French cult classic Dial Code Santa Claus gets U.S. theatrical run
Dial Code Santa Claus, a French Christmas/action/horror film, is getting its first-ever U.S. theatrical run thanks to the American Film Genre Archive and the Alamo Drafthouse. The 1989 cult classic pre-dates Home Alone, and features two kids who are forced to defend their home from a deranged killer in a Santa costume. You can check out the trailer in the post below!
The film disturbed both critics and the moviegoing public with its disturbing portrayal of the Christmas season. After becoming something of a sensation in France, the film went on to worldwide distribution. Except in America, where Dial Code Santa Claus was only available as a VHS bootleg.
The AFGA did a 2K restoration of the film, capturing its unique look of a vintage MTV video and blending holiday cheer with the shock of a home-invasion thriller. Filled with dark surprises every few minutes along the way, Dial Code Santa Claus’s crisp visuals and spooky atmosphere are sure to be a hit for those who are partial to non-traditional Christmas movies like Gremlins and Die Hard.
The screenings for Dial Code Santa Claus are as follows:
12/17: Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake, Denver CO
12/17: AFI Silver, Washington D.C.
12/18: Sidewalk Film Fest, Birmingham, AL
12/19: Egyptian, Los Angeles, CA
12/19: Globe Cinema, Calgary
12/19: Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, MA
12/19, 12/23: Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn, NY
12/20: Royal Cinema, Toronto
12/21: Alamo Drafthouse, Raleigh, NC
12/22: Suns Cinema, Washington D.C.
12/23: Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA
12/24: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Austin, TX
1/9: Winnipeg Film Group, Winnipeg
1/19: Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY