Yeah, Yeah I know it’s way after Christmas and nobody gives two shits about the holidays-but the other day I discovered a neat little flick that I will definately remind everyone about next year-but while it’s fresh in my head I thought I’d mention it here. The film Cuento de Navidad entitled in English as A Christmas Tale (Not to be confused with Rare Exports) was a film included in the Spanish horror dvd set 6 Films to Keep You Awake. In a nutshell it’s a great little horror thriller that only clocks in at 71 minutes in length-but has alot going for it.
First of all it’s directed by Paco Plaza the man who’s responsible for the amazing REC & REC 2 in which the american movie Quarantine was based. Second it stars Ivana Baquero who also starred as the lead role in Pan’s Labyrinth. Thirdly this movie is set in 1985 and really feels like it-as one of the characters is obsessed with the Karate Kid and dresses and acts like Daniel Laruso! The only way I can describe this little thriller would be as a mix between the Monster Squad and Silent Night Deadly Night. The kids in this film are kinda like a fucked up version of The Goonies and the story is certainly suspenseful and intriguing.
Here’s a little synopsis however beware of spoilers: In 1985, in a coastal town, the friends Koldo, Peti, Tito, Eugenio and Moni stumble with a woman dressed like Santa Claus trapped in a hole in the woods. However, the children discover in a police station that the woman is actually a dangerous thief. The kids decides to leave the woman in the hole without any food and try to force her to give them the money she allegedly stole to them. When they discover the woman somehow disappears from her imprisonment, the children face a new terror as they try and make their way home through an abandoned amusement park.
Here’s the trailer-it’s in Spanish but the movie on dvd is subtitled-not sure yet about the other 5 films but I am excited to check them out as well…