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Big Game is Air Force One meets The Grey. Directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale), it stars Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States. When Air Force One is shot down over Europe, the only person that can help the President survive both the wilderness and the terrorists on his tail is a 13-year-old boy.

The film is still shooting in Bavaria but the first image has just been revealed, seen partially above, as well as a bunch of new cast additions including Felicity Huffman (Transamerica, Desperate Housewives), Victor Garber (Alias, Argo) and Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs). Read more about the film, and see the full image, below. Read More »

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If you’re feeling a little Halloweened out today, maybe jump ahead a few months to Christmas. That holiday has a laundry list of films we traditionally watch and, last year, a new one fought its way onto the list: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. The Finnish film from director Jalmari Helander is about an archaeological dig that unearths the real Santa Claus. And Santa is not at all jolly. It’s now available on Blu-ray and DVD and we’re excited to debut some exclusive, original illustrations that were used in the film. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Director Jalmari Helander has been making waves with his Christmas horror tale Rare Exports, but now he promises something that might appeal to children of the ’80s. Speaking to Total Film the director said, “I’m writing at the moment… it will be a totally English language film with a big budget, an action movie. It’s something like Home Alone meets Rambo, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” So can we expect an adorable young child blowing away home invaders?

Asked to elaborate a bit, he says “I think it will be quite violent… like Home Alone with machine guns.” That’s all we’ve got right now, but with that idea as a hook I can imagine a few of you might want to know more. So we’ll provide more news as soon as possible.

Movie Trailer: Rare Exports

One of the films I really enjoyed at the 2010 Fantastic Fest was a Finnish movie titled Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, which tells the untold origin story of Santa Claus. Directed by Jalmari Helander, based on the 2003 short film, Rare Exports feels like a fusion of Joe Dante and Guillermo del Toro.

A group is working to excavate something buried in the mountain — the original Santa Claus. A local boy does research and discovers that the original Santa Claus is not the Jolly fat man we’ve come to know. The original fairy tales told of an evil satanic-like creature who punishes bad children. The boy tries to warn his father, but as is always the case, the adults don’t listen until it is too late. The movie isn’t really a horror film, although it has some horror elements. It looks and feels like the Christmas movies I watched as a kid (for example, Jeannot Szwarc’s Santa Claus: The Movie). Although if I had seen Rare Export as a child, I would have been frightened of both Santa Claus and the entire Christmas holiday.

The domestic movie trailer for the film is now online, watch it after the jump. Warning: It might give a little too much of the plot away. It certainly doesn’t ruin the film but this is one of those movies which it is definitely better to go in blind. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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It’s only day two of Fantastic Fest, and I’m already falling behind (which might have more to do with being at the tail end of a 30 day film festival trip than anything else).

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