Secret Santa

Slay bells ring

Out on:DVD 5th Nov. 2018
Download 3rd Dec. 2018

Fast sell:

Christmas dinner turns bloody in this ferociously brilliant, gore-soaked horror comedy from the creators of Jason Goes To Hell and Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Key talent:

Michael Rady (Timeless, The Mentalist)
Drew Lynch (Maron)
Debra Sullivan (Writer, Texas Chainsaw 3D)
Adam Marcus (Director, Jason Goes To Hell)


A Christmas Eve gathering takes an unexpected turn after a family guest spikes the punch with a military grade version of truth serum sodium pentothal. The already dysfunctional group comes unstuck in a blizzard of drug-induced, painfully candid outbursts, and upset soon turns to carnage after the head of the family runs amok with a fork, triggering festering loathings and savage reprisals.

We like it because:

The second film to be released under the FrightFest Presents label, the new venture from leading independent distributor Signature Entertainment and leading genre festival FrightFest, SECRET SANTA debuted at this year’s prestigious FrightFest Glasgow, and is the perfect stocking-stuffer for horror fans suffering Halloween withdrawals and in need of a fix of gore and giggles.

Packed with wickedly dark humour, and outrageous gore effects, this is a fast-paced, relentless Christmas slay ride, written and directed by Adam Marcus, whose debut film was the fan favourite Friday 13th entry Jason Goes To Hell, and co-scripted by Debra Sullivan, who wrote 2013 horror hit Texas Chainsaw 3D.

SECRET SANTA takes a fraught family gathering and turns it into a gleefully demented bloodbath as the spiked punch takes hold, hideous home truths are revealed, and the special occasion cutlery is used to slice flesh, not turkey.
If you enjoyed recent festive horror treats Krampus and Better Watch Out, just wait until you unwrap this jet black comedy shocker, a festive blowout with all the bloody trimmings. If you hate Christmas get-togethers, you’ll adore SECRET SANTA.

Hot Quotes:

“Up there with the best holiday horror” 4/5 Nerdly

“Fing brilliant - combines the irreverent humor with over-the-top gore to create something truly remarkable”

“Wickedly funny through and through” Kim Newman
“A vicious black comedy that packs one hell of a punch” Projected Figures

“The very naughty but oh-so nice gory gift that just keeps on giving. Yule love it!” Alan Jones, Horror Channel FrightFest

Editor's Notes:

SECRET SANTA is released ON DVD 5th November and DIGITAL HD 3rd December, courtesy of FrightFest Presents

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About Signature Entertainment:

Launched in 2011, Signature Entertainment is one of the leading names in UK film distribution. The team combines a wealth of film expertise with a fresh commercial outlook, delivering diverse quality entertainment to a broad audience in cinemas and at home. Signature has released over 600 titles into the UK market since inception, leading the way with innovative, bold ways of releasing and quality productions. Signature’s recent releases include Bad Samaritan starring David Tennant, The Negotiator staring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike and Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe. Their impressive upcoming slate includes Charlie Hunnam’s Papillon, acclaimed Scandi thriller The Guilty and Mads Mikkleson's Arctic.

About FrightFest:
Dubbed “the Woodstock of Gore” by director Guillermo Del Toro, FrightFest, set up 19 years ago, has grown in size and stature since its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema and today is internationally renowned for discovering exciting and original horror fantasy genre films and for supporting the talent behind them. Over the years the festival directors, Greg Day, Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray, have developed FrightFest into a brand leader for horror film, expanding its footprint in the UK by hosting special events throughout the year and joining forces with the Glasgow Film Festival, where they run an established three-day event. It has helped launch the careers of directors such as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter and recently teamed by with FAB Press to publish a series of ‘The FrightFest Guide To…” books.



Signature Entertainment
Release date
5th November, 2018
Digital release
3rd December, 2018


Adam Marcus
  • Michael Rady
  • Drew Lynch
  • Debra Sullivan
  • A Leslie Kies
  • Ryan Leigh Seaton