Monday, December 24, 2012

Jason versus Saint

Opting to break from tradition -- I'll catch the original Black Christmas tomorrow night instead -- I decided to tackle a holiday-themed Dutch movie I'd had my eye on for some time instead. Hey, a man's gotta mix it up from time to time . . .

Saint, AKA Sint, is a horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on Dec. 5. And it comes from writer/director Dick Maas, who made the pretty damn good thriller Amsterdamned back in the day. But how does it rate?

Actually, it's entertaining as a whole. Think John Carpenter's The Fog meets Dead Snow and you kinda get the idea. Only with a really pissed off St. Nicholas and an army of murderous Black Peters instead of Nazis and leper pirates.

We've got some decent gore and a few exciting set pieces, plus a scare or two. Nothing shorts shitting mind you, but still an effective enough 90 minutes. And there's a couple of hot Dutch chicks, but no boobies. Sad face is sad.

Unfortunately, that's as excited as I can really get. Saint doesn't have a clear protagonist until the last 20 minutes or so, which makes it hard to cheer anyone on. And there isn't enough of St. Nicholas to bring much menace to the flick. Drag.

Tough call on the rating, as I would recommend this to people who want some effective holiday counter programming, but I doubt I will watch it again. A Bad from me.

Merry Christmas, y'all!

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