Dial Code Santa Claus is an irreverent horror comedy with a plot that is uncannily similar to Home Alone. The thing is, it came out before Home Alone and it’s even more violent and disturbing. So why have you never heard of it? Dial Code Santa Claus is a French film that never received distribution in America, depriving us Yanks of a potentially twisted holiday classic.
Dial Code Santa Claus was re-discovered and re-released earlier this year; it ran at Fantastic Fest under the title Deadly Games (the film is also sometimes known as Game Over). It was such a hit that, now, the folks at The Alamo Drafthouse are taking the film on a tour of sorts for the holiday season. It’s already screened in Denver, Washington D.C., and Birmingham, but additional dates and locations are listed below.
12/19 (Egyptian – Los Angeles)
12/19 (Globe Cinema – Calgary)
12/19 (Boston Underground Film Festival – Boston)
12/19 & 12/23 (Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn – New York)
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)
1/9 (Winnipeg Film Group – Winnipeg)
1/19 (Jacob Burns Film Center – Pleasantville, NY)
You can check out the synopsis and trailer for Dial Code Santa Claus below.
Thomas, a resourceful child, is left alone with his fragile grandfather on Christmas Eve. When a killer dressed as Santa Claus breaks into their home, Thomas does whatever it takes to defend his home and grandfather.
Dial Code Santa Claus is written and directed by René Manzor; the film stars Brigitte Fossey, Louis Ducreux, and Patrick Floersheim.