A serious take on the Home Alone setup from Canada, starring the guy that ate Michael Ironside. While the twist is fairly obvious early it doesn't really matter because it's the ingenuity of the kid as he seeks to survive that makes this entertaining. Nicely violent and realistic you can believe the decisions he makes which puts some real stakes on the proceedings. While not specifically set at Christmas, it is the dead of Candian winter and it's a Home Alone setup, so I think you can mark it as appropriate holiday fare.
"Did you think I was just looking for some alcoholic slut with more mommy and daddy issues than Lizzy Borden?"
To say this Robert Kutzman produced holiday snapshot into one affluent family's Christmas meal is mean-spirited doesn't quite sum up the venomous vitriol sprayed by these characters. It's fucking dark man. It also suffers from a lack of resources and looks like it was shot in 3 days. Still, I enjoyed it despite those hurdles because of the way the…
I agree with most other reviewers in that this movie is a bit of revelation. Movies that people typically like in this class of DIY filmaking like Sledgehammer and Boarding House look like a pile of wet steamy dog shit in comparison to this masterpiece.
Cohesive narrtive, convincing gore, real stakes, impending dread, assured editing, good coverage, appropriate level of 80s nudity, professional sounding score. Amazing, it's the Primer of 80s 16mm horror.