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Christmas Blood (2017) Review

Christmas Blood Review

by Yo Adrian on December 23rd, 2018 | | , , , ,

Christmas Blood (Juleblod) was directed by Reinert Kiil (who also directed The Whore) and stars Stig Henrik Hoff, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen (from Detour) and Truls Svendsen. It’s about a serial killing Santa up in Norway who goes on a rampage on Christmas Eve.

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Juleblod Review

This one had me feeling skeptical right from the start. It opens like a typical Christmas slasher but then immediately launches into a long exposition jam packed with implausibilities that had me thinking I just shelled out for a B-horror on Blu-ray.

Luckily that wasn’t the case, at all.

Christmas Blood is actually a quality horror with a lot of unique aspects going for it, despite it’s familiar plot. Yes, there’s a killer who dresses as Santa. Yes, he sets his sights on a group of college girls who just want to party. Yes, he’s always one step ahead of the cops.

BUT, it’s set in Norway where, if you go far enough north, it’s dark 24/7. This is where the party girls are at. The cops, however, are down south in Oslo, where the days are perfectly normal. So you have the cops investigating in the wrong city where it’s nice and sunny while the threat happens in a far away town where it’s perpetually dark.

There’s also a unique take on the ‘casual coroner’ trope. You know the guy, he’s always munching on a sandwich or something while casually discussing the morbid details of the stiff laid out on his table. Christmas Blood takes this to a whole new level. This coroner is so desensitized that he’s not just munching on a sandwich, he’s munching on a giant open-faced sandwich that smears all over his fingers and lips. A clump even falls onto the body at one point, where he proceeds to just wipes it up with his finger and licks it clean.

Of course, it’s not all slashing and sandwiches. One of the sub plots is of a group of girlfriends who get into all kinds of dramatic spats, it’s like watching The Descent but with no hiking. It also has some glaring pacing issues, it really drags halfway through and gets overly repetitive.

Overall, however, it’s a fun foreign festive slasher.

Worth Watching?

Definitely. Christmas Blood takes a very, very common concept and manages to deliver a truly fresh take on it. I’m happy to have it as part of my permanent Christmas horror collection.

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