You better not cry.
It’s Christmas Eve and Tori just wants to get drunk and party, but when a robotic Santa Clause at a nearby toy store goes haywire and begins a rampant killing spree through her small town, she’s forced into a battle for survival.
Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022)
Release Date: Dec 9, 2022 (United States)
Stars: Riley Dandy, Sam Delich, Jonah Ray, Dora Madison
Subtitle Language: English
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In “Christmas Bloody Christmas,” the military-industrial complex has created a killer robot Santa. The movie begins with a series of fake TV ads for Christmas-themed promotions and events, and it’s clear that something is going to go wrong with the RoboSanta+. The story follows disenchanted record store owner Tori Tooms as she fights against the evil robot Santa.
Unfortunately, the movie fails to improve once the deadly elf shows up. The action and kill scenes are muddy-looking and the 16mm cameras used for most of the filming are not effective. The best parts of the movie are the early scenes between Tori and her employee, Robbie, where they have a believable and tedious edge to their conversations.
Overall, the movie struggles to make the characters’ seasonal disenchantment seem more real than the high-concept circumstances. The swear words, pop references, and counter-cultural poses that define Tori and Robbie’s relationship are perfunctory and do not add to the story. While the writer and director clearly have affection for the characters, it is not enough to save the movie.