Sunday, December 13, 2020

Christmas, Stirred and Disturbed: Mrs. Claus (2018)

Mrs. Claus (2018) (AKA "Stirring")
Rating: **
Starring: Brinke Stevens, Helene Udy, Kaylee Williams

After being humiliated by a prank during a sorority Christmas party, psychologically-troubled Angela knifed to death Amber, the sister responsible for the stunt, before offing herself with a noose. Ten years later, Dani, Amber's younger sister, joins the same sorority and lives at the same sorority house as her late sister's as a form of self therapy to get over the loss. This is proven difficult when some people around campus appear to blame Amber for her own demise for hazing and pranking a sensitive girl, which does little to help with Dani's uneasiness being there.

When she's tied into celebrating Christmas at the sorority house with the girls who decided to stay, Dani's more than happy to support and entertain in hopes it'll keep her and everybody's festive spirits up. That is until she starts getting threatening emails from someone calling themselves Mrs. Claus and, soon enough, people starts disappearing at the party.

Not a lot to say about this indie holiday nightmare save that it follows your classic late 80s/early 90s barebone slasher that's low on budget, but high on determination; it has your usual pitfalls of wooden deliveries and over-the-top acting, as well as pacing issues where characters are just lazing around talking about life dramas, weed, alcohol and podcasts for a dragging moment before our killer arrives to break the drawling momentum and awkward writing. The killer, unfortunately, also fails to be anything interesting appearance or personality-wise; their get-up basically looks like a dollar store ghoul mask over someone in a female Santa costume and, once unmasked, their motivation isn't anything new. From what I can tell, we got about twenty or so other slashers titles out there that share the same motive and despite this movie's attempts to shake this familiar footing a bit, the end result is a set of multiple twists that are just confusing and kinda random. 

And yet, I can't completely turn down Mrs. Claus (2018) all the way; again, it has goal to make something out of itself and I can see that from the impressive splatter on the gore and blood effects. The story's easily digestible enough with its okay characters, including an extended cameo role from scream queen Brinke Stevens, and its hammy B-grade feel thanks to its budget. Apart from this, the film is just forgettable on my end of the stick, a harmless yet admirable title in its attempts to be entertaining, so much so that it's worthwhile a peek and nothing much else.

1 female knifed to death while choking on a shoved dildo
1 female hanged on a noose
1 female garroted with Christmas lights
1 female stabbed in the gut with a machete
1 male gets a decorative candy cane shoved into his mouth, throat cut with a machete
1 male and 1 female impaled with a decorative post
1 female decapitated with a sickle
1 male gets a decorative post through his head
1 female stabbed in the eye with a Christmas tree topper
1 female hacked on the head with a machete
1 female gets a rod shoved through her mouth, impaled
1 female presumably killed, implied at end credits (?)
Total: 13 (?)


  1. I donated to this.

    Never did get my perks, though. :/

    1. Well, considering how cheap it looks...

    2. Guess I'll see for myself... eventually!

      The same people have put together another, slightly more professional-looking slasher called Teacher Shortage.

    3. ...Any idea when that'll be out? Or is it already out?

    4. It allegedly had an online release of some sort a few months back; no idea on a physical one.

  2. It was reviewed a fair while back on the Hysteria Lives site so it definitely must be out in one form or another unless they were sent an advanced copy.