Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Merry CrimesMas: Eric Beetner on Secret Santa
written by Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan
Full disclosure: I’ve known Adam Marcus since I was a freshman in high school and we did theater together. It was through Adam and our fellow actors that we both chose a life in the filmmaking arts, along with many of our classmates who continue to make a career from the business.
One of the things Adam and I bonded over early was a love of horror films and this being the 80s, we were surrounded by a second golden age. Gone were the movie monsters of the Universal era, and in were the slasher films, George Romero zombie films, the Italian giallo style, the freaky independent body horror of David Cronenberg. We ate it all up.
Secret Santa would have blended in perfectly during the mid 80s, and I for sure would have had the poster on my wall.
It’s violent, profane, and hilarious while also working as a very effective horror film. The cast starts out with about a dozen people, but you know only a few - if any - will survive the night.
Adam and Debra have written a fast and furious antidote to all that family togetherness of the holidays. You’ll either see some of your own family’s worst traits on screen, or you’ll wish your family could be eviscerated and bloodied in the same way. But Secret Santa is just the gift you’ve been waiting for if you miss when horror movies were fun and scary.
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