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Review: ’13 Slays Till X-Mas’ Features Enough Blood to Fill Even the Biggest Christmas Stocking

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Review: '13 Slays Till X-Mas' Features Enough Blood to Fill Even the Biggest Christmas Stocking

Christmas is the perfect theme to base a horror movie around. It provides a setting to tap into childhood fears, subvert conventions and give audiences an antidote to all those sickly festive Hallmark movies. 13 Slays Till X-Mas uses an anthology format to showcase 12 short films and a wraparound story. Each one has its own distinct character, offering a good amount of variety. At the same time there is consistency between each vignette.

On Christmas Eve five people tell each other scary tales set during the holiday season. These range from bleak and foreboding to campy and gleefully bloody. The abundance of stories means that no matter what the tastes of horror fans are they will find one that appeals to them.

13 Slays Till X-Mas features a huge cast and each actor does a great job at selling their character for the short amount of screen time they have. Even the child actors pull off their roles brilliantly. The dialogue is sharp and funny throughout. There is also some impressive special effects including flesh eating reindeer puppets and a kill involving a beer bottle and a penis.

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There are plenty of visual easter eggs to look out for. This includes silly jokes as well as references to beloved horror films and directors. It is a good idea to watch the film more than once to spot them all.

13 Slays Till X-Mas has something for everyone. It features killer clowns, creepy elf on a shelf dolls, sentient Christmas trees and enough blood to fill even the biggest Christmas stocking. At the same time it deals with serious themes such as isolation, feeling homesick, suicide, grief and childhood trauma. The greatest strength of the film is its dark sense of humour.

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