Locally here in Toronto on a particular channel are a continuous slew of Harlequin Films celebrating Christmas. Everything is perfect. True love blossoms at the end. For some it may be so cute. For lovers of serious cinema it may be flotsam.
“Twas the Night” is no sickly-sweet Christmas film. But does it have the roots to be one of those elusive Christmas films? It might be on the edge of the precipice of being a classic? How much “It’s a Wonderful Life” can anyone withstand!
Holly (Nicole Pringle) and Nick (David Steven Perez) are engaged and about to be married and they have invited their parents to their home for Christmas.
Holly has been caught in a bad mood dissing a charitable Santa by a television crew and is seen as a “nasty bitch” in town which is somewhere in New York State.
She realizes her bad mood and apologizes to the local charitable Santa inviting him in for a hot chocolate and some cookies. Before he leaves, he is asked by Holly to adjust a decoration up on a ladder and he does so then takes a terrible tumble becoming unconscious and leaving a trail of blood. Holly and Nick believe he is dead and given that Holly has dissed this Santa they believe they will be charged with murder. So they haul the body upstairs and eventually to the attic.
Parents and in laws arrive for Christmas Eve dinner as Holly and Nick try to drag the dead Santa around so the snooping parents will not discover him in their house tour which after 5 bottles of wine seems unstoppable.
There is a lot of tension in the film like “Christmas Carol”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, National Lampoon’s” A “Christmas Vacation” or “Home Alone” yet it is not filled with sentimentality like ”It’s a Wonderful Life”: or “ A Christmas Carol”.
Will it be a Christmas Classic? That may take years to determine. In the meantime worth a view. The parents played by Cynthia D. Perry, James Lee Fronck, Lisa Panagopoulos and Paul Van Scott are priceless.
The film was released on December 3rd in theatres and on demand.
This 83-minute film was written and directed by The Ro Bros.
You can see the screener at https://vert-ent.app.box.com/s/fjsaj4jh5gwjv2o6g8cr0dxhx1irwvbc