Specifics
Germany [2019] - 145m
Genre
Horror
Directed by
Lazar Bodroza, B.J. Colangelo, John Cook Lynch, Steve De Roover, Ruggero Deodato, Sonia Escolano, Isaac Ezban, Florian Frerichs, Rémi Fréchette, Sadrac González-Perellón, Trent Haaga, Juergen Kling, Ama Lea, Sang-woo Lee, Andreas Marschall, Annika Marx, Pollyanna McIntosh, Lucky McKee, Bob Pipe, Julian Richards, Jason Rostovsky, Alyosha Saari, Dominic Saxl, R. Zachary Shildwachter, Milan Todorovic, Michael Varrati, Vivienne Vaughn, Sam Wineman
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Deathcember poster

Watches

November 22, 2020

3.5*/5.0*

Extensive seasonal horror anthology presented as an advent calendar. It's like the ABC's of Death, only with Christmas-themed shorts. It's a great way to start any movie run-up to Christmas, at least if you're into horror cinema (and all its genre relatives), as it's a lot less jolly than the usual Christmas fare.

24 shorts, about 5 minutes each, is quite a lot for an anthology, especially when you also count the two bonus shorts hidden away in the credits. It makes for a good 2.5 hours of cinema where every 5 minutes your mind needs a little reset. While I appreciate the high level of diversity, I think it would've been better if this had been 30 minutes shorter.

Otherwise, there's very little to complain about. There's always going to be shorts that stick out while others fade away in the background, but the broad international selection, the varied mix of styles, genres and topics (while all holiday-related of course) and the many inspired ideas really keep Deathcember interesting and entertaining. I hope they turn this into a yearly tradition.