Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Blu-Ray + DVD)
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Set in north Finland, the reindeer population is found dead by local herders . Maybe it has something to do with an American work crew excavating a nearby mountain. There is a disturbing legend about Santa in these parts. It seems that the jolly old fellow wasn't so jovial, but instead was quite evil. He was killed and buried in these hills according to lore and it seems that the Americans might be looking for the genuine Santa Claus. As with any good Christmas story, the protagonist is a spirited boy with a hard scrabble life. Spying on the dig, he can't believe what is discovered. But when strange and scary happenings start to consume the town, will he be able to make anyone understand the evil that has been unleashed? It's such a terrific premise, done with slow burn precision.Read more ›
What if Santa was real but rather than rewarding good kids he punished bad children? And what if he had been entombed in ice for a long time and his "elves" were in the process of helping him get out so he could bring terror back to the world. And what if the only good boy in the area knew about this legend and tried to stop it all but the adults ignore him?
Tension is eased up gradually not slammed in your face like clumsy American films I won't name. Things happen at a subtle level and that is one of the great strengths of this picture. Another strength is the setting and Finnish culture (people wearing their underwear out the snow, Santa Claus with horns per their legend of him, etc).
What are some of the weaknesses? The finale could have been better. It was somewhat good at best. Also, the flip flop between suspense style horror and dark comedy sometimes worked and other times fizzled or just didn't register. See spoilers below if you already watched this picture.
There's a fair amount of non sexual male nudity in this one so American prudes should steer clear.
This movie was on a limited budget (and is therefore graded on such a curve) and was based on two movie shorts by a Finnish company.
Thanks to the Skype of Cthulhu lads who told me about this picture.
STORY/PLOTTING/EDITING: B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; HORROR TENSION LEVEL: B plus to A minus; SOUND/MUSIC: B; CINEMATOGRAPHY: B to B plus; OVERALL GRADE: B plus; WHEN WATCHED: end of December 2012 (streamed) (watched twice).Read more ›
I'd been wanting to see this movie for over a year. IMDB had the trailers in late 2010, and I thought it would be in U.S. theaters for the holidays. It MAY have shown elsewhere in the country, but to my knowledge NEVER came to Saint Louis. So now it's the holiday season of 2011, and it's out on video. It's not quite what I thought it was going to be. There is a bit of a twist at the end (Santa is not always what you think!!!), and if you've seen the short movies which inspired it, this movie actually fit's in well with those. This movie is irreverent in the same way that "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians" was irreverent. You take an established icon (Santa) and do something outlandish with it to create a movie that people will be talking about for years to come. But don't get me wrong. It's NOT an American production, it's Finnish. So things that children can see over there without parental supervision have earned the movie an R rating in the U.S.. The primary focus of the movie spends most of it buck naked with his... north pole exposed to the arctic cold. And there is also some expletive laced language. But overall a great movie with an young hero who saves the day in the truest Spielberg-ian tradition. If you like off-the-wall stories, Rare Exports will not disappoint. CKB.
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Kind of sad and creepy. A bit psychological. With an interesting ending.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Different take on the Krampus tale. Disappointed that I didn't get to see the Krampus. Only got to see the horns sticking out of a block of ice at the very end.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
For me, this started off quite promising and just got ridiculous. I mean, why devote time to real-life, everyday concerns and then abruptly veer off into exaggerated silliness? Read morePublished 2 months ago by W Mianecke
Very satisfied with my purchase. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by Shookem (First impressions are lasting ones)
If you're expecting a Finnish version of Krampus, you'll likely be disappointed as this is a low budget film with not a lot of action. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James N Simpson
One of the best films I have seen in a long time. There is too much to potentially give away so I won't get into details, other than what is in the preview. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tobin B. Crenshaw
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