Fangoria‘s online arm gave visitors a ‘Christmas gift’ this year, an exclusive short movie produced by Robert Galluzzo (The Psycho Legacy) and written/directed by Drew Daywalt (didn’t know his work until this).
What drew me to My Name Is Kris Kringle was a killer santa role played by R.A. Mihailoff – Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3! As a fan of Silent Night, Deadly Night, To All A Good Night and the like I’ve been patiently waiting for the return of the santa slasher film (sorry, I couldn’t get through five minutes of Santa’s Slay).
My Name Is Kris Kringle didn’t deliver on the setup.
This is a good thing.
Let me explain…
When the slasher (carrying a decapitated head) is apprehended by police in the very first minute, every killer santa template goes out the window. The remainder of this roughly 10-minute short takes place in the copshop, and builds to an utterly chilling twist carried completely by dialogue.
In summary, this was a complete 180 from what I expected - an anti-slasher slasher.
At time of writing, My Name Is Kris Kringle can be viewed on the Fango homepage.