Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Movie Review # 143 Santa's Slay (2005)
Director: David Steiman
Writer: David Steiman
Cast: Bill Goldberg, Douglas Smith, Emilie de Ravin, Robert Culp
Rotten Tomatoes: 44% Audience Fresh
Netflix: 3 Stars
Oh Santa you slay me. Yes I know that is corny and cheesy but I do not care. All because this movie was not only classic B-Film it was a simple and pure joy to watch. Now the movie is far from perfect with scenes that do not go well together and others that seem out of place. Despite these faults this movie is just pure fun and no Santa is Badder than this one. Sorry Bad Santa I know you are supposed to be the worst of them all. But this one will kick you ass and then shove your head up it just for fun.
Now let's get to specifics. The movies plot is wonderfully goofy. As Santa Claus is the human born child of the almighty Satan. Who loses a bet to one God's Generals who is also an Angel. The bet is who ever can get their rock closest to a hole wins. Santa elects to go first and gets it as close as he can. Only for the Angel to come in and knock his rock in winning and ultimately sealing the fate of Santa for a thousand years. This is where the movie kicks off as Santa's time has come to a end and his "Night of Slaying" can eminence again.
This playful nature goes through out the movie. With both Santa and the Angel having words again and even making the same bet. But just not in the way you might think. As for the rest of the movies plot. It is typical boy loves girl and girl isn't sure of boy fluff. It is not engaging or really adding much to the story. Instead what does is just detract a little from the movie. As it seems at times to be added on or at the very least homage to the love story in Gremlins.
As this movie sorta goes hand in hand with that one. But only in structure and story arc. Nothing more than that though. The direction, sound and effects. I honestly have no complaints as this movie is above par in all of those. Hell it is often funny even if unintentional and when those moments happen you not only know them. You love them as a critic and as a fan of B-films as I am. So I am cherishing the cheesy campy nature of this movie.
It is quite simply just a wonderful fun movie. That deserves a shot at being scene. But the best part is once you see the opening scene you will not only be hooked. You will see that this movie is high on laughs, silliness and fun moments. So give it a shot and have Christmas in July. Because I sure did and Santa's Slay is now a movie I must own in my Christmas Collection.