20 years before Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs) became a well-established cult-horror writer, director and producer, the 21-year-old New York University film student produced this winner of the Fangoria Short Film Search Award.
A Christmas Treat delivers that warm, fuzzy, nostalgic feeling leading up to the climax, from Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” to the vintage film look of the short. If you were born in the 1980s, you’d think you were watching an old Coca-Cola commercial. Of course, that’s not the type of “can” old “Santa Claws” opens in this short film.
But whatever feelings the first three minutes resonates in its viewers, the final 45 seconds are comparable to the darkest and most disturbing scenes in any film… And 30 years later, A Christmas Treat is still effective.
~ Matthew McPhee
Tim Sullivan was even courteous enough to upload the entire short film to his YouTube channel: