Rare Exports: A forgotten Christmas tale


There are films that become tradition for horror fans around Christmas but how many of us watch Jalmari Helander’s Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale?

This Norwegian film flew under the radar when released in 2010, but has all the elements to become a cult Christmas classic.

With echoes of peak Tim Burton, Rare Exports tells the tale of a young boy living near a mountain which may contain the darkest secrets of Santa.

Before the slew of Krampus films (none matching Michael Dougherty’s 2015 feature), this is a dark fairytale where the origins of Santa and his elves is explored in almost a Grimm sort of way.

There’s also a self aware humour about the film as the characters attempting to unearth Santa from his icy grave know how ludicrous their mission is. But once things start to get weird the group must band together to stop a Christmas no one will ever forget.

The snowy setting of Korvatunturi mountains (supposedly the ‘real’ home of Santa) makes for a character all by itself as you can almost feel the chill of the winds as the action gathers pace.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a #ChristmasChiller that’s well worth adding to your seasonal watch list.


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