With 2015 closing it’s doors, so closes the doors to the Christmas and holiday Season. With the new year will come several wonderful new short films and features, as well as the occasional video game, comic book, and so on. Right now we would like to share one more fun Christmas horror short written by Richard Standen. Starring Oscar Malcolm as the young boy and Tom Stanley as Santa, director Chris Thomas tells the story of a young boy who is waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. What he finds is more than he bargains for. Be sure to watch the short before reading on or else we will spoil everything.
This little boy waiting for Santa to come has always been something young children do. With the advance in technology, he can now watch his living room from the comfort of his own bedroom. It’s about 3 AM when he finally hears footsteps on the roof. Excitement for the jolly present giver fades immediately after watching Santa eat the house’s cat.
The reveal of Santa’s face is not only terrifying, but the choice of his makeup is actually quite interesting. At first glance he appears to be a mummified corpse. But on closer inspection he almost appears to resemble a more sinister Grinch. It’s almost as though that is not Santa at all. Santa is jolly, fat, and bearded. He eats his cookies, drinks his milk and is on his way. In this case, Santa is neither fat nor jolly, and he doesn’t eat anything but the poor cat. So this begs the question; what happened to the real Santa Claus? This evil Santa is reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas when Jack Skelington tries his hand at his own Christmas. Imagine if Jack had created an evil Grinch-like mummy to spread Christmas “cheer”. So then where does that put the end credit scene where the boy is being dragged away? Well he’s more than likely being taken to Oogie Boogie, right?