ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
All Through the House which notedly takes its title of the first psycho Santa film, the Joan Collins episode of Tales from the Crypt comes from Todd Nunes. Nunes had previously made his directing/writing debut with the horror film Scary Larry (2014). This suitably impressed producer Stephen J. Readmond that he gave Nunes the money to make another film. Nunes wrote this based on an earlier short film Here Comes the Santa (2011), which is a dry rehearsal for the plot of All Through the House and features both Ashley Mary Nunes, Todds sister, and Melynda Kiring playing the same roles they do here.
When it comes to the horror genre, Todd Nunes certainly knows his material. All Through the House comes well steeped in the conventions of the genre. Aside from tapping the resonant killer Santa theme, the plot reads like a well-oiled rehearsal of the slasher template the Halloween (1978)-like motif of the hulking killer escaped from the asylum and returned home on a holiday date, while hiding his face behind a mask and saying nothing as he slaughters his way around the neighbourhood. There is all the standard post-Psycho (1960) twisted sexuality involving gender role confusions and overbearing mothers, while the film also follows the basic twist introduced by Halloween II (1981) in revealing that the Final Girl (Ashley Mary Nunes) has a blood relationship to the killer that she never knew about.
Nunes delivers all of this with a strong and instinctive hand. The film leaps in with an enthusiastic level of gore stranglings, severed dicks, a showering woman getting a knife stabbed through the boobs. Nunes even repeats the scene from Alone in the Dark (1982) with a girl on a bed being stabbed at up through the mattress by a killer hiding underneath. This is not a film that reinvents the slasher genre, just does a good and strong run through of all we expect it to.
(Screening at the Shivers Cinemafantastique Film Festival)