Directed by Steve Rudzinski
Written by Steve Rudzinski
Starring Seth Gontkovic, Amie Wrenn, Shawn Shelpman, and Steve Rudzinski
Running time approx 60 minutes
"I'm Tara, I like killing people! I've been doing it a long time now and realized there might be some folks that want to see what it's like. So I made this movie to show you all of the steps of how to brutally murder a person while never forgetting what the holidays are all about! This year, I'm dreaming of a Red Christmas!"
Every Holiday has its traditions, many passed from generation to generation, but Taras' are all her own and a bit on the unconventional side! She has chosen this year to document her Christmas Celebration for all those curios generations to come in this (mockumentary) film.
Tara Tara Tara... Oh you impish little Christmas elf... I was excited to get to check out a brand new holiday horror offering this season in Steve Rudzinskis' film Red Christmas. I realized going in that it was a micro indie film so I kept my hopes minimal, figure expect the worst hope for the best and every once in a while you'll be pleasantly surprised kind of like I was with this one.
First off the film is very minimalist, Steve made some really smart choices in this film. Its got a tiny cast, very limited locations and and almost no set dressing, and yet it all plays together brilliantly with out feeling cheap. Its quite an impressive feat, to take something so small and make it cohesive, and interesting fr the viewer. The story is dark but witty in a refreshing unexpected way, with just enough emotional grit in the back story to make it feel very plausible.
Upon first meeting Tara my initial thought was oh man this is going to be a long movie, and I will be the first to admit I was wrong! Aimee Wrens' portrayal of the twisted and emotionally scarred Tara is just fantastic! I quickly began cheering her on in spite of myself. Tara feels very organic, she grows more and more likable as the carnage progresses'. I really hope Wren finds herself some additional roles in the near future because there's something very quirky cool in her that just blew me and my watching buddy away! She has a lot to be proud of in her performance, she truly carried the film like a pro.
Red Christmas isn't an all out blood letting, its smarter than that. Steve was obviously well aware of his limitations be they budgetary or other and found inventive ways to work within them, resulting in a film that feels honest. This is one that should have a wide appeal as it holds elements of dark comedy, horror, and found footage/documentary style film making. Red Christmas crosses over from just the genre fans to a much wider audience including those who may not normally be big fans of horror this one may just help change their minds! But don't just take my word for it support indie horror and grab a copy yourself, Red Christmas is a great add to any film collection!