed Christmastime gems such as GREMLINS and DIE HARD. It disturbed critics and the moviegoing public with its uncompromising look beneath the surface of the beloved holiday. From there, the film went on to worldwide distribution… except for America, where it had yet to see an official release until now.
The film had its North American Premiere this year at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX with director René Manzor in person, where it thrilled audiences and critics alike -- “[Dial Code Santa Claus] plays like a blend of classic Amblin and a grindhouse nightmare. To say ‘this shit is nuts’ would be an understatement.” (Jacob Hall, Slash Film).
With the slick flair of a vintage MTV video, DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS blends holiday cheer with the audacious shock of a home-invasion thriller and 80s action classics like RAMBO. DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS is a big-time “audience movie”, with dark surprises every few minutes along the way. Its crisp visuals and spooky atmosphere are catnip to horror fans, and its inventive fist-pumping set pieces are brand-new favorites for connoisseurs of cat-and-mouse thrillers.
Thomas is a typical 1980s kid: he loves computers, role-playing games, and his dog. While mom is away at the office on Christmas Eve, Thomas and his grandfather are left home alone -- perfect timing for a disgruntled, perverted, bloodthirsty Santa Claus to raid the home down the chimney. But Hell hath no fury like a mulleted ten-year-old with an arsenal of toys! Made a year before HOME ALONE, the French-made DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS has almost the same plot -- only filled with more style, bloodshed, and Rambo references.
Sounds awesome, right? Now, check out the trailer:
I don't think it gets more '80s than a song from Bonnie Tyler on the soundtrack.
Anyway, if you've ever caught yourself wishing Home Alone had gone just a little bit darker, then Dial Code Santa Claus will, without a doubt, become your new Christmastime favorite! Grab your 80s action gear and watch out for these upcoming screenings:
12/17 (Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake – Denver)
12/17 (AFI Silver – Washington D.C.)
12/18 (Sidewalk Film Fest - Birmingham, AL)
12/19 (Egyptian – Los Angeles)
12/19 (Globe Cinema – Calgary)
12/19 (Boston Underground Film Festival – Boston)
12/19 & 12/23 (Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn - New York)
12/20 (Royal Cinema - Toronto)
12/21 (Alamo Drafthouse – Raleigh, NC)
12/22 (Suns Cinema – Washington D.C.)
12/23 (Frida Cinema - Santa Ana, CA)
12/24 (Alamo Drafthouse Ritz - Austin)
1/9 (Winnipeg Film Group - Winnipeg)
1/19 (Jacob Burns Film Center - Pleasantville, NY)
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.