Originally called 'Sint', this Dutch horror features good old Saint Nicholas as a child-killing zombie bishop! Legend has it that when a full moon coincides with December 5th, the saint gets sinister and goes on a kidnapping and murdering spree, regardless of who's been naughty or nice.
This is very much in the style of a slasher movie, with hot-looking actors pretending to be teenagers, gory set-pieces, jump scares, and copious amounts of atmospheric fog. Some of the jump scares are predictable, but that doesn't really take away from the fun. There is some great camera work on display here, and the kills are generally done with creativity, using decent gore effects. The film also has a dark sense of humour, which I particularly enjoyed.
A few of the Dutch popular culture references were lost on me ("Baantjer" is mentioned a few times, for example. Apparently it's a TV crime series). But I did like seeing the festive traditions that we don't have in the UK (celebrating on 5th December, St Nicholas, Black Peters, poems, clogs left outside with hay and carrots in, chocolate letters, bad children being taken away to Spain, St Nicholas riding his horse across the rooftops, etc). I actually learned a lot!
I found the story (and the legend) interesting, the film had a great creepy atmosphere at times, the gore effects were pretty good, the acting was ok, and overall I thought it was a lot of fun. The only thing that let it down slightly was the CGI in some sequences (particularly in some of the rooftop scenes). But if you can forgive that, it's an entertaining and enjoyable popcorn horror movie. 4/5