Yesterday, we completed our 13 Days of Christmas series of reviews. Working through the many homicidal holiday icons was lots of fun (though occasionally challenging). I’m happy to say the fun isn’t over yet. Although we were sadly unable to obtain Saint Nick in time for the holidays, friend of the blog and new guest contributor, Scott Cole, has the full report. Bonus review! Christmas is saved!
Scott Cole: There’s a quote on the back of the Saint Nick DVD that refers to the film as a horror-comedy, but that’s not really the case. While it does have a handful of comedic lines and moments, Saint Nick (or Sint, meaning “saint”, as the film is known in its native land) is a straight-up Dutch slasher film, and a festive one at that.
It seems our titular character was a cruel 15th century bishop, who, along with a pirate mob, was fond of pillaging and murdering whomever they came across. Eventually, however, they encounter a group of townspeople unwilling to put up with the abuse. The villagers fight back, killing the bishop and his cohorts in fiery Freddy Krueger fashion.
Since then, whenever a full moon happens to land on the night of December 5th, the undead Sinterklaas and his merry band of “Black Pete” minions return to Amsterdam, to punish children and slaughter those who stand in their way.
It’s a simple premise, and ultimately a simple film. There’s really not much more to it, though there probably could have been. Still, the ride is fun, even if there are moments reminiscent of other, more classic films, such as Halloween and The Fog (intentional or not).
There’s plenty of action, including a wonderful chase scene involving police cars on the street following our villain, as he rides his trusty horse from rooftop to rooftop. And, of course, there are a good number of gore gimmicks, to keep the screen filled with jolly red splatter.
Is this an incredibly original film? No. Has the evil Santa thing been done before? Of course. But Saint Nick, even with its faults, is definitely a fun watch, and during the holiday season, what more could you possibly need?