Craig Anderson’s Holiday Horror Comes to HD
Artsploitation Sets Red Christmas Under the Tree October 17th
Available Nationwide on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD
“a tightly constructed, unapologetically nasty little thriller, given depth and weight by Wallace’s interpretation of a sweet woman suffering for her past” —Los Angeles Times
“one of the most beautifully lit and photographed horror films since Dario Argento’s Suspiria” —Film Journal International
Philadelphia, PA – Artsploitation has delivered the ultimate stocking stuffer with the home video release of the Australian horror film Red Christmas. Veteran television director and actor Craig Anderson makes his feature debut with Red Christmas, combining the banal horror of family gatherings with the issues of abortion, feminism, ethics, religion and privacy, with a blood-splattered twist on what happens when secrets refuse to stay dead. Following a theatrical rollout across the United States, Red Christmas will be available nationwide October 17th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
Genre icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters) stars in a critically acclaimed role as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance.
Dee Wallace headlines as Diane, a matriarch presiding over the gathering of her squabbling grown children on Christmas Day. Tensions give way to terror when a deformed stranger appears at the door with vengeance on his mind. Diane must protect her family as limbs are severed and secrets are brought into the light.
The Blu-ray (SRP $22.99) and DVD (SRP $17.99) releases of Red Christmas will exclusively include a feature-length commentary with writer-director Craig Anderson, interviews with Dee Wallace, Gerald Odwyer and Craig Anderson, bloopers and more.
For more information on Red Christmas, including release information, interviews, press photos, review copies and streaming links, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For four nights in October the twelfth annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival will showcase the best in new horror cinema from around the world, and once again the entire festival will screen at the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center! Click here for the full schedule!
Spooky 2017 gets started with a double dose of holiday cheer on Thursday, October 5, with screenings of the twisted BETTER WATCH OUT and the oz-ploitation gore-fest RED CHRISTMAS.
Since 2006 there has been only one place in DC where you can see the best new horror together on the big screen, and that is no exception this year: 68 KILL, LAKE BODOM, THE GHOUL, KILLING GROUND, GAME OF DEATH, REPLACE and THE ENDLESS the best of the best in modern genre filmmaking.
In addition, Spooky Movie will be presenting several special event screenings, including: 40th anniversary of HOUSE (1977), hosted by the one and only Dr. Sarcofiguy; the HALLOWEEN VIDEO MIXTAPE: A WRAITH FILMS ANTHOLOGY; the 42nd anniversary screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, featuring (for the 3rd year) the Bloody Mayhem Theatre Company shadowcast; and our first ever SURPRISE SCREENING.
For complete schedule go to http://www.spookyfest.com/
Red Christmas comes to Ohio this weekend!
Opens Friday, September 15th, 2017
The Gateway Film Center
1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
September 16th & 19th, 2017
1390 West 65th Street
Office: (216) 651-7295
Movieline: (440) 528-0355
March 8th, 2018
Rookie’s Event Center (located in the Rookie’s Restaurant and Sports Bar) 117 Second Street Henderson KY 42420
Dee Wallace (Cujo, E.T., Howling, Hills Have Eyes) has been nominated for the Best Actress Award for her performance in the horror movie, Red Christmas. It should be noted that not only was Dee Wallace the lead in the movie but also the film’s executive producer. This is the inaugural year for the Silhouette Awards and is this awards presentation is in association with The Woman’s Only Entertainment Film Festival. These awards honor the hard work for woman in the motion picture industry.
Red Christmas has also been nominated for Best Picture.
Film Review: Red Christmas
A dysfunctional family Christmas goes to hell in this formulaic but visually stunning Australian horror picture about the ties that bind and rend.
It’s easy to argue Red Christmas‘ politics—argue, not resolve, which appears to be writer/director/co-producer Craig Anderson’s intention. In particular, Cletus’ resemblance to the sad, ill-used Elephant Man of Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play and David Lynch’s 1980 film is surely no coincidence, and casting Gerard O’Dwyer—who has Down Syndrome and is well-known in Australia both as an actor and as a spokesman for people with intellectual disabilities—as Diane and Joe’s eldest child is both canny and genuinely effective.
Wallace’s performance is genuinely memorable—in a genre where middle-aged women rarely get more than a few minutes’ screen time before being summarily dispatched, she not only stays the course but shows why it pays to invest in experience…though it’s worth noting that Wallace, the mom in E.T. and Cujo and one of the film’s producers, stepped up and invested herself.
Red Christmas is one of the most beautifully lit and photographed horror films since Dario Argento’s Suspiria—the stylized pink and blue lighting (nicely justified by the holiday decor) is a dead giveaway to Argento’s influence—and it’s clear that veteran filmmaker Anderson’s stalk-and-slash picture is—pardon the pun—a cut above average.
Red Christmas Block: Sunday 4:30 PM
Deck the halls with blood and gore! A wild new Ozploitation slasher, featuring the legendary Dee Wallace taking her typical matriarch to some dark new levels! Come for the presents; stay for the kills! And since motherhood is such a central theme, we have it paired with two shorts all about childbirth horrors!
Films in this Block
Tik Tik Fearful villagers gather at the beside of a woman nearing labour as they prepare for the presence of a sinister creature.
Ready to Burst Kate and Dylyn have been dying to have a baby. When they finally find success what follows is Kate’s struggle with the early stages of an unusual pregnancy as it takes a horrific turn.
Red Christmas A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.
Red Christmas opens in San Francisco!
2200 Clement St. SF. CA. 94121 (415) 666-3488
Red Christmas comes to Houston!
Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
531 South Mason Road , Katy, TX 77450 | 281-492-6900 |
Red Christmas comes to Grand Rapids!
Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX
2121 Celebration Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Watch Out! Cletus, The Red Christmas Killer, has his own Facebook page and he’s not holding anything back.
Go To https://www.facebook.com/AbortedCletus/ and get a first hand account and what goes through the deranged mind of Cletus. This sh*t goes way beyond what you’ve seen on Craig Anderson’s Red Christmas!
Warning! You are about to read a posting from the Cletus – Red Christmas Facebook page –
It is still a few months till my 21st birthday but please let me tell you about my first day on earth. In the sweetest of ways, you could say my birth very unexpected. But not in the “damn, I got knocked up last night after drinking too much tequila and now I’m gonna be a mamma.” unexpected. No, mine was a little more complex. You see, after mom found out from the docs that I was going to be a Downs syndrome baby, she decided to abort me. Not nice mamma! But luckily for me, on the day of her “procedure”, there was a violent pro-life demonstration in front of Melbourne’s Baby No More Clinic, and as as I was about to be flushed down the toilet or fed to a koala, I was pulled out, dumped in a canister and left unattended as the doctors ran out of the place. Now gasping for breath in the fetid atmosphere of the killing house, a nurse noticed me flailing and screaming. She wrapped me in a blanket and ran out of the place unnoticed. Now that is a happy Christmas Eve birth!
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: WRITER/DIRECTOR CRAIG ANDERSON ON “RED CHRISTMAS” AND COURTING CONTROVERSY
You’ve got Christmas, abortion and Down syndrome—you tackle a lot of touchy subjects in RED CHRISTMAS!
In regards to the stuff involving Down syndrome, one of the interesting things I learned regarding the discussion around it was the idea of eugenics—and I’m not going to say I’m a conspiracy theorist, but there are a certain amount of the population that do get aborted more than other types, and one of those is people with intellectual disabilities or congenital disorders that could lead to what some people would consider not to be a high-quality life. So that is an issue in the film as well. Those themes are all under the surface, though. They’re all hiding, and if you want to pick away, hopefully you’ll find them. In the end, it’s also just a family being terrorized by a madman on Christmas Day, so it works on that level, but if you start to look further, I tried to put other things in there.