Beware Saint Nick, Slayer Of Children Everywhere.

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Beware Saint Nick, Slayer Of Children Everywhere.
Naughty? Nice? Ol' Saint Nick doesn't really care. He's going to kill you anyway.

Hitting theaters in the Netherlands this December, Dutch director Dick Maas - the man responsible for cult haunted elevator hit Lift back in the day - is putting a new spin on Saint Nicholas with Sint. Get ready for a full bore slasher film and a Nicholas considerably less jolly than you may be expecting.

Saint Nicholas is not the good-hearted children's friend as people think he is. In reality he is a cruel bloodthirsty bishop who, whenever there's a full moon on December 5, will try to slaughter as many children as possible.

The full trailer for the picture - including English subtitles - has just arrived and you can check it out below.
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Ard VijnSeptember 24, 2010 5:22 AM

Rest assured I'll be watching this and give a review when it appears.

Also know that the legend as portrayed here is made up by Dick Maas as a rebellious joke. View this in the same category as all "Santa is evil" horror films, although those may have a point if you look at the old Yules...
Kids all over The Netherlands love Saint Nicholas and celebrating the evening of the 5th December is still more popular than Christmas Eve over here. We tell our children he really exists and badmouthing him (or saying he's been dead for a couple of centuries already) is considered extremely bad form when small kids are present. We don't have a single bad story about him, full moon or not.
Seeing a bad "Sint" (as he is lovingly called) is therefore deliciously subversive.

Having said this, some of the "shock shots" in the trailer look veeeeery similar to the ones from "The Lift" and "Amsterdamned". Whether that's authorship on Dick Maas' part or a lack of versatility remains to be seen.

But this looks like that rarest of things: a Dutch event movie!
An honest-to-God gottasee (if you're old enough), just like Dick's films from twenty years ago!