A boorish Christmas slasher, Dismembering Christmas lacks originality, a decent plot, memorable characters, decent actors or exciting deaths. It’s as humdrum as they come but is at least mercifully short.
The story is very basic, a group of young adults are staying at an isolated cabin in the woods for the seasonal holiday. Unfortunately for them there is a killer on the loose & the ‘slay’ bells are about to ring.
Dismembering Christmas doesn’t begin or end well even though it tries to throw in a twist when it comes to the killer reveal. The story has been done over and over again especially with Christmas horrors, there’s nothing new here.
That may not have been such a big problem had the characters been noteworthy but they’re not. Not in the slightest! Cookie cutter youngsters here for one reason, to get cut up in a variety of ways. The actors, while not all terrible, the ones that are really stink up the screen. Awkward dialogue, interactions & behaviour in the face of death just elicits groans.
There is a decent amount of gore & as stated above, the kills are varied. However, many require a serious suspension of disbelief. In particular one that involves a character being stabbed through a snowman. How? Where did the villain come from & how did they stay hidden!?
That’s not the worst of it though. Dismembering Christmas has some serious lighting & sound issues. Sudden spikes & drops, sometimes in the same scene is incredibly distracting & comes across so amateurish. These issues seem to increase as the movie goes on leading to a frustrating finale. It’s not unwatchable but it is annoying.
The best thing about Dismembering Christmas is that it can at least say it’s a Christmas horror.
The snowy landscape, the Christmas decorations & the characters clothes all make this feel very Christmassy. That’s a serious plus for this movie as a few too many Christmas horrors get lazy in this department. We need more then just being told it’s that time of the year!