3615 Code Père Noël (aka Deadly Games)

3615 Code Père Noël (aka Deadly Games)

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

This recently rediscovered home invasion thriller from France bore such a striking resemblance to Home Alone that its director threatened to sue John Hughes when the Macauley Caulkin smash debuted two years later. And yes, the similarity is strong: A young boy is forced to use traps to protect his home after a menacing Santa slides down his chimney.

Although it’s much darker than most holiday movies, what we found in this forgotten French flick was a lot of heart and a fun ride. Recently remastered, you can now catch it exclusively on the Shudder network.

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