Christmas Slay – UK, 2015

”Tis the season to be dead’

Christmas Slay is a 2015 British horror feature film written and directed by Steve Davis (Outbreak of the Dead; The Screaming Woods; Christmas Presence). The Invicta Pictures-Kent Independent Film production stars Jessica Ann Binner, Frank Jakeman, Dani Thompson and Charley McDougall.

Plot:

On a wintry Christmas Eve in the picturesque Kentish countryside, a loving family is horrifically murdered and a Santa Claus obsessed bloodthirsty killer is captured.

The following year, a group of college girlfriends decide to get away from it all and relax and party over the Christmas holiday. They decide to escape to the idyllic Mistletoe Lodge nestled within the beautiful snowy mountains of the Scottish Highlands, what starts off as the perfect festive getaway of fun in the snow and a glass of eggnog or two, suddenly descends into a gruesome bloodbath of terror and a fight for survival…

Reviews:

“The actresses seem to have been picked for their looks rather than talent because some of them are incredibly wooden, although at least Dani Thompson looks like a proper scream queen. Eventually the psycho Santa shows up and there’s some really cheesy gore bits, although they forgot to dub in wound noises so the deaths are oddly silent.” Leofwine_draca

“The slasher ideals are all there, but most of the film is just cleavage-leaning ladies in short-pajama-shorts and tank tops chatting about – then some slashing at the end for good measure. Egregious sound design, fine enough action, but the horror aspects that matter are all fairly hackish.” Matt Donato, Letterboxd

“The film features that fun staple of slashers, a gory prologue, and like its genre brethren, there’s nice eye candy and the performances are all over the map (though Frank Jakeman cuts an imposing figure as the sadistic Saint Nick).” Really Awful Movies

” …the only difference from our other cinematic tortures is the ineptness comes at us with charming British accents […] You have to wonder what writer-director Steve Davis has going on in that (egg)noggin of his. Stalk-and-slash movies don’t require the highest level of brain function, but some basic logic does apply.” Video Junkie

Cast and characters:

  • Dani Thompson … Beccy – Devil in the WoodsHarvest of the Dead: Halloween Night; Cute Little Buggers; My Bloody Banjo; Serial Kaller; et al
  • Paul Terry … Detective Sergeant Holden
  • Laura Ellen Wilson … Chloe (as Lolliella Wilson)
  • Lydia Kay … Sarah
  • Martin W. Payne … Doctor Jones
  • Steve Davis … Ryan
  • Frank Jakeman … Simon Carter / Santa – Shed of the Dead
  • Jessica Ann Brownlie … Emma (as Jessica Ann Bonner)
  • Gary J.J. Spate … Caretaker (as Gary Spate)
  • Antony D. Lane … Pyjama Patient
  • Natalie Bailey-Trist … Nurse Temple
  • Charley McDougall … John
  • Tony Burden … PC Bob
  • Hannah Brown … Sergeant Katie Holmes
  • Matt Collins … Edward Williams
  • Dominic Pillai … Radio News Broadcaster (voice)
  • Sadie Ingoldby … Police Dispatch (voice)
  • Tony Mole … PC James
  • Danny Allen … Backpacker
  • Chris Kennedy … Evil Asylum Guard
  • Kerrie Bridger … Maria Williams
  • India Rand … Rosie Williams
  • Stuart Lawson … Paul

Filming locations:

Borovetz, Bulgaria
Kent, England

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