Rare Exports (2010) – Review

In the coming of Christmas there is something particularly appealing to festive horror movies. Black Christmas, Silent Night, they all seem decent choices. But an alternative one can always be an intriguing idea.

This very thought is what fooled me into watching the Finnish horror movie Rare Exports. That and the fair rating on Imdb.

Rare Exports depicts the tale of Santa Claus. A demonic figure of the widely known one. An excavation team digs out the grave of the original, evil Santa who was buried under the snowy mountains. The legend has it, that the gigantic fairy tale character with the goat-like figure punished naughty children in the most hellish way imaginable.

After the discovery of his enormous tomb, his little helpers spread out on Christmas Day to snatch all the naughty children. Pietari, the 10-year-old main actor, leads the way towards salvation, with his manly father and his macho friends following the little guy’s orders. For it’s Pietari, who knows what it takes to destroy Santa and his naked, old – yet deadly – elves.

It certainly did have the potential to be a quite bloody and suspenseful horror movie. For one thing, the foreign language is something particularly attractive. Adding to that, the snowy cold mountains in the middle of NowhereLand set an alluring scenery, which could easily be the setting of real bloodshed horror that no one would ever know of. The “Coca Cola Santa is just a hoax” line is absolutely priceless.

Intense music, brute men making a living as butchers and the threat of wild animals are exciting elements that escalate the interest. All that combined with the presence of a Santa Claus demon, killing and spreading bloody terror on Christmas weave the web of an enjoyable horror film.

The director Jalmari Helander takes the whole Christmas Nightmare to another level. It only takes the following to destroy the devilish creature of Santa.

1. A ten-year-old

2. Gingerbread Cookies

3. Explosives

And you are good to go. It sounds funny. And it is.

For those of you who are craving for a good movie full of Christmas fright, stay clear of Rare Exports. For those who are brave enough to give this childish, fantasy movie a try, keep in mind that the ending could be irreversibly scarring as the most ridiculous ending a Christmas horror movie could possibly have. You’ve been warned by someone who was fooled.



4 Responses to “Rare Exports (2010) – Review”
  1. I really wish I liked this more… as you said, the locations and some of the (evil) characters were great, but it just never took its premise quite far enough in my opinion. Although the absurd ending definitely was a highlight!


    • maria kriva says:

      Oh I know, it seemed so promising in the beginning. I expected more from a demonic Santa Claus other than his quite harmless helpers! 🙂


  2. thycriticman says:

    I remember watching this a few years back. That image of demon Santa is still fresh in my mind. It was a silly, yet very entertaining. And the plot was original, which is always a plus.


    • maria kriva says:

      It was original I agree and the demon Santa was really creepy. I felt a bit misled though, I thought it was going to be a chilling horror movie. The ending was particularly funny! 😀


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