It’s that special time of year again. Carolers are singing Yuletide songs under lighted trees, parents are passing down the traditional trimming of the tree responsibilities to their young ones, stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and if you’ve been bad all year long, Santa kicks your door in and duels out punishment in the form of a 12 gauge shotgun blast to the chest.
That’s right, boys and girls, with the world experiencing a current coal shortage, Santa needs to send a stronger message, before the nice and the naughty list blend into one indistinguishable role call, and the world descends into madness. Like Taxi Driver played out through an over-the-top ’80s exploitation flick, this short film from up and coming director Dan Fisk shows Santa attending to the scoundrels on his naughty list with a Travis Bickle type of mentality, ridding the world of the evil doers (and random pizza delivery boys) that crowd the wreath-covered streets, so that Christmas can thrive once again in its purest possible form.
He may have hopped onto his sleigh with the intention of creating a safer space for all to have a good night, but that doesn’t mean that Father Christmas is going to limit his fun to milk and cookies. After all, the man in red spends a whole year prepping to bring joy to billions of children all over the world. He deserves a little hot tub time fun with bikini-clad ladies, especially after he’s exhausted himself by carrying so many bodies to the nearest dumpster. Christmas is a tough gig, and there’s only one man resilient enough to take out the troublemakers and still be home in time to enjoy Mrs. Claus’ cooking. His name is Saint Nicholas, and this Christmas, you better watch out, or you might just wind up on his naughty list.
Written and directed by Dan Fisk, Shotgun Santa: Holiday Justice features a few cameos that horror fans might recognize off the bat; the most obvious one being Josh Ethier (Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye) in the role he was born to play: a pissed off Santa Claus giving bratty children a good spanking. Another notable face is Keir Gilchrist, an actor who people might recognize as Paul, the boy with puppy dog eyes who lusts after the seemingly perfect teenage dream Jay, in the critically acclaimed 2015 hit It Follows. Alice Macdonald, a.k.a. Alice from Eric England’s body horror thriller Contracted, also makes an appearance, as an enthusiastic hot tub patron who happily shares a seat with Santa himself.
Check out this hilarious little short here, or watch it over on FunSizeHorror.com, just in time for the holiday season.