A Christmas Eve dinner goes horribly and hilariously wrong in director Adam (JASON GOES TO HELL) Marcus’ savvy seasonal shocker that’s smartly scripted, wonderfully acted and fiendishly funny from snowglobed get-go to Silent Night climax. Someone has put something in the party punch causing everyone to tell the absolute unvarnished truth at the already dysfunctional Pope family’s holiday reunion. When the head of the household freaks-out with a fork, the scene is set for murderous mayhem and splatterific revenge as the deviant relatives reveal their long-buried hatreds and festering loathings Sustaining its refreshingly insolent tone, vicious pace and twisted tension for a frighteningly cheeky slay ride, the sugarplum look is delicious and the canny use of classic festive music exceptional. Shrewdly SECRET SANTA comes with all the expected genre trimmings and is the very naughty but Oh-so nice gory gift that just keeps on giving. Yule love it!

Alan Jones, film critic, broadcaster, author and co-director of The Horror Channel FrightFest