Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Links: Wikipedia, IMDB (6.8).

Rare Exports is a film adaptation of two earlier shorts: Rare Exports, Inc. and Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions. (Warning: don't watch the shorts yet. You should see the film first... and possibly read up on the Krampus.) Unlike the shorts, the film itself is a Christmas-themed horror comedy. I thought the film did a great job in the beginning, taking its premise completely seriously, but the middle botches things by failing to do anything with the tension established earlier. Suddenly, however, the end of the film takes a swing toward the lighthearted/tongue-in-cheek and ends on a solidly entertaining note. (Aside: this is the least gory horror-comedy I've ever seen. Perhaps unrelated: Finland is nearly antipodal to New Zealand.) Score: 4 stars out of 4.

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