Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

This film has picked up a clutch of awards, touring the world's short film festivals, and it's no surprise.

It is Christmas time and there may well be a need to be afraid. Things are twinkly in the house, but the atmospheric score by Graeme Nielson suggests not everything is mince pies and mistletoe.

April (Natasha Watson, who plays twins) wakes up in the night, unable to sleep. She sees someone outside, but a steely thread of dread tells you it ain't Santa. Next thing you know, she's running down the beach, leaving Dad (Stephen McCreadie) and sister Sam behind.

To tell you more would spoil what is a very well made chiller. The direction is atmospheric, without being overly arty. The story runs effortlessly, as you hear the unease creep up behind you.

More soon, please, Mr Dennis.

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2005
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Not everything is mince pies and mistletoe in this Christmas chiller.

Director: Simon Dennis

Writer: Simon Dennis

Starring: Stephen McCreadie, Natasha Watson

Year: 2005

Runtime: 10 minutes

Country: UK


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