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A Christmas Tale

DVD - 2011
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Young Pietari lives with his stern reindeer-herding father Rauno in arctic Finland. On the eve of Christmas, an enormous excavation at a nearby mountain disturbs the locals and captures Pietari's curiosity. When Rauno's reindeer herd is mysteriously slain and the children in town go missing, Pietari realizes that the dig has unearthed the evil Santa Claus of local lore, who no one wants coming to town
Publisher: [United States] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2011]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 896602002340

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elle_n
Jan 14, 2019

This movie will leave you wondering, "What the hell did I just watch?" in the best possible way. It's dark, funny, even cheesy, and nothing really makes sense. Perfect if you're sick of all those dumb Hallmark holiday movies. One thing is very noticeable in this one though -- where are all the women??

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Jane_Sm
Dec 26, 2018

The two extra features are very definitely recommended. However, not sure whether this would clarify or detract from the bizarre premise of the film itself.

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Basile01
Dec 05, 2018

Voici un conte de Noel qui sort de l'ordinaire avec son côté noir et sombre. À mi-chemin entre l'univers des frères Grimm et les films de Jean-Pierre Jeunet et Joe Dante. À découvrir si vous aimez les films du temps des Fêtes qui ne sont pas traditionnels.

Hillsboro_BoE Dec 01, 2018

Dark norwegian horror comedy = the only holiday movie I need.

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GHN
Apr 14, 2018

This film is a mixed bag of mystery, fantasy, drama, comedy and action, sometime quite intense. It is surprisingly strange and surprisingly good !!!

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SarahDormat
Dec 12, 2016

For those who enjoyed "Krampus," this is a great pick for you. A creepy tale that centers around the dark side (and it does get pretty dark) of Santa "folklore." A bit gruesome at times, probably not one for the kids... or for people who are opposed to elderly-elf, full-frontal nudity, of which there is an abundance.

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Dreamstime
Jul 13, 2015

Interesting Finnish tale with a great beginning and middle but sputters at the finish line. Wonderful mountain scenery. Suspenseful but not horrifying. I love their humor at poking fun at one of their beloved myths. Be sure to watch the extras when you finish.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
May 12, 2015

This film from Finland is easily the most bizarre Christmas tale you're likely to see. Not for the squeamish.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

When an American research team discovers the tomb of the real Santa Claus buried deep beneath a mountain on the Russian-Finnish border they unleash a lot more than goodwill towards men. The cast of cute kids and hunky dads is perfectly matched while an army of wrinkled extras running through the snow wearing full beards and nothing else is eye-popping to say the least. The spare CGI effects are well done (a nighttime helicopter chase towards the end is breathtaking) but it is the film’s clever coda, from which it gets its title, that left me howling. This is one cinematic treat you’ll want to open before the 25th!

d2013 Jun 06, 2014

Original but kind of a creepy movie!

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Dreamstime
Jul 13, 2015

Dreamstime thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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