The holidays will never be the same thanks to the outrageous, long-unavailable “Home Alone meets ‘80s slasher flick” Christmas-time slayride, Dial Code Santa Claus!
“New Christmas cult classic alert: Dial Code Santa Claus is finally coming to America.” – Tamika Jones, AV Club
Previously available only via VHS bootlegs – and a huge audience favorite at Fantastic Fest 2018 – this wild French horror flick (aka Deadly Games and 36.15 code Père Noël) is a major genre discovery. Made in 1989, a year before the Hollywood blockbuster Home Alone (which, suspiciously, has almost the same plot), Dial Code Santa Claus is far more stylized, insane and obviously, much bloodier. Thomas is a typical ‘80s kid: he loves Rambo, computers, role-playing games and his dog. While mom’s away at the office on Christmas Eve, Thomas and his grandfather are left home alone – perfect timing for a disgruntled, perverted, bloodthirsty Santa Claus to drop down the chimney with visions of a murderous home invasion dancing in his head. But hell hath no fury like a mulleted ten-year-old with an arsenal of deadly toys, and Santa’s about to have a season to “dismember!” (Dir. by René Manzor, 1989, France, in French with English subtitles, 87 mins., Not Rated)