Take a moment to think about Santa Claus. Chances are that you’re thinking of a jolly, fat white dude with a big beard and red tights, being hauled around by 12 overworked, miraculous reindeer, hurling through the night from house to house to deliver magical consumerism to the masses. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Unless you are Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander. His idea for Santa, steeped in some folklore, is far more dangerous, violent and worth burying underneath a mountain if you have such resources. It was a vision come to life in his film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, perhaps one of the most brilliant yuletide ho-ho-horror movies since the original St. Nick was putting coins in the shoes of unsuspecting children.

And if that description wasn’t enough, we’ve also got some exclusive original artwork created for the film. I’ve included it as large as our layout will allow, so as to maximize the creep factor.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is currently on DVD and Blu-ray in the US. It comes highly recommended by both Rob Hunter (in This Week in DVD), yours truly (in This Week in Blu-ray) and Cole Abaius (who reviewed it at Fantastic Fest 2010). Those three stars almost never align unless it’s due to a very special movie. This is such a film.

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