Before HOME ALONE, there was DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS…
Previously only available via VHS bootlegs — and a huge audience smash at Fantastic Fest 2018 — DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS (aka DEADLY GAMES and 3615 CODE PERE NOEL) is an enormous discovery. Made a year before HOME ALONE (which, suspiciously, has almost the same plot), DIAL CODE is way more stylized (and bloodier).
Thomas is a typical 1980s kid (in France!) who loves Rambo, computers, role-playing games and his dog. While Mom’s away at the office on Christmas Eve, Thomas and his grandfather are left home alone — perfect timing for a disgruntled, perverted, bloodthirsty Santa Claus to raid the home down the chimney. But Hell hath no fury like a mulleted 10-year-old with an arsenal of toys…
“Plays like a blend of classic Amblin and a grindhouse nightmare. To say ‘this shit is nuts’ would be an understatement.” (SlashFilm)
“Beautifully shot and crazed enough to keep you on your toes, this is a film that’d have a bigger cult following if more viewers actually had the chance to see it.” (Mondo Digital)
Sunday, December 16
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony. (Parental discretion strongly advised.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS “3615 Code Pere Noel” (René Manzor, 1989 / 87 mins / PG / French with English subs) Thomas, a resourceful child, is left alone with his fragile grandfather on Christmas Eve. When a killer dressed as Santa Claus breaks into their home, Thomas does whatever it takes to defend his home and grandfather.