I feel like I’ve mentioned that I like horror movies, and foreign ones are fantastic. My favorite is probably Suspiria, but I’m always up for one. Thanks to Netflix, I caught Saint Nick, a Dutch Christmas themed horror originally titled Sint.
I love learning about other cultures, and part of the joy from this is seeing how the Dutch celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, which is apparently a European holiday around Santa Claus’ birthday, which is in the beginning of December. Through the movie, I learned that high school (I assume) students give gifts to each other in class after reading funny cards, and many of the gifts are sex toys. And instead of elves, Santa has black people. I guess that’s not racist. So apparently the Dutch dress up like Santa on Saint Nicholas Day, but other people put on old timey black face as Black Peter (yep, that part’s definitely racist) and they give gifts on December 5th or 6th. The plot of this movie is every time there’s a full moon on Saint Nicholas Day, then Evil Santa murders tons of people, and the government covers it up. Note that there’s a comedic element here, so it’s less cheesy than it reads.
Cons: I can’t really think of much. There was some stilted dialogue, but that’s to be expected with translations. Usually I see several aspects I’d change, but I really didn’t here.
Pros: The film looks glossy, there are funny moments, and the evil Santa actually works. I went in thinking it would be horrible, but it’s well handled. And I jumped once! I can’t think of the last time I jumped from a jump scare. The sub-plot with the government pays off, and I think it’s a fun movie.
Overall: I’m going with 3.75 out of 5 stars. Fun horror movie with a few scares that’ll teach American viewers a little about European Christmas. Check it out.
This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy viewing.