Red Christmas

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Red Christmas
Red Christmas poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byCraig Anderson
Produced byCraig Anderson
Belinda King
Bryan Moses
Dee Wallace
Written byCraig Anderson
StarringDee Wallace
Geoff Morrell
David Collins
Music byHelen Grimley
CinematographyDouglas James Burgdorff
Red Christmas
Distributed byUmbrella Entertainment
Artsploitation Films
Release date
  • June 17, 2016 (2016-06-17) (Sydney)
Running time
82 minutes

Red Christmas is a 2016 Australian horror film written, directed, and produced by Craig Anderson.[1]


A family gather in Australia for Christmas. Amidst the celebrations, a mysterious, cloaked stranger, "Cletus" arrives at the home and is taken in. Due to his strange behaviour, he is eventually forced to leave. It is eventually revealed that 20 years ago, the matriarch of the family, Diane, travelled north to have an abortion. During the procedure a religious zealot bombed the clinic. Unbeknownst to Diane, her child, Cletus survived the procedure and has returned to the family home to violently exact revenge.



On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 47% based on 17 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 5.4/10.[2] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

Eddie Cockrell from Variety called it, "An energetic, candy-colored romp through genre tropes that manages to take its subject matter seriously while poking fun at itself at the same time."[4] Noel Murray from Los Angeles Times wrote in his review on the film, "Red Christmas doesn't have any specific political point of view; it's fraught with contradictions, and should make anyone squeamish. Mostly, it's a tightly constructed, unapologetically nasty little thriller, given depth and weight by Wallace's interpretation of a sweet woman suffering for her past."[5] John DeFore called the film "Gory and offensive, but lacking in the scare department.". DeFore criticized the film's pacing, and lack of humor.[6]


  1. ^ "'Red Christmas': Visionary Director Craig Anderson Discusses His Winter Horror". Movie Pilot. August 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "Red Christmas (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Flixer. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Red Christmas Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ Cockrell, Eddie. "'Red Christmas' Review: Ozploitation Tackles the Abortion Issue – Variety". Eddie Cockrell. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ Murray, Noel. "Dee Wallace stands out in Australian horror film 'Red Christmas'". LA Noel Murray. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ DeFore, John. "'Red Christmas' Review". Hollywood John DeFore. Retrieved 6 July 2018.

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