Sunday, May 25, 2014

Movie Review: Rare Exports

Rare Exports
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Per Christian Ellefsem, Tommi Korpela, Rauno Juvonen, Ilmari Järvenpää, Peeter Jacobi. Jonathan Hutchkins, Risto Salmi
Cinet, Pomor Film. Finland, 2010
 A mining expeditions finds an ancient grave from Lappland. Soon local butcher Rauno and his son Pietari find their herd of reindeers killed. Pietari fears that the culprit is the mythical monster: Santa Claus. After a weird disappearance of local kids, radiators and potato sacks Rauno and his friends Aimo & Piiparinen capture a weird geezer. They try to sell the geezer to the mining company as Santa Claus, but the creature is revealed to be an elf. 
This is not the Santa Claus you know.
This is an exciting alternative Christmas horror comedy for mature audiences. Towards the end there are some deadpan christmas themed one-liners that fit the context of the film perfectly.
The fearless Santa hunters.
In the DVD extras there are also original short film "Rare Exports Inc." (2003) that reveals how the feral Santa Clauses are hunted and tamed and trained to be the final product. There is also short film "Rare Exports - The Original Safety Instructions (2005)" that tells the gory consequences of neglecting the safety instructions handling the Father Christmas- product.
Taming the Santa
Rating:  Very good

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