The Sacrifice Game – Fantasia 2023

The Sacrifice Game
A solid sophomore directorial effort from Jenn Wexler

The Sacrifice Game – Fantasia 2023

Runtime: 01:40
It’s bad enough that boarding school students Samantha and Clara can’t go home for the holidays, but things take a deadly turn when a murderous gang arrives on their doorstep – just in time for Christmas.

A group left behind at their boarding school during Christmas Eve are terrorized by a gang of serial killers planning to conduct a demonic ritual in The Sacrifice Games. Samantha () and Clara () are two students at the Blackvale School for Girls, who have been left behind for the 1971 Christmas holidays with their teacher Rose () and her boyfriend Jimmy (). The group's Christmas dinner is disrupted by the arrival of Jude (), Maisie (), Grant (), and Doug (), a psychotic gang on a Christmas killing spree. Blackvale is the final stop of the Christmas Killers, who plan to conduct a sacrificial ritual to summon an all-powerful demon.

– Synopsis

The Sacrifice Game is the sophomore feature from co-writer and director Jenn Wexler (The Ranger). The film stars Madison Baines (The Young Arsonists) and Georgia Acken as two boarding school students left behind during the Christmas of 1971. Their solitude is disrupted by the Manson Family-like Christmas Killers, played by Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Olivia Scott Welch (Fear Street: Part One – 1994), Derek Johns, and Laurent Pitre. The Christmas Killers hope to summon a demon to given them great power, however it is soon revealed that the dark entity has other plans for the gang.

My Thoughts on The Sacrifice Game

One of the most notable takeaways from The Sacrifice Game is Mena Massoud doing a complete 180 from his most well-known role as Aladdin and playing the main antagonist Jude as an absolutely hatable sleazy greaser serial killer. Massoud's performance almost becomes too much, but thankfully the film pivots in the second half, revealing Jude and the other Christmas Killers in be in over their head when dealing with the demon they are trying to summon. I don't want to give away too much, but The Sacrifice Game is a solid sophomore film from Jenn Wexler.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.