When people think of Christmas movies they almost always think of American ones, and that’s even true when it comes to Christmas horror movies. Foreign Christmas movies don’t seem to be on most people’s minds. There is however a Christmas horror movie from Finland that sadly flew under the radar upon release in 2010. That movie is none other than “Rare Exports” and it is a wonderfully fun, intriguing and dark Christmas movie with the feel of a Amblin Movie.
On Christmas Eve in Finland the real Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after children start disappearing, which leads a boy and his father to capture Santa. With the help of fellow hunters they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there are Santa’s elves, who are determined to free their leader.
The plot is nutty yet entirely intriguing, and believe me the film will have you hooked right from the get go. Not only is the story strong but it is also a fun, dark horror film that doesn’t rely on violence and sex. Actually it’s very much a coming of age tale and has a sense of adventure very similar to the Amblin films of the 80’s. If you have kids this is a great one to watch with them, just make sure they no longer believe in Santa before you show it to them.
If you want to discover a foreign Christmas Movie that will blow you away than seek out “Rare Export,” the movie Roger Ebert called “an original, daring, carefully crafted film.
-James J. Coker