12/11/2018
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Credits
  • Director: Reinert Kiil
  • Producer: Reinert Kiil
  • Screenwriters: Reinert Kiil
  • Cast: Stig Henrik Hoff, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Truls Svendsen, Marte Sæteren, Jørgen Langhelle, Julia Schacht, Frank Kjosås, Thomas Felberg, Sigmund Sæverud, Haddy Jallow, Karoline Stemre
  • Cinematography: Benjamin Mosli
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Horror's Santa-slasher sub-genre mixes with Scandinavian Noir in this bloody Xmas tale. Christmas is a time of peace, love and family. But not for Norway as a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing them for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest this bearded serial killer. Will they manage to stop this demented St. Nick before he kills again? Director Reinert Kiil (The House, Whore) delivers a dark, disturbing and bloody holiday thriller.
Reviews

“A fun, psychological, slasher movie that doesn’t shy away from its nostalgic roots whilst still delivering the sucker punch that fans of the subgenre will love...And there are plenty of gruesome kills to satiate fans of the slasher genre.” – Saul Muerte, The Surgeons of Horror

“Director Reinert Kiil gives us a new take on the Santa Claus killer in his film. Christmas Blood is an excellent example of Nordic noir. Originally entitled Juleblod, the movie was shot in Norway, blending in many elements from other holiday horror films and the slasher tradition in general. Of course, it’s the brutal and bloody slayings that will please horror fans the most…It’s easy to compare this film to Black Christmas (1974) and Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) due to similar themes and events. This movie is a welcome addition to the genre, which has grown quite a bit in recent years. Christmas Blood provides a creepy atmosphere and a touch of festive spirit.”  – John Migliore, IndieHorrorOnLine

“Fans of the slasher movie will of course love it, because it is well-conceived, its suspense sequences and scares are well-placed, and it’s proper violent for sure. Plus, the snowy Norwegian backdrops do lend a welcomely unusual flavour to the proceedings, and the cast really give the movie their all  – so even if you’re not really into slashers you might like this one, and if you’re a fan, this one’s really for you.” – SearchMyTrash

“Many will immediately assume that this is a film that is about to be an exercise in silly camp horror. Surprisingly, it is not. That is not to say that it is a film that disguises itself as something particularly profound or high-taste; there is still plenty of blood and scantily clad ladies in this Horror flick, but it does aim for a much weightier tone than many of its similar contemporaries. In many ways, Christmas Blood is actually a mash-up of two genres: Horror and that very particular strain of detective film. Visually, it often borders on noir, and it makes for a unique viewing experience – there is a cool and reserved sensibility to the action you see on screen that contrasts greatly with the content you are watching. Cryptic Rock gives Christmas Blood 4 out of 5 stars.” – CrypticRock

“Ho ho… oh, this one’s pretty good. I know that this time of the year is littered with Christmas horror releases, but honestly, Christmas Blood is easily one of the top two films in the catalog. It’s singlehandedly the best Christmas slasher since Steven Miller’s Silent Night remake. Christmas Blood is so moody it’s almost depressing, which is awesome considering most Christmas movies are filled with holiday cheer and bright lights. This one, in particular, is dark and angsty, and doesn’t leave much room for sympathy as the killer Santa turns his victims into gory messes on the floor or red snow mounds in the street. He’s absolutely brutal and unstoppable, and the perfect villain for a movie that’s supposed to be about love and the gift of giving. The atmosphere is so palpable that you start to forget it’s Christmas time in Norway, and wherever you live as you’re watching, and it’s almost like Christmas Blood becomes an amazing year-round slasher instead of just a December slasher. It’s magical, for sure. Props to writer/director/producer Reinert Kiil, producer Joachim Lyng, cinematographer Benjamin Mosli, editor Silje Rekk and special effects lead Elisabeth Mainy for working in tandem to make Christmas Blood as cohesively bleak as it is retro, suspenseful and chaotic. Few have succeeded in making a Yule Tide title this successful. I didn’t even mind the subtitles! The cinematography, the villain and his epic kills stole the show and are the highlight of the movie. All the actors and actresses involved with this picture did a fantastic job. Christmas Blood is a shocking, brutal movie with splendid splattering practical effects. Its body count is large and epic...Throw in one genuine jump scare and one sadistic as Hell death sequence and Christmas Blood is the perfect present for gore fansIt’s no secret that I loved this movie. It’s a sleeper hit and has so much unexpected material for such a generic synopsis. This is the movie of the season that you don’t want to miss! Final Score: 8.5 out of 10 – MGDSQUAN, HorrorSociety

 

Screenings
2018 - Lund International Fantasy Film Festival
2018 - Night Visions Film Festival
2018 - Sydney Underground Film Festival
2017 - Sitges Film Festival
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About the Director

Reinert Kill is Norway’s pre-eminent exploitation/grindhouse-oriented director. He was born in Hammerfest, Norway in 1982 and after a stint in the Norwegian air force he focused his career on film and TV production. Kiil has worked on over 300 TV series, features, commercials and stand-up shows as a Production Assistant, Prop Master, Cinematographer, Director, Producer, Art Director, Animal Trainee, Grip, Best Boy,  Production Coordinator and even Make-up. His first short film as a Director was Fuck Norway (2002) followed by Suicide (2003), Boom Tree in Paradise City (2004) and The Conscience’s Voice (2006). His feature length films include Hora ( 2009), The Whore (2009), Inside the Whore ( 2011), Watches ( 2012 ), The House and his most recent, Christmas Blood. Kiil is currently working on a sci-fi film titled Alpha X.

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Credits
  • Director: Reinert Kiil
  • Producer: Reinert Kiil
  • Screenwriters: Reinert Kiil
  • Cast: Stig Henrik Hoff, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Truls Svendsen, Marte Sæteren, Jørgen Langhelle, Julia Schacht, Frank Kjosås, Thomas Felberg, Sigmund Sæverud, Haddy Jallow, Karoline Stemre
  • Cinematography: Benjamin Mosli
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