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Toni Collette and Adam Scott head a squabbling American family in this tongue-in-cheek horror comedy

Toni Collette and Adam Scott head a squabbling American family in this tongue-in-cheek horror comedy.

After their disgruntled 12-year-old son rips up his letter to Santa on Christmas Eve, a cloven-hoofed monster - a dark version of Santa Claus derived from Alpine folklore - is unleashed along with his evil minions.

Collette and Scott do sterling stuff as the beleaguered mum and dad, but the film belongs to the monsters, splendidly realised by a combination of puppetry, costumes and CGI.