Rare Exports from the Land of the Original Santa Claus

Rare Exports from the Land of the Original Santa Claus

Jalmari Helander (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In a feature-length prequel to his two hit online shorts, Finnish film-maker Jalmari Helander constructs one of the oddest and quirkiest nightmares before Christmas. Lapland legend describes Santa Claus as a horned ancient demon who terrorises children with merciless spanking. So when an American drilling team unearths the mountain tomb of the "Yule Goat", a local boy (the engaging Onni Tommila) and a trio of reindeer herders must prevent the festive evil from escaping. Or could Santa's Little Helpers - creepily shown as naked, grey-bearded old men - actually save the deprived local area's economy? Filled with unnerving images (a giant iced Santa) and visually eerie delights (the child-catcher helicopter sequence), all set against stunning frozen Scandinavian vistas, the overall vibe here is playful fantasy in the Gremlins vein.


An archaeological dig in Finland unearths the real Father Christmas, and a series of disappearances leads to the revelation that he intends to kill naughty children rather than deliver gifts. A reindeer hunter sets out to capture him alive and sell him to a corporation - a plan that puts his family in deadly danger. Comedy horror, starring Jorma and Onni Tommila. In Finnish and English.

Cast & Crew

Pietari Onni Tommila
Rauno, Pietari's father Jorma Tommila
Aimo Tommi Korpela
Piiparinen Rauno Juvonen
Riley Per Christian Ellefsen
Juuso Ilmari Jarvenpaa
Pietari's elf Peeter Jakobi
Greene Jonathan Hutchings
Sheriff Risto Salmi
Director Jalmari Helander
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Other Information

Language: Finnish, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Dec 2010
Comedy Drama