Deadly Little Christmas
Today’s feature is a low-budget Christmas-themed horror movie from 2009: Deadly Little Christmas.
Deadly Little Christmas was directed, produced, and co-written by Novin Shakiba, who also directed The Occultist and produced the serial killer mash-up Dahmer vs. Gacy. His co-writers for the movie were David S. Sterling (Blood Legend, Attitude For Destruction, Vampire Boys) and Jeremiah Campbell (Reptisaurus, Gothic Vampires From Hell, The Curse of Lizzie Borden).
The cinematographer for Deadly Little Christmas was Orestes Gonzales, whose other low-budget credits include Dahmer vs. Gacy, Metal Man, Frankenstein Rising, and The Curse of Lizzie Borden 2.
Deadly Little Christmas was edited by Jason Peri, who also provided the film’s musical score. His other credits have included Alice In Murderland, Don’t Look In The Cellar, Lizzie Borden’s Revenge, and Vampire Boys 2.
The plot of Deadly Little Christmas is summarized on IMDb as follows:
One Christmas a little boy losses it ,and kills his father and the family’s house keeper. He is put away, and all is well. Well, until the 15th anniversary of the brutal murders (When he escapes from the santitarium that has lock him away for so long). Now, the only thing he wants is another Christmas massacre.
The reception for Deadly Little Christmas, from the few people who ran across its straight to video release, was overwhelmingly negative. It currently holds a 2.9 user rating on IMDb, alongside an astounding 0% audience aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Deadly Little Christmas looks and sounds almost as bad as the numerous Uli Lommel movies I have sat through, and has some some really terrible performances to boot. If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn that I was watching a particularly shitty soap opera while sitting through this movie, given all of the wedged-in familial drama. Even the death sequences are terribly disappointing, and look like they could have been pulled off for a home movie. All of that said, Deadly Little Christmas does have one almost-redeeming factor: a twist that I honestly didn’t see coming.
Despite one bright spot, everything else about this movie is absolute garbage. I picked this up at a bargain bin alongside Silent Night, Zombie Night, a similar straight to video Christmas horror movie. While I also dislike that movie, it stands head and shoulders above this flick, based on effort alone. This movie is just boring melodrama, with shitty cinematography, bad acting, and the most mediocre gore effects available from scouring your local dollar store. Unless you are being forced to watch it for some reason, I advise steering very clear of Deadly Little Christmas.