We started off the #ChristmasChillers season with two very different Christmas themed horror films.
Here we give our breakdown of 90’s slasher Jack Frost and Dutch splatterfest Saint.
Jack Frost (1997)
Not to be confused with the ‘other’ 90’s Jack Frost film where Michael Keaton comes back as a Snowman with considerably less bloodlust; this is pulp 90’s slasher fun.
When a serial killer being transferred for his execution is involved in an accident which melts his body; he becomes a living manifestation of a snowman.
Able to transform and melt under doors, Jack Frost proves a chilly customer as he aims for revenge against the town Sheriff who helped to capture him.
Right from the get-go it’s clear that we’re not to take this film too seriously, but once Jack Frost clicks into gear it’s a full on camp gore fest.
Frost crams as many Freddy Krueger-esque one liners into the last 45 minutes as he can. The 90’s wasn’t an amazing decade for slashers (the post Scream boom apart), so Jack Frost is certainly one of its highlights.
A few years before the Krampus boom of horror films, Dutch horror Saint aimed to give jolly old St. Nicholas a fresh spin as a vengeful priest who shows up on the 5th December every time there’s a full moon in Amsterdam to punish the town.
This has an air of John Carpenter’s The Fog about it, as Saint Nic has a band of not so merry helpers who pretty much resemble the pirates who terrorised Antonio Bay.
Although there is a rich sense of creating a unique mythology behind the character, everything is played quite loose and Saint is lighthearted and full of practical gore.
We mainly focus on the local horny teens of the town and a slightly crazy town cop who believes in the urban legend of Saint Nicholas and sets about trying to stop the bloodshed.
Helped by the beautiful architecture of Amsterdam, Saint is certainly helped by filming on location and really feels like a Christmas film but from the Dutch perspective.
Although the finale doesn’t fully round off the promising plot, Saint is definitely worth a watch if you’re sick of the poor Krampus imitations this Christmas.