It’s been a wild ride throughout the course of this year’s Late Night series, ranging from the campy, to the creepy, to the delightfully gory. With this in mind, it seems appropriately fitting that tonight’s final Late Show presentation is an entertaining blend of all three aforementioned elements. Saint (Sint) is a ludicrous and wild romp of a movie, coming to us straight from the Netherlands.
The film takes the traditionally joyful and whimsical myth of Saint Nicholas and flips it right on its head. Directed under the watchful eye of Dick Maas (a true pioneer in Dutch genre cinema), Saint is a ridiculous and altogether fantastic B-movie masterpiece. The gore fest begins as December 5th quickly approaches, the traditional start of St. Nicholas themed festivities across the Netherlands. The film introduces us to Frank and his jolly gang of high school pals, as they are dressing up as jolly old Saint Nicholas and his infamous blackamoor helpers for a party at a nearby friend’s house. Unfortunately, Frank and his friends encounter a slight mishap on the way to said party, and lets just say they don’t necessarily all make it there in once piece…
Just who is to blame for this goretastic bloodbath? Well according to one local policeman, the myth of Saint Nicholas is founded on a gigantic misunderstanding, and the true nature of Niklas is a whole lot less jovial and a whole lot more evil. According to his research, Saint Nicholas was in fact just plain ol’ Niklas, your average run-of-the-mill rogue bishop turned sadistic killer. Him and his eclectic gang of robbers once terrorized villages during the medieval era; until being burned to death by a number of Dutch vigilantes. Now whenever December 5th and the full moon happen to align, Niklas and his gang of thieves return from the depths of hell to extract their revenge on the living. As you have probably already suspected, the full moon just so happens to reach its apex at the start of the movie, and total chaos ensues.
Is the plot utterly ridiculous bordering on laughable? Absolutely! And the film plays up this comedic nature the best it can. Even the manner in which the film was shot reflects a grainy B-movie feel to it. Past comparisons of Saint to former Late Night series hit Dead Snow are both warranted and appreciated, making a nod to past horror classics, but with its own unique twist. Stop by the Plaza tonight at 11:30pm if you dare to learn the truth behind the story of jolly old Saint Nick. It promises to be a ghoulish good time!
Posted by: Melissa Rygus