Holiday-Themed Short 'Mad Santa' Brings A Basement Kidnapping With A Wild, Bloody Conclusion

Mad Santa Bruce Baine Short Review

Every good kidnapping needs some milk and cookies.

Bruce Blain’s Team RPS brought forth a killer effort for the 2018 48 Hour Run n Gun Blood n Guts Film Competition. Mad Santa is a wild ride, literally shot in someone’s basement with a few actors, some weapons of choice, and, as the contest title dictates, forty-eight hours to pull everything together. And at just under seven minutes in total, it’s scarcely longer than a music video, so it’s a quick bite of film.

To make a short story even shorter, a deranged mall Santa has four victims kidnapped in his basement. Three of them are lined up next to each other, with a fourth sitting across from them, Santa hat adorning her head. As the story unfolds, we find out the connection that each person has to one another and to our madman, before a tension-breaking ending wraps this present up with a nice, neat, twisted little bow.

Since its entry into the competition, Mad Santa has jingled its way to a few awards, namely the Audience Choice and Honorable Mention awards from the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, as well as a handful of nominations from the Vancouver Bad Ass Film Festival. It’s hard to argue with that kind of success, as Blain and Co. packed a hell of a lot of holiday hell into not that big of a stocking.

And the best part? As of September, the film is available on Bruce Baine’s YouTube channel, in its entirety, for all to see! What a time to grab a gingerbread cookie in one hand, a knife in the other, and check out “Mad Santa” below!