Dick Maas’ yuletide slasher Sint (review here) stirred up quite a bit of controversy when it was released in its home country, the Netherlands. Just looking at the DVD artwork with the new Americanized title, I fully expect to hear about some angry American parents after they mistakenly pick this one up for their kiddies.
IFC Films gave Sint a very limited theatrical and VOD release in the US recently. The DVD being distributed by MPI will arrive on DVD shelves just a few days prior to Christmas on December 20th under the new title Saint Nick.
As you can see from the American DVD artwork, it doesn’t fully spell out for viewers that this is a violent slasher movie about a psychopathic bishop who returns from the netherworld every December 5th when there’s a full moon to hack and slash and send his black-faced minions, the Black Petes, to abduct little kids.
If you’ve read my review, you know I already recommend Sint or Saint Nick or whatever they want to call it to anyone looking for a jubilant holiday horror flick.
December 20th: mark you advent calendars accordingly.
St. Niklas, a bishop fallen out of grace, travels in the Middle Ages with his gang of robbers and thieves through the countryside, raping, plundering and killing. When villagers take the law into their own hands and murder the bloodthirsty bishop and his thugs by setting the ship on which they travel ablaze, Niklas vows revenge. Now every time there is a full moon on December 5th, the date that he died, something that on average takes place every 36 years, St. Niklas and his helpers will rise from the dead and take revenge in a horrible way.
Full of creative yuletide horror, Sint is a fun chiller that follows local teen Frank as he sets out on a bloody, high-energy battle to save Amsterdam from the wrathful “Sinterklaas” and his minions. It’s written and directed by Dick Maas and stars Huub Stapel, Egbert-Jan Weeber, Caro Lenssen, Bert Luppes, and Escha Tanihatu.
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