DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS (1989) – 17th December, Bristol Improv Theatre

The French film that inspired Home Alone… but with added violence!

The poster for Deadly Games

Previously only available via VHS bootlegs, DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS (aka 3615 CODE PÈRE NOËL and DEADLY GAMES) is your new favorite holiday slayride.

DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS is a newly rediscovered holiday cult classic from France, previously available only via VHS bootlegs. The film actually pre-dated HOME ALONE, annihilating a generation of French kids weaned on action-packed Christmastime gems such as GREMLINS and DIE HARD. It disturbed critics and the moviegoing public with its uncompromising look beneath the surface of the beloved holiday. From there, the film went on to worldwide distribution… except for America, where it had yet to see an official release until last year.

The film had its North American Premiere this year at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX with director René Manzor in person, where it thrilled audiences and critics alike.

With the slick flair of a vintage MTV video, DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS blends holiday cheer with the audacious shock of a home-invasion thriller and 80s action classics like RAMBO. DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS is a big-time “audience movie”, with dark surprises every few minutes along the way. Its crisp visuals and spooky atmosphere are catnip to horror fans, and its inventive fist-pumping set pieces are brand-new favorites for connoisseurs of cat-and-mouse thrillers.

Made a year before HOME ALONE, the French-made DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS has almost the same plot — only filled with more style, bloodshed, and Rambo references.

Dial Code Santa

Thomas is a typical 1980s kid: he loves computers, role-playing games, and his dog. While mom is away at the office on Christmas Eve, Thomas and his grandfather are left home alone — perfect timing for a disgruntled, perverted, bloodthirsty Santa Claus to raid the home down the chimney. But Hell hath no fury like a mulleted ten-year-old with an arsenal of toys! Made a year before HOME ALONE, the French-made DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS has almost the same plot — only filled with more style, bloodshed, and Rambo references.

When: 8.00pm, Tuesday 17th December 2019

Location: Bristol Improv Theatre, 50 St Paul’s Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP, UK

Tickets: £5 (all profits going to Help Bristol’s Homeless)

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“Beautifully shot and crazed enough to keep you on your toes, this is a film that would have a bigger cult following if more viewers actually had the chance to see it.” — Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

“[Dial Code Santa Claus] plays like a blend of classic Amblin and a grindhouse nightmare. To say ‘this shit is nuts’ would be an understatement.” – Jacob Hall, Slash Film

“Genre film fans have an unexpected holiday treat coming their way.” – The Playlist