You know that the festering season is well underway when the first Norwegian serial killing Santa movie of the holidays turns up.
Directed by Reinert Kiil Juleblod AKA Christmas Blood opens six years ago when detective Thomas Rasch (Stig Henrik Hoff) thinks he has shot dead an infamous serial killer who has been terrorizing Norway for the previous 13 years. Dressed as Santa, every Christmas the killer had worked his way through his list of whose been naughty. Now the killing has started again, because unknown to Rasch the killer had survived and for the past six years had been holed up in a secure prison before breaking loose just in time for Christmas 2016. Traumatized by the case Rasch seeks solace in the bottle.
Detective Hansen (Sondre Krogtoft Larsen) gets assigned to the case and seeks out Rasch to help find the Santa Killer. working their way through the survivors on his list they track him down to an isolated town in Finnmark at the very top of Norway where a bunch of college friends are holding a boozy Christmas party reunion….. Oh dear I think we can guess what’s going to happen.
Juleblod is shot in typical Scandi noir style, with the bleak muted palette we have come to expect from the likes of The Bridge or Wallander with the addition of an awful lot of blood and guts. There are jump scares a plenty as the savage Santa goes about his gruesome business and plenty of the requisite running around and whimpering as well as few typically grim Scandinavian gags.
Bleak, bloody and scary we give Juleblod a 555/666.
Juleblod (Christmas Blood) will be available 11 December on DVD and several VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube/Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNOW and DISH.