• Released
  • December 3, 2010
  • (Limited 12/3)
  • R , 1 hr 20 min
  • Action/Adventure
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Synopsis
Arctic excavators accidentally release a demonic Santa Claus from his icy prison.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A fiendishly entertaining Christmas yarn rooted in Northern European legend and lore, complete with a not-so-jolly old St. Nick informed...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care. How else to explain an R-rated Santa Claus origin story...
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By Kim Newman
If you're a bah-humbug type looking for an alternative to Santa Claus: The Movie or Miracle On 34th Street, this could be a holiday...
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
You'd better watch out. You'd better not swear. Have a gun handy, loaded for bear. Santa Claus is coming…to Finland.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
To be clear: Despite the holiday flavor, and despite the pint-sized hero, this is no kids' movie. There is swearing. There is blood. There...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
A taut, gorgeously filmed and enjoyably wicked cinematic treat.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This Santa Claus story is for a midnight movie crowd, not the kiddie matinees.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
It's dark fun, in the spirit of "Gremlins."
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
It isn't recommended for impressionable children, who might well experience nightmares. But for grown-ups looking for an alternative to the...
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander's dark-comic expansion on his cult Internet shorts, in which he crafts a back story for Santa that's as...
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Good movie to see for the holidays

By crowdesign
This is far less violent than the original shorts. But, if you are over 18 by all means look up the original short film and the safety instructions....

Five Word Review

By ReverendofRock
Underated charmingly twisted Christmas Fable...

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

By bugleyes
The movie was great. It was very different and unusual but it was very good....

Five Word Review

By -CC-
Epic Beautiful Hilarious Explosive Zingers...

New favorite Christmas film

By popvoid
RARE EXPORTS is a fairytale as it would have been told by the Brothers Grimm: dark and scary. It us a reflection on how our notion of Santa Claus has changed over the years. The cinematography is...


By denmarc
Trust me, not what you expect. But a great tale of good vs evil with twists along the way, including some humorous scenes involving our little boy star. Worth seeing if you are able to deal well with...

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Rated R | For Some nudity and language