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Secret Santa: A HoTS Review

Secret Santa: A HoTS Review

The holidays may be over, but great horror is timeless.  Earlier this month, Adam Marcus released his latest film Secret Santa.  The movie has received rave reviews and has been featured at conventions for the fans to get a sneak peek. Co-written by Debra Sullivan, who also stars in the film, Secret Santa tells the story of a family getting together for Christmas.  Most of us know that getting several family members together for any holiday can be stressful.  Secret Santa makes us all live vicariously through members of this family.  I won’t be delivering spoilers with this, rather give you enough incentive to see this film for yourself.

Quick plot with no spoilers.  April and her boyfriend Ty list April’s mother Shari (played in a memorable performance by Debra Sullivan).  Shari, a very organized woman wants things done a certain way and does not tolerate anything less.  April’s sister Penny fills the role of outcast of the family.  This is key later.

Secret Santa by Adam MarcusDuring dinner, the family plays a game of Secret Santa.  A gift is given to a family member and they must all figure out who bought the gift. April and Penny’s father attends the dinner however, to the disappoint of Shari.  During the game an argument ensues, April has a dark secret about Penny and dear old dad attacks Uncle Carter.  From here, a good old fashioned slasher rears its head.  Who takes responsibility gets revealed in a very interesting string of events that makes this film work and work well.

Secret Santa by Adam MarcusThere is the plot.  Time for my thoughts.  This movie is a 5 star holiday instant classic.  There are original kills, laughs throughout the whole movie and the right amount of blood horror fans crave.  I laughed through the entire film.  The dialogue, creative.  Each character represents someone we all know.  Secret Santa delivers  great surprises and even when you believe you figure things out, a curveball comes at you.

Adam Marcus gives a tremendous gift to the fans with Secret Santa.  His writing and directing leave you wanting more and the movie flies by with little to no lull.  This movie is the best holiday horror film since 1984.  I absolutely loved it from start to finish.  I guess if I had one critique, it would be maybe a backstory or two on a couple of the characters.  Let me qualify that by saying that I am really reaching to find a critique.  Secret Santa is fun and will be the standard for what horror fans will watch during the holidays moving forward.  Everyone involved with this movie deserves a round of applause.

Overall Grade: A+


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Adam Marcus To Host A Double Feature At Horror Hound

Adam Marcus To Host A Double Feature At Horror Hound

Horror fans attending Horror Hound Weekend this Friday in Indianapolis are in for a treat. Screenwriter and director Adam Marcus, who sent Jason to Hell 25 years ago, will be hosting a double feature. Marcus and Kane Hodder will introduce the Director’s Cut of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. This version has been seen by some, but never on the big screen in the US. Adam Marcus gives us a preview of what to expect this Friday night.

Adam Marcus

Jason Goes to Hell will be seen on the big screen in the cut that was only shown overseas in its initial release. This is the cut that Dean Lorey and I did the commentary on when the DVD was released. It’s the unrated version that existed before the MPAA neutered it. The gore is intact. Kane Hodder and I will be there to intro the film and Q & A with the fans! I’m so freakin’ excited to show this cut of the film, especially with the greatest actor to wear the mantle of Jason, Kane Hodder!!! Come on now!

Jason Goes To Hell

Many fans in the United States have not seen this version, however, and for 25 years have been screaming for it. Fans will have the opportunity to truly see Marcus’ vision and maybe discover a new favorite version of a kill by the iconic slasher. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday screens at 7:00 this Friday night.

As if that weren’t enough, immediately following Jason Goes To Hell, Marcus will screen a second film. The film is Secret Santa and is the latest film from Adam Marcus. Marcus explains what the fans can expect with his holiday horror film.

Adam MarcusAs far as Secret Santa is concerned, here’s what horror fanatics can expect… “This is the most outrageous, offensive, in your face Christmas Horror movie I could come up with. It’s a horromedy that, trust me, does not skimp on the red stuff and will have you talking long after the lights come up. I will be there with a couple of the brilliant, gorgeous ladies from the cast. It’s going to be an amazing night with something to offend everyone… and that’s my gift to you! Happy Horrordays, Everyone!

Adam Marcus

Fans have been anticipating an unrated version of Jason Goes To Hell, but Secret Santa is new and I’m looking forward to it. I, however, am a huge fan of holiday horror and from what Marcus is promising, this looks to be a pre-holiday treat. Secret Santa will immediately follow Jason Goes To Hell. Marcus will introduce it at about 9:00. Fans are still able to purchase tickets to Horror Hound on their Horror Hound. They need to hurry, however, as the show kicks off on Friday night.

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