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  • 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

Christmas Blood is shot in typical Scandi noir style, with the bleak muted palette we have come to expect from the likes of The Bridge or Wallander with the addition of an awful lot of blood and guts. There are jump scares a plenty as the savage Santa goes about his gruesome business and plenty of the requisite running around and whimpering as well as few typically grim Scandinavian gags. – HorrorHothouseReview

Christmas Blood features some excellent kills…and in the end, that is what we all desire when we plop our arcane asses down on the couch and cast our eerie eyeballs upon a stalk n’ slay affair! Christmas Blood is a solid slasher with some love behind it, and while stylish and bloody it doesn’t exactly soar to new heights…it’s wortha  watch (or two)…” – HorrorFuel

“With an ominous retro feel, much like John Carpenter’s classic film Halloween, we meet a new murderous Santa, one with a list of folks he has deemed as naughty who need to be taken care of. This guy is nowhere, and everywhere all at once and cannot be killed! His ax, like in other Santa movies, is his murder weapon of choice and can go up in the horror hall of fame after this film! Christmas Blood certainly boasts a huge body count! I really enjoyed the dark, dreary and bleak cinematography. It really set the mood for all the killing. The snow looked real and the victims looked so cold it made me shiver. The outdoor chase scenes were chilling. The acting was top notch too, even if we don’t care for most of the people. They all still did a great job with the acting. The better to ax you with, my dears! Part of what I appreciated too, was the incredible practical effects. I believed every ax chop, sickly splatter or disgusting wound, and the visceral flow of the tremendous amounts of blood used. It was very realistic. Each kill had its own style, even personality. This Santa has a pretty sick sense of humor. Wait till you see the snowman he finds time to build! – TheBloodShed

“Perhaps more than any other Christmas Santa killer slasher, Christmas Blood takes direction from John Carpenter’s classic seasonal horror film [Halloween] throughout its entire runtime, from the explanation of its murderer’s stoic commitment to killing on Christmas every single year to the synth-based soundtrack inspired by Carpenter’s best musical creation. It explores a much more serious side of that element than most of the offerings out there. Whereas Silent Night, Deadly Night is both accidentally and intentionally cheesy, Christmas Blood remains completely serious throughout, and only its conclusion loses the realism of Kiil’s story.” – Cultsploitation

“Reinert Kiil has created a delightfully grotesque gore-fest that nevertheless delivers some substance beyond the gallons of blood spilled on the screen. If you’ve exhausted your Christmas horror watch-list and need something both violent and festive to satisfy the itch, you could do a lot worse than Christmas Blood. It’s almost impossible to watch the movie without drawing parallels to Halloween. Indeed, Christmas Blood feels like what would happen if you reimagined Halloween as a giallo film set at Christmas and heavily infused with Norwegian culture and sensibilities. I don’t know if there’s a Norwegian equivalent to Italy’s giallo, but if there were, I’d consider this a flagship title in the genre. It’s a film that demands to be watched in a darkened room, and it deserves the treatment. If you enjoy grisly crime stories with a heaping side of slasher films, Reinert Kiil’s movie is a gift that keeps on giving. – RavenousMonsters

“Rejoice horror fans! Christmas has come early with Artsploitation’s release of the Yuletide slasher, Christmas Blood. Known primarily for bringing foreign-made exploitation films to the American audience, Artsploitation tends to pick films that satisfy their somewhat extreme tastes; violence, gore, nudity, physical and psychological torture, rape—I’m sure you are starting to get the picture. Christmas Blood is another in their list of evil offerings that checks of that naughty list quite nicely, resulting in something of a very different Christmas movie…something you aren’t going to be playing after Christmas dinner for the kids to settle down to. The film is incredibly well shot and competently pieced together; something sometimes lacking in lower budget releases. As far as slashers go, this is a very well-made, detailed, and fun addition to the plethora of films like it out there. I’d go as far to say that it’s better than many of those films in the same genre, boasting entertaining characters and plenty of guts, gore, and great kills scenes. If this is a genre that you enjoy, you will love this film.”   – NevermoreHorror

“Bottom line is, even though Christmas Blood is your typical holiday slasher that features a killer with no motive, it’s still a fun watch that full of blood and gore courtesy of this creepy looking Santa. The movie has a little bit of everything you want in a slasher – things like pretty girls partying, a serial killer that’s dressed to kill and the hero who’s trying to stop the madman. All of the special effects look really good plus there’s some impressive cinematography in the movie which helps with its atmospheric vibe going on…Reinert Kiil has delivered a violent holiday slasher that’s brutally twisted and sickening fun.” – AlienBee

“Writer-director Reinert Kiil’s movie splits its tone between gritty Scandinavian crime drama and over-the-top horror, like a cross between The Snowman and Silent Night, Deadly Night. It even mimics one of The Snowman’s iconic ridiculous moments, with a victim’s severed head placed on top of a snowman (here, it’s Kiil himself as a hapless local cop). The axe-wielding Santa — the police file just calls him “Juleblod,” or Christmas Blood — is a menacing antagonist, but the potential victims are interchangeable idiots, and the movie’s shaky and murky visuals often make it tough to tell what’s happening. Luckily, there are a few strong instances of grim humor, like when the cops discover that the placement of the murders makes a Christmas tree pattern on the map.” –Polygon

“I really wanted to like this horror and to be fair I didn’t think it was awful. It had a lot of good things going for it. Firstly like the snow itself the camera work and quality is crisp and clean adding an element of class to this. A big complaint I did have though is just how dark the movie as a whole seems. The killer himself I didn’t think was too bad…The black humour comes into play with his kills, one victim has a snowman built around him so his head is sticking out the top, the killer keeps severed heads in his sack, and some of the blood from victims comes out in almost geysers of gore! Christmas Blood isn’t a terrible film, and I liked the snow filled Norwegian setting, yet I didn’t feel completely on board with how this plays out. A little too dark, and maybe a little too serious, the killer maybe memorable, but much of the rest of the cast do nothing to make them stand out.” – TheRottingZombie

“While it may not be as awesome as Silent Night, Deadly Night I still thought it was a fun little movie that works for several reasons and helped put me in the Christmas spirit this year. Not only does Christmas Blood have a nice Halloween-like vibe to it but it just feels like an old school slasher flick in general and if you ask me that is always a great thing. In many ways the movie is an awesome combination of Halloween, the original Black Christmas, and Silent Night, Deadly Night and since I love all three of those movies, I really dug Christmas Blood as a result. I was also happy that the movie has an impressive body count and most of the death scenes are nice and bloody. Santa isn’t playing around here and is obviously enjoys taking out his victims with his axe. Since I love blood and guts, I wasn’t let down and I had a blast watching Santa go to work. I also dug the fact that it looks like the filmmakers just used practical effects as it doesn’t appear to be any crappy CGI anywhere to be found here…If you’re looking for a new Christmas-themed horror flick to watch this year during the holidays look no further than Christmas Blood. I’ll admit that it may not be for every taste and pales in comparison to classics like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Black Christmas but it is still a lot of good, bloody fun and just a cool little slasher flick in general. Check it out when you get the chance, I think you may be pleasantly surprised.” – HorrorNews

“Christmas Blood is a Christmas horror with an ominous retro feel, much like John Carpenter’s classic film HalloweenI really enjoyed the dark, dreary and bleak cinematography. It really set the mood for all the killing. The snow looked real, and the victims looked so cold it made me shiver. The outdoor chase scenes were chilling. The acting was top notch too, even if the characters were mostly unlikable. The better to ax you with, my dears!  I enjoyed this cold and bloody Christmas Eve slaughter fest. Christmas Blood holds its own, even if just for the gratuitous gore alone. And since we can’t help but hate almost every character in the film, it’s not hard to watch them die, one, by one. Merry Christmas!” – MorbidlyBeautiful

“[A] yuletide splattering spectacular. Kiil writes and directs a new horror-holiday classic of the Norwegian variety that turns the jolly, red nose, cookie-eating fat guy into an axe wielding maniac. Christmas Blood is a retro-grade horror film that very merrily feels like a product of the Golden Age of slasher-survival genre from the 1980’s with a powerful and unstoppable aggressive killer, a delectable high body count.” – ItsBlogginEvil

“Veteran horror director Kiil (who may have the best name for horror directors this side of Rob Zombie) has an eye for atmosphere; the remote town is virtually deserted and the streets empty and full of snow and mist. With elements of Halloween and Silent Night Deadly Night to deal with, most hardcore horror fan may find this a little overly familiar without adding a whole lot new to either genre.” – Cinema365

Christmas Blood delivers the jolly goods. The setting is beautiful, as most Norwegian films are. Christmas Blood has a very dark tone that ascents the story well. I enjoy a darker color pallet, as it allows certain other colors appear more vibrant. In the case of this film, the blood certainly runs a pretty red. The effects are on par with the overall feel of the film. They aren’t over the top but they’re gory enough to suffice the thirst of horror fans. Christmas Blood was an enjoyable, bloody sleigh ride that will make a great addition to your holiday-horror binge-fests.” – HorrorGeekLife 

Christmas Blood feels like Se7en, Halloween,and Black Christmas had a love child that was raised in the bleakest region of Norway.  The movie feels like a cold snowy night and that is perfect. There is plenty to like about this movie. …would I recommend this movie? You bet your jingle bells I would! – TennesseeHorror

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