Thursday, 3 November 2011


You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, but do you want to know why? It's not because Saint Nicholas is revered among Christians, with tales of his kindness creating the mythical Santa Claus, whose arrival excites children as soon as retailers start stocking their shelves with Advent calendars in June. It's much worse than that. Modelled on the Dutch name Sinterklass, it's only fair that a film from Holland spills the beans on what 'the miracle creator' was really like - a murderous bishop who slaughters children whenever there is a full moon on 5th December. Make sure you're not on his list...

5th December 1492. Bishop Niklas is burned alive by villagers who refuse to put up with his gang's looting and killing any longer. Fast forward to present day: Amsterdam, a full moon, and student Frank prepares to celebrate with his friends, dressed up as The Saint and his mischievous helpers, the Black Petes.

Goert, a policeman who suffered at the hands of Niklas when he was a child, is convinced this year's festivities will turn into a bloodbath, and recommends forbidding all Sinterklaas activities and increasing surveillance. He's sent on leave for his troubles.

But as Goert predicted, the gang returns, and they don't care much for carols. Bags filled with presents are now bags filled with bodies, gifts tucked inside the footwear of good children will never be played with, their shoes never to be worn again. Can Goert convince Frank to help him slay the vengeful Saint once and for all?

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