Don't be Naughty or Else
Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his father Rauno (Jorma Tommila) live on a farm at the base of the Korvatunturi Mountains in Finland. But something strange has happened ever since an American lead research team started excavating at the top of the mountain and unearthed what they believe is a sacred burial chamber as reindeer are suddenly being killed and children are going missing. With Pietari's pleading Rauno goes to investigate only to discovers the researchers have unearthed the original Santa, not a giver to good kids but a punisher of naughty kids who needs stopping which Rauno and Pietari plan to do by capturing him.
Well as Christmas movies go "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" is one you won't want your young children to be watching come Christmas unless you want to give them some serious nightmares. But if you are one of those who want something different from their Christmas movies then look no further as "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" is a Christmas horror movie like no other I have seen and I am not just on about this being a Finnish movie as it is the content which will have you gripped.
Now I am not going to go in to a great amount of detail but mention "The Thing" as with this being in a snow covered land, isolated from civilization and the discovery of something buried it has some obvious similarities. Except rather than an alien being dug up we have the original Santa and a nasty Santa at that who punishes those who have been bad rather than rewarding those who have been good. It certainly gives it a horror element as we have this mean, shrivelled old man on the loose, terrorizing the locals, animals being slaughtered and so on.
But "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" is more than just this very alternate idea of Santa as it is also a beautifully crafted movie with a great location and great acting. Young Onni Tommila is so convincing as this young boy who still believes in good Santa and finds himself learning a frightening truth that even though you will be reading the subtitles you can't take your eyes off of him especially when he creates his own armour to protect himself.
What this all boys down to is that "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" is ideal for those who dread Christmas because of the influx of sweet, sentimental movies as it is anything but sentimental. But it is beautiful and thoroughly engaging with its very unique Santa origins storyline.