Having been unable to get home to visit my family yesterday, thanks to the storm ravaged train tracks along the south coast (get your violins out), I wasn’t feeling particularly festive and decided to continue my quest to for good Christmas horror.
I was quite pleased, then, to find P2. This one tells the story of Angela (Rachel Nichols), a hard-working young woman who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve when everyone else has gone home. Everyone, that is, except Angela’s number one fan. I’m talking a Misery-style number one fan, here, henceforth to be known as Mr #1. So, Mr #1 holds Angela captive on Christmas Eve in the underground car park beneath her office, cooking her a Christmas meal, pouring out some red wine and dressing her in a cleavage emphasising Marilyn Monroe dress. Oh yeah, he had to chloroform her in order to get her in the dress, but he was only trying to be nice and add a sense of occasion. Some people are just so hard to please! Needless to say this guy is somewhat unhinged and Angela isn’t having a bar of it.
P2 is well acted, especially for the genre, but the best thing is that rare thing…the woman in peril who doesn’t just take what’s coming to her. Angela gives as good as she gets, even if she is handcuffed, wearing next to nothing and being terrorized by a guy who couldn’t just think of asking a girl out on a date.
As with most films of this ilk there are a number of plot holes that, if addressed, would’ve taken the whole film in a different direction. In fact, it probably would’ve lasted about 20 minutes.
Anyway, this really isn’t a bad stalker-horror offering, especially when you consider what else is in the Christmas cannon.
Score: 7/10. That is, 7/10 in relation to the other terrible Christmas horror out there.
And just so you know, I’ve had a lovely Christmas even though I couldn’t get back to my folks. At least I wasn’t held captive in an underground car park by a crazed killer.
Merry Christmas, everyone!