Think about what you do to celebrate the holidays. You probably spend them with your loved ones, exchanging gifts and eating food till you feel like you could burst. Now, imagine that you are homeless, but you feel blessed because you found a warm place to stay and food to eat. Let’s say you have even managed to muster some goodwill and are enjoying the company of other people in the same situation. Suddenly, a trio of demented and disturbed Santa’s break into your warm, safe abode and start killing everyone in sight. That would probably put a damper on your holiday spirit. Unfortunately for the characters in this movie, that’s exactly what happens to the characters in Good Tidings.
Good Tidings is the latest film from the UK based Two Headed Snake Entertainment and was directed by Stuart W. Bedford. The script was co-written by Bedford, Giovanni Gentile and Stu Jopia. Good Tidings stars Alan Mulhall, Alexander Mounsey, Colin Murtagh, Claire Crossland, Garry McMahon, Julia Walsh and Marcella Hazell and tells the story of a large group of homeless folk who have holed up in an abandoned courthouse for the winter. While trying to celebrate the holidays, they are interrupted by a trio of Santa’s armed with axes, bats, and machetes who proceed to kill them indiscriminately.
Right from the beginning, these Santas show that they are not ones to be fucked with. They knock out an innocent Santa Claus, decapitate him and steal his Santa outfit. This film isn’t a total gorefest but it does feature several gory and violent moments such as decapitations, axes to the neck, stabbings, scissors to the eye, several candy cane stabbings, pipes through the head, someone being ran through with a machete and a couple of broken necks. The effects are very well done. The music is highly influenced by the likes of John Carpenter and Goblin and sets the mood for the film almost perfectly.
The leads in this movie all turned in great performances. Alan Mulhall as Sam Baker, a military veteran gone AWOL, was intense, fighting Santas with almost nothing and never giving up, even after getting his ass handed to him a couple of times.
Claire Crossland stole the show as the recovering drug addict Roxy Muller. She alternates flawlessly from sweet to manipulative to becoming an all-around fucking badass in the film’s final act. Make no mistake, she is going to mess with their heads and turn them against each other. She’ll kill them or die trying. The killer Santas are unnerving as hell with their near-constant laughter or humming of Christmas carols.
Good Tidings is a thoroughly enjoyable and kick ass siege/slasher flick. The villains are brutal and sadistic and the heroes are likable. It kept me on on the edge of my seat, never knowing who, when or how anyone was going to die and that’s a huge plus. If you like Killer Santas, likable heroes, brutal kills and badass scores, I highly recommend Good Tidings.