Santa Claus VS the Zombies (2010)
-Review by Nic Brown-
The Christmas season brings out some classic films - heartwarming movies like IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE or MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET that pluck at the strings of nostalgia in our hearts. Writer/Director George Bonilla wanted to bring his own take to the holiday season. There is just one catch - George wanted to add a few zombies to the holiday mix. The result is SANTA CLAUS VS THE ZOMBIES.
Billed as a family-friendly zombie flick for the holidays, the movie follows a suburban family that finds itself trapped in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. To add to the mix, a Santa Claus impersonator (Billy Blackwell) and a couple of his hired elves get stuck with them. Only this impersonator may be more than he appears; he could be the real St. Nick.
In the midst of the chaos, the President and his cabinet learn about the trapped family and decide that rescuing them and “Santa Claus” would be just the kind of morale boost the country needs to help everyone rally and fight the zombie hordes. Saving St. Nick and the family may be tougher than they think as an undead army closes in on them.
SANTA CLAUS VS THE ZOMBIES tries to be the first zombie film of its type. It does a good job of avoiding the blood and guts associated with the genre, but whether families will consider this “friendly” is another question. The nature of the story means that the plot tends to drag at times, especially when the President and his advisors are meeting in their secret bunker. This kind of slowdown may make the movie less fun for kids than one of their normal holiday choices. On the other hand, the film’s lack of graphic violent content may put off traditional horror fans. However, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary and you like the zombie genre, this film would be the one to check out. SANTA CLAUS VS THE ZOMBIES isn’t a great zombie film, and it isn’t a great Christmas film, yet somehow the combination comes together to make a fun, imaginative and disturbingly different holiday film that creates its own niche: zombie holidays. So check out SANTA CLAUS VS THE ZOMBIES and hope that you’ve been good this year because Santa may just have to save your butt for Christmas.