Half the fun of being a genre fan is the discovery. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, an obscure movie you’ve never heard becomes a must see. AGFA has recently remastered a French Christmas horror flick and it looks like a doozy. Check out the trailer and press released below:

“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 now.

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 — “[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).

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.

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.”

Sign me up! Not sure if this will be playing near me, but I’m hoping there’s a home video release soon.