Game Over

A child must protect his grand-father against a mad man dressed as Santa Claus who broke into their mansion.
So Bad It's Good

 

France
1989
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Kid Friendly
Festivity: 
Christmas
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Writing: 
Screenplay: 
Additional Dialogue: 
6
White Wonderland
7.04
4
6
7.04
3
3
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Plot
Game Over is a visionary film. It predicted the internet, portable devices and home camera systems. It is a horror movie for kids, but it is very sinister. It takes place on Christmas Eve inside a ridiculously large house in constant expansion. The place is filled with rooms so immense they couldn’t possibly exist, especially without the parents knowing about them.
In fact, this film is punctured with plot holes. You can blame certain details on surrealism, but there is no way to make sense of this carnage. The cast is small. The mother, the kid, the grand-father and Santa Claus are the central characters. The actors do a decent job. The house, in fact, is the most interesting character. The camera loves it. Some shots of it are absolutely mind-blowing.
There’s something cool about a kid behaving like an action movie hero to protect his house and family. He comes fully equipped with gadgets and weapons. This predates Home Alone by one year and the similarities are obvious. Game Over is seen through a kid’s eyes. It is at time kitsch, at times illogical, but it is equally atmospheric and imaginative.
Alternate Titles: 
3615 code Père Noël
Deadly Games
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