If you are sick of the sweetness and light idiotic Christmas comedies that flood the market with yuletide cheer, Paul Tanter’s latest, Once Upon a Time at Christmas, could be right up your street and fill you with fear.

For Tanter gives us a more horrific look at the big jolly man in the red suit in the trailer, as he teams up with his better half to terrorise the residents of upstate New York as he turns everyone’s Christmas dreams into a bloodthirsty nightmare.

Once Upon a Time at Christmas

Once Upon a Time at Christmas is the latest film from the team behind the White Collar Hooligan series, sci-fi The Last Scout and vampire TV series Age of the Living Dead. Laurel Brady, Susannah Mackay, Simon Phillips, Sayla de Goede, Brook Fletcher, Barry Kennedy, Jeff Ellenberger and Devon Mary Doherty star, with Paul Tanter directing. Lionsgate are distributing.

Director Paul Tanter said: “Santa Claus is coming to town to wreak havoc this Yuletide. Once Upon a Time at Christmas is a terrifying and chilling holiday horror that paints the snow red with blood.”

The film will be available from December 11th on iTunes/VOD in the UK and December 12th in the U.S. on DVD, VOD and iTunes.

The trailer and posters for the film can be viewed below.

Once Upon a Time at Christmas Official Synopsis

Couples that slay together; stay together!

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus: he’s a one-eyed fiend; she’s a curvy, bat-swinging blonde. This serial-killer couple is terrorizing the holidays in an upstate New York town with a series of horrific homicides. Though the victims seem random — a mall Santa, a smooching couple, an innocent family — high-schooler Jennifer and clever cop Sam begin to unravel the sinister pattern behind the slayings. Can they stop the murders before Christmas comes — and there’s no one left to celebrate?”

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