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Secret Santa (2015)

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Secret Santa is a feature length film that tells the story of a group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through the hectic exam period. This Horror/Comedy is a tribute to B-Movie... See full summary »

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Mike McMurran

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Annette Wozniak ... Nicole
Geoff Almond Geoff Almond ... Dwayne
Keegan Chambers ... Carissa
Brent Baird ... Bryan
Nicole Kawalez ... Olivia
Tony Nash Tony Nash ... Ramsey (as Tony Nashed)
Matthew Chisholm Matthew Chisholm ... Clay
Astrida Auza Astrida Auza ... Phyllis
Alexandra Simpson Alexandra Simpson ... Mae
Andre Becker Andre Becker ... Pizza Dude
John Nicol ... Webcam Creeper
Rebeccah Wyse Rebeccah Wyse ... Jerry
Brooke Zavitz Brooke Zavitz ... Savannah
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Secret Santa is a feature length film that tells the story of a group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through the hectic exam period. This Horror/Comedy is a tribute to B-Movie Slashers but also takes the conventions and turns them upside down. A liquor filled party is planned. Adding a Secret Santa exchange for fun. Little do our characters know... A killer is in town and has a special present for all the good (and bad) girls and boys. Dare to open your present? It might be your last! Written by Mike McMurran

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These Presents are going to be killer!

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Brent Baird also auditioned for the role of Clay. See more »

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There Are Worse Christmas Slashers Out There
9 December 2019 | by carolinephillips-47427See all my reviews

I'm not sure what's in the water as of late, but it seems like everyone and their mother have been churning out Christmas themed slasher movies in the past 5 years. Most of them are pretty charmless, but Secret Santa has its heart in the right place and writer/director Mike McMurran at least attempts to bring a little extra character development and a sense of humor to go along with the gore.

Secret Santa borrows a few pages from the likes of Black Christmas and To All A Goodnight with its house filled with nubile young college girls who are about to have more than student loan and boyfriend drama to contend with as a murderer with a ski mask begins to terrorize and kill them one by one during a secret santa party.

Like most movies around this budget, the cinematography is competent but flat at times without a whole lot of style and some of the sound mixing leaves a bit to be desired, but the actors are above average for a film of this type. Special mention goes to Annette Wozniak as Nicole who gets the most interesting character to sink her teeth into. She's struggling with a cheating boyfriend (Brent Baird who looks like Finn Wittrock's long lost brother) and with her sex cam business she's set up to help pay off her student loans. There's even a fairly progressive scene where she tells her boyfriend about her sex cam work and he's pretty supportive of her. Wozniak carries most of the film herself through her insurmountable amount of charm and she's easily the high point of the film.

Besides the characters of Dewayne and Carissa (he's mostly shrill and painfully unfunny and she's too bitter and angry to ever warm up to), the rest of them are an agreeable group to spend 75 minutes with. I'm not sure if I enjoyed spending as much time with them as McMurran does, because it does take about 50 minutes to get to any major action (besides an opening kill scene). Once the film gets going, the tone begins to shift slightly into something more resembling a dark comedy. Some of it works and some of it doesn't, but you can't fault McMurran for trying something different. At least the results are usually entertaining.

There's a great gag where a hairdryer the killer is using to electrocute a victim in the bathtub with falls out of the wall socket when he tries to throw it into the water, so he has to beat his victim to death with it instead. Even funnier, the length of the killer's "why I did it" monologue is poked fun at during the climax of the film.

Some of the gore effects might have been more effective if the camera didn't linger on them as much, but that's a small complaint in the grand scheme of things, especially when most of the movie is so much fun. Secret Santa is definitely a gift worth unwrapping.


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28 November 2015 (Canada) See more »

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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

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CAD6,000 (estimated)
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