Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Film Review: PSYCHO SANTA (2003)

The DV feature Psycho Santa (2003) is one of many brain-dead Santa slasher films trying to copy the infamous Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) but fails at every turn due to the low (or “no”) budget and sub-par production values. 

A couple is on their way to a friend’s Christmas party when one of them decides to tell the other several stories about a crazed psycho who has killed people repeatedly in the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, the stories that are told are conventional of every other slasher film making them uninteresting.  This style is an attempt to mask the fact that this is a simple anthology film with the same killer Santa killing different people each episode.  This could have worked if not for the weak stories and even weaker performances by generally the entire cast.  There isn’t a solid performance in the bunch.

This is a slog of a film to get through (if you even do) and it is a reminder of the early ‘00s when anyone and everyone decided that they were going to be a film-maker simply because they could acquire the means to do so cheaply.  The film is written and directed by Peter Keir (who has only directed one other film) and it is his debut feature and it shows as he makes all the mistakes of a novice director – weak script, bad direction of actors, uninspired cinematography, and the list goes on.  If there is one thing to recommend the film for is that it has plenty of female nudity (if that’s all you need in your “z”-grade horror film).

You’d be “psycho” to watch Psycho Santa.

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