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A Christmas Tale

DVD - 2011
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Young Pietari lives with his stern reindeer-herding father Rauno in arctic Finland. On the eve of Christmas, an enormous excavation at a nearby mountain disturbs the locals and captures Pietari's curiosity. When Rauno's reindeer herd is mysteriously slain and the children in town go missing, Pietari realizes that the dig has unearthed the evil Santa Claus of local lore, who no one wants coming to town.
Publisher: [United States] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, c2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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In this darkly comic gem, it's Christmas Eve in northern Finland, and an archeological dig has just unearthed Santa Claus. But this Santa isn't one you want coming to town. When local children begin disappearing, Pietari and his father capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to t... Read More »

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Dec 12, 2016

For those who enjoyed "Krampus," this is a great pick for you. A creepy tale that centers around the dark side (and it does get pretty dark) of Santa "folklore." A bit gruesome at times, probably not one for the kids... or for people who are opposed to elderly-elf, full-frontal nudity, of which there is an abundance.

Jul 13, 2015

Interesting Finnish tale with a great beginning and middle but sputters at the finish line. Wonderful mountain scenery. Suspenseful but not horrifying. I love their humor at poking fun at one of their beloved myths. Be sure to watch the extras when you finish.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc May 12, 2015

This film from Finland is easily the most bizarre Christmas tale you're likely to see. Not for the squeamish.

Dec 13, 2014

When an American research team discovers the tomb of the real Santa Claus buried deep beneath a mountain on the Russian-Finnish border they unleash a lot more than goodwill towards men. It seems the tomb is guarded by hordes of flabby naked pickax-wielding elves with a nose for gingerbread and an insatiable appetite for naughty children. Furthermore, the frozen (but quickly thawing) Spirit of Christmas himself turns out to be twenty feet tall and bears more of a resemblance to a horned demon than the jolly red-robed St. Nick in all the storybooks. With his friends disappearing and his nearby village in a state of siege, it falls down to plucky little 10-year old Pietari to not only save the day but devise a plan to put Father Christmas back where he belongs. With shades of Carpenter’s The Thing, a touch of Spielberg, and a big dollop of mordant Scandinavian wit, this delightful little holiday mood-killer is sure to make you laugh out loud even as you set a bear trap in the chimney. The cast of cute kids and hunky dads is perfectly matched while an army of wrinkled extras running through the snow wearing full beards and nothing else is eye-popping to say the least. The spare CGI effects are well done (a nighttime helicopter chase towards the end is breathtaking) but it is the film’s clever coda, from which it gets its title, that left me howling. This is one cinematic treat you’ll want to open before the 25th!

d2013 Jun 06, 2014

Original but kind of a creepy movie!

May 22, 2012

Very Original! Kudos to writer and director Jalmari Helander - he's someone to watch in world cinema!

Glencoe_Mike Nov 12, 2011

Slight but decent fun.


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Jul 13, 2015

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