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Christmas Cruelty!

Norway 2013
produced by
Magne Steinsvoll, Raymond Volle, Kim Haldorsen for Stonewall Production
directed by Per-Ingvar Tomren, Magne Steinsvoll
starring Eline Aasheim, Tormod Lien, Magne Steinsvoll, Per-Ingvar Tomren, Raymond Talberg, Nina-Shanett Arntsen, Tone Søyset Døving, Jørgen Torp, Eiric Lien, Ranja Hjelvik, Vilde Reiten Gommesen, Thomas Utgård, Solveig Sahr Bergheim, Frans Hulsker, Olav Kåre Torjuul, Mats Nerli, Irene Anita Holsether, Torgeir Marvin Utgård, Martinus Ersvik, Kamilla Løvik, Ole Kristian Ø. Løvik, Mira Bergum, Simen Moi, Asbjørn Vik, Karoline Emilie Folland Sæter, Sondre Rekdal, Hilde Ødegård, Gøran Furseth, Hilde Brastad, Christoffer Misfjord, Stian Hovde, Svein Erik Ødegård, Lars Harald Frostad, Sven Are Ellingsæter, Linda K. Edvardsen, Tom-Stian Pedersen, Bård Yngve Bjermeland Olsen, Vidar Klemetsen, Siw Brastad, Kjell Løvold, Karoline Tomren Utgård, Aliochy Cabodevilla Aragon, Janne Aarsbog Gommesen, Patrick Augdal, Robin Liavåg, Trym Bjermeland
written by Magne Steinsvoll, Per-Ingvar Tomren, Eline Aasheim, Janne Iren Holseter, Anita Nyhagen, music by Magne Steinsvoll, special effects supervisor: Per-Ingvar Tomren

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's Christmas, and all youngsters Eline (Eline Aasheim), Magne (Magne Steinsvoll) and Per-Ingvar (Per-Ingvar Tomren), best friends since childhood, want is to party really hard, taking in as much alcohol as they can hold - which is perfectly normal for people their age. Thing is, Eline has caught the eye of an unnamed man (Tormod Lien), who at first sight seems to be the perfect family man, he has a loving wife, is good to his daughter, and on the surface a devout Christian, bringing the girl up as one as well. But if he takes a fancy to a girl not even half his age during Christmas time, he has the habit to spy her out and for Christmas Eve put on his Santa outfit, invade her home, brutally kill everyone in sight and rape and kill the girl in question as well - so Eline and friends are in for quite a nasty ride this Christmas ...

 

Now here's a film that's not very likely to leave one unfazed, basically because in manages to remain unpredictable throughout: After a rather explosive opening, the film pretty much drifts off into alcohol-induced comedy for a while, with only the scenes with Tormod Lien adding disturbing touches to the proceedings, to ultimately evolve into a violent excess, including a very graphic decapitation and another head smashed in in quite some detail - and that's really the fascinating aspect about this movie, that it manages to make these shifts pretty much seamlessly, but it's also what's so (intentionally) disturbing about it - which is also helped by a solid ensemble cast of course -, and the reason it will stay with you for quite a bit after watching. So it's definitely not a film for everyone, but fans of disquieting horror will get a kick out of it for sure.

 

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