Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

2010, Other/Adventure, 1h 24m

106 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror. Read critic reviews

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A young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his friend Juuso (Ilmari Järvenpää) think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, this a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend. When Pietari's father (Jorma Tommila) captures a feral old man (Peeter Jakobi) in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing.

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  • Dec 07, 2020
    What if evil Santa was buried thousands of years ago in the ice and was then dug up in Finland? Wait -- does that mean John Carpenter's The Thing is Santa? Nope -- wrong pole. I do foresee a crossover with Troll Hunters though: Trolls vs. Santa.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2019
    This movie wasn't really what I expected it to be. If you're anticipating something on the level of Krampus or other American Christmas horror entries, it's not really that. It is definitely a darker take on Christmas, but it does so with a much cheekier edge. It's a slow-burn movie, more character driven, and based on ideas and storytelling moreso than outlandish imagery and effects. That said, there's some pretty insane stuff near the end, but a lot of this movie is the characters learning the legend and figuring out what's going on for themselves. For that, it still works for me. I enjoyed the characters, and even though I knew what they were going to discover how they discovered it was still fun to watch. It's a weird little film.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2018
    I love the idea of looking at the darker aspects of the Santa myth, but the movie just never fully realizes its potential.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2014
    Completely loopy Scandinavian riff on the Santa Claus legend told as a foreboding ghost story! He originally wasn't the rosy-cheeked character he's become for today's commercial marketplace you see, the historic Santa was vicious and posed a particular threat to naughty children. When a wealthy businessman locates the body of the first Santa literally buried under a mountain in Finland, the nearby villagers deal with the ramifications. Well acted and wholly original Christmas escapade never really experiences any flashpoints, preferring a muted and realistic (believe it or not!) approach leading to an inspired, pleasingly ridiculous ending.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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