So, this is the third in my Christmas Wrestler Trilogy. After The Miz and Hulk Hogan, this time it is Mr 173-0 himself, Bill Goldberg, as a murderous Santa Claus.
And today it’s…
14th December, Day 45
Santa’s Slay (David Steiman, 2005)
A bickering family is slaughtered by a murderous, maniacal man in a red and white suit who comes down their chimney. He takes his hell-dear into the local town and starts picking off the inhabitants one by one.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Yuleson (Douglas Smith) is embarrassed by his kooky grandfather (Robert Gulp), who is an inventor who makes weapons and hides in an underground bunker every Christmas. When Nicholas’ girlfriend Mac (Lost’s Emilie de Ravin) comes round, they are show the Book of Klaus, which shows where this demon has come from… but why does Nicholas’ grandfather have this information? And what can Nicholas and Mac do to stop Santa?
See.. it’s Santa’s slay, like Santa’s sleight, geddit? Bill Goldberg playing a demon who loses a bet and ends up having to spread goodwill and cheer, thus creating the Santa character we all know and love – putting this brilliant spin on the usual Santa Claus story really made this stand out for me.
However, I thought that Jack Frost had a great premise and didn’t deliver on it, so Santa’s Slay needs more than just this. And boy does it deliver. Goldberg as a wrestler was a phenomenal performer in short blasts, who always struggled when put into longer matches. The film makers learned from this, and there are loads of short scenes that show this badass Santa at his very best.
My personal favourite? The scene where his sleigh is stuck behind a slow driver. But there are so many memorable kills in this film. Track it down and watch it. Otherwise, you might be next!
Overall, I give this
It’s the corny, over the top horror film that I wanted Jack Frost to be.
And that’s the end of my Christmas Wrestler Trilogy. Tomorrow it’s time for a romantic comedy with FOUR CHRISTMASES!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppets Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch
28th November, Day 29: Black Christmas
29th November, Day 30: Jingle All The Way
30th November, Day 31: Rare Exports
1st December, Day 32: Polar Express
2nd December, Day 33: A Christmas Story
3rd December, Day 34: Bad Santa
4th December, Day 35: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5th December, Day 36: Santa Claus: The Movie
6th December, Day 37: Krampus
7th December, Day 38: Christmas With The Kranks
8th December, Day 39: White Christmas
9th December, Day 40: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
10th December, Day 41: Christmas With The Coopers
11th December, Day 42: Fred Claus
12th December, Day 43: Santa’s Little Helper
13th December, Day 44: Santa With Muscles
14th December, Day 45: Santa’s Slay