Dutch horror comedy Saint to scare US cinema goers

Dutch horror comedy Saint to scare US cinema goers

Dutch film “Saint,” a horror comedy from director Dick Maas will be released in U.S. cinemas, reported producer Tom de Mol Friday.

IFC Midnight announced that the company has acquired U.S. distribution rights from sales and production outfit Xyz Films for director Dick Maas’ evil Santa film Saint. The deal includes a theatrical component and was made prior to the movie’s North American premiere in the Cinemania section at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Maas wrote the screenplay for the picture and produced with Tom de Mol. Starring Huub Stapel, Egbert-Jan Weeber, Caro Lenssen, Bert Luppes and Escha Tanihatu.

The movie deal was closed at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York, where Saint runs this week in the Cinemania program, a selection of films ”pushing the boundaries”. According to film Distributor IFC, the Dutch movie will come to US cinemas in fall this year.

Both Tom de Mol and director Dick Maas will be present at the screenings during the festival.

Dutch film “Saint,” is taking the honors at the Tribeca Film Festival 2011. The New York Times likened director Dick Maas with his U.S. counterpart Joe Dante.

Saint features a ghostly St. Nicholas as a horse-riding, lance-wielding mass murderer of naughty children.

Mr. Maas, who also wrote the screenplay, keeps the story moving fast and under tight control; like Joe Dante’s horror films, “Saint” is more clever and funny than it is scary, while still being a recognizable member of the genre.

The director, Dick Maas, made a small splash in the United States in 1988 with “Amsterdamned,” about a canal-dwelling serial killer. In “Saint” he plays off of Dutch traditions — the homicidal St. Nick arrives in the Netherlands by boat from his home in Spain on Dec. 5, St. Nicholas Eve, as he should — but throws in infanticide, SWAT teams, Ugly-American tourists and a long-term government-church cover-up of the saint’s true nature.

The horror comedy Saint attracted nearly 400,000 visitors in the Dutch cinemas.

See the trailer of the Dutch version below.

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