Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Short Shear Terror: Merry Bloody Christmas (2009)
If you've been visiting my little blog here for a while, you may notice that I've always mentioned that I'm the guy who wanted to see a decent animated slasher, and while more rarely than not, I do find my share of slasher-like animations that come in different art forms. Now, I welcome this little holiday horror featured at a Student Film Festival in Czech Republic as a treat for those looking for a different taste of hacking mayhem.
Merry Bloody Christmas is a short stop-motion story about a family of three celebrating a festive Christmas Eve together in a snowy night. Dad's putting up the tree, mum's roasting the turkey, the littlest is preparing cookies for Santa and the family dog is squeaking. But t'was the night before Christmas, and somewhere lurking around the house, a killer disguised as a Christmas Tree, ready for a game of Cat-and-mouse! One by one, the family fell victim to the maniacal slaughter, that is until one fought back, and a gory climax comes after!
While it isn't the family friendly cartoons you'll normally see in your usual Christmas Specials, the short's demented cheese will surely delight those with a taste for the weird, the wonderful and the creepy in tis' Festive Season. Running in a near twenty minutes, Merry Bloody Christmas is a disturbing and usually gory set of holiday nightmares that's bound to get into your skin, featuring puppets that may look rather dinky and a killer's get-up that can be too silly for some (he's dressed-up as a Christmas Tree to avoid being caught. Smart and original, yes, but a little silly), the story has it's traumatizing moments done with nasty kills, some bad taste funnies for the grimly inclined (who knew chainsaws would make a great Christmas present?) and a shocking ending that's really pretty good if not done a couple of times already.
It's a fun short and a twisted piece, if you like creepy animation, or just looking for something really different for your slasher kicks? Try find this bugger and have yourself a Merry Bloody Christmas.
1 dog decapitated
1 male had a hand lopped off, knife to the back
1 female axe to the head
1 male dismembered with chainsaw