Examining Sean Donohue’s Cannibal Claus (2016)

As part of our celebration of Christmas for the House of Tortured Souls I will be examining Cannibal Claus, a piece of seasonal fun that is everything the synopsis says and more! Basically Santa is a little bored this year and needs to get his “Jolly’s” . He’s looking for some fun , murderous escapades and a few “Ho Ho Ho’s” along the way.

Bob Glazier

Firstly I feel a desperate need to say that this Christmas film is DEFINITELY not for the kiddies (or any prudeseither). Instead it is a literal 65 minute descent into sexually fuelled homicidal madness, with that sparkle of the holiday season. It is just the perfect fit for viewing, by any horror fan with a love for pure cheesy goodness. Early on we are introduced to our perverted but insatiable Nick Cringle and his

Krystal Pixie Adams, Bob Glazier, And Stephanie Jensen

escapades. He breaks into homes ,kills people, dismembers and eats them. In one particular scene Cringle (played by Indie horror gem Bob Glazier) proclaims “I think it’s time for some head”, before he then proceeds to face fuck the dismembered head of one particular blonde bimbo! Yes as the body parts begin to fly, viewers can see the amazing prosthetics and gore on screen . And it is such a thrill to watch. Even on it’s meager $1200 budget this blending of gore ,cheesy gags and of course sex sex sex is pure genius. From a drug dealer snorting cocaine off a girls ass, to women in barely anything I honestly didn’t find it at all sexist . Please remember it’s all just in good christmassy fun . Akin to Bruce Willis uttering “Yipee ki Yay motherfucker” in Die Hard, I felt myself lighten up and have a laugh throughout Cannibal Claus. Especially when Cringle said “Ho ho ho motherfucker!” Bob Glazier is a devious delight as our Nick Cringle, and is joined by an ensemble of actors and actresses . These are indie stars who clearly enjoy the Sleaze Box filmmaking world (like the sci fi film makers Asylum casts ). Glazier himself goes all

Mady Giovannelli And Lucia Giovannelli

out (quite literally in one scene) to impress us as the homicidal, people eating, holiday favourite. Glazier has two sexy elves in tow, played saucily by Krystal Pixie Adams and Stephanie Jensen We also meet Nick’s character as a child, played by the adorable Lucio Giovannelli. And even his parents are being played by his actual real life parents Mady Giovannelli and Alberto Giovannelli. All three portray the family very genuinely through a series of shots, involving our murderous Santa’s upbringing. This makes the movie Bad Santa look tame and is definitely going to be a new addition to my beloved laughs during the silly season . This Santa surely is dreaming of a “white christmas” and with the films tagline “You’re only as good as you taste”, I doubt you cannot laugh as hard as I did watching some scenes. Florida based Writer/ Director Sean Donohue is known for his work on films like Death Scort, Death Scort 2, Die Die Delta Pi and various shorts.With Cannibal Claus he creates the perfect addition for the holiday season, to be enjoyed by fans of the independent horror world. This was my introduction to the wild world of Sleaze Box. And I found it to be a combination of repulsion and hilarity ( I kid you not I was wheezing, due to the fact I was laughing so hard!!) and now I must check out more in the future.


Posted by Michelle MIDI Peifer

Hailing from Sydney Australia and injecting a dose of Aussie Flavour to her reviews, Midi began her horror love in Birmingham England at a very young age and is always trying to find the next local or indie horror talent to share with the world.

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