Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL Kit Review

Norwich Commercial Photography

Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL

Why choose the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL Lighting kit as your go to potable lighting setup? Well we all know when it comes to lighting equipment, there’s a massive amount of choice on the market with a range of prices to fit every pocket and the whole spectrum of photographers from novice to award winning professional. Choosing what is right for you as a photographer can at first seem a bit overwhelming. Believe me, I know. I trawled the internet and Wex Photography (the showroom in Norwich happens to be literally on my doorstep,) to try and find a solution that would fit my work as a commercial photographer. I’ve done the whole heavy light set-up having owned two pairs of Bowens 500 Gemini R lights for the past ten years. The Bowens didn’t owe me a penny. They were used spectacularly for assignments including professional hairdressing photography, commercial portraits, event photography set-ups and acted as warm constant lighting during video production. But they weighed a tonne. The lights were cumbersome, heavy and were totally oversized for transportation. The lighting stands really weren’t very substantial and the modelling lamps and fuses had a tendency to blow at the most inappropriate of times. They were amazing workhorses, but In July 2017, Bowens went into liquidation after 94 years of business, ultimately succumbing to the market’s growing competition and changes in consumer purchase trends. The ELB 500 TTL weighs 1.7 kg (3.83 lbs) and the battery weighs about 0.73 kg (1.60 lbs). It’s got a very small carry case which means it’s a dream to just throw in the back of the car.

If you’re planning to shoot on location somewhere without mains power, battery powered lights are the most practical means of achieving professional powerful lighting and The Elinchrome ELB 500 TTL is incredibly light and compact. I opted for the dual kit, which comes as standard with two lighting heads.  is the most powerful and portable TTL kit on the market and I was very impressed with both the design and the sheer lightness of the kit. There are different types of quality out there depending upon what you’re looking for — Profoto have an extensive range of superb lights including the B10and  B10 Plus, there’s the Badger and entry level Interfit FLA2002K1 Studio Essentials to name just a few. Elinchrom have a solid reputation for making great lighting and are constantly bringing out new and improved products. The ELB 500 TTL Kit is designed for use both on location and in the studio but does not have a dedicated mains setting in order to power the lights without a battery.

Elinchrom ELB 500 TTLElinchrom ELB 500 TTL

 

About the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL

This is a very clever piece of kit. Not only does it offer TTL but it also offers HSS. Basically, it will synchronize at super high speeds up to 1/8000s so capturing ultra fast action isn’t go to cause problems. The battery will give You about 400 flashes from one charge dependent on the power output that you’re pushing to the lights. The battery has the active charging, which means you can charge the battery as you shoot. This is awesome if you’re using the lights to shoot event photography on location or any indpoor locations where you have mains power available. It means you can shoot the interior set and still have a afull battery when there’s no charging options and still have a full battery to work with. The ELB 500 TTL features built-in Skyport, Elinchrom’s proprietary wireless system. For photographers already using the Skyport Plus HS Transmitter, there’s a firmware update available to obtain the TTL feature set. There’s also built-in functionality for the Phottix Odin II transmitters. 

The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL battery pack allows for two separate lights to run off the one power supply. Labelled A and B, the pack can power and control two separate heads at the same time with  independent control of one another, meaning you can fire the lights as you would any mains powered system. The battery pack has an easily navigable menu system with options for black and white background colours and functionality that is clear and very simple to manage. he display gives you complete control over the kit, allowing you to activate and has asymmetrical distribution, meaning you can extend the power range when you’re using a single head.

The ELB 500 TTL enables the unit to act as a slave unit, so it will flash automatically along with other flash units. Triggering with the ELB 500 TTL is 15m is around 10 metres. I really recommend the Skyport Transmitter Pro. It’s reliable, has multiple frequency channels and fully controllable from the top of the camera. The lights will automatically adjust the power based on the metering of the scene and your camera’s settings. And, as the kit has HSS, if your shutter speed is outside the sync speed of your camera the light will automatically detect this and use HSS to maintain the correct exposure levels for the shot. The TTL option will automatically  predict the power to us

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Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL

The kit is reasonably priced but be prepared It’s definitely a great piece of kit but the extras will bump up the cost. The lights will wet you back just shy of £1800, but remember you get no lighting stands, no Skyport Transmitter. Obviously softboxes and light shapers are another very personal and subjective item, so the lights come with mo modifiers. I opted for the Rotalux modifiers but in order to use these, the Q-Reflector Adapter MK-II will also be required. This will push up the overall cost by another £700-£800 for a pair of modifiers and mounts.

For professional use, the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL series is a compact, easily transportable system with a host of features that are heard to beat for the price.

Business Stock Photography

Bespoke Stock Photography Norfolk

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY HAS A PLACE IN YOUR BUSINESS

BUT IS THERE’S ANYTHING QUITE LIKE BESPOKE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY?

Trawl the internet for Business Stock Photography and there are literally hundreds of stock image libraries and hundreds of thousands of images that can be purchased for your business needs. So what it’s it that we all go on websites and find the same images over and over again. Stock Photography range from completely free photos, all the way through to renowned high-end providers. The problem is that purchasing Business Stock Photography is exactly that, It’s Stock Photography and everybody and their brother or sister is likely to also have it on their websites or Promotional material. To put things into perspective, Eight months ago I submitted the following generic image that I had taken, onto a completely Free Stock Image Platform to see what kind of response I would receive offering the image in a Free Business Stock Photography format. I have to say the results were pretty staggering.

Business Stock Photography

The image has received almost ONE MILLION VIEWS and has been downloaded over 6000 times by people. That’s 6000 potential brochures, webpages, blogs or other digital or printed media platform usage. From a photographers perspective, it’s absolutely great that people think the image is creative enough that they want to download it, but it also demonstrates why individuality in business is so essential when producing marketing and PR material. We already know just how important visuals are to people, so why take your most powerful medium of speaking to people and make it generic? Using stock photos misrepresents what your company stands for and lacks originality every time. If a client sees an image on two or more different websites, the meaning behind the photo becomes redundant, as it creates inconsistency in the photos. How many times do you see Shiny offices with sleek interior design, professional Armani Clad staff portrayed on Stock images only to walk into your client and find an untidy, dark office space with dishevelled, tired looking staff. Stock Photography can be a huge “smoke and mirror’ area for your business. We already know just how important visuals are to people, so why take your most powerful medium of speaking to people and make it generic? Using stock photos misrepresents what your company stands for and lacks originality every time.

Bespoke Stock Photography Norfolk

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So how can a businesses be seen as individual when we use stock images? It can’t! And stock images at the higher end can cost a serious amount of money when compared with creating affordable bespoke Stock Photography for your own business. For example, we worked with a client to produce a set of food based images for an advertising campaign. They had looked at purchasing images for their brochures. A set of three, high resolution Business Stock Photography images showcasing Food Products, with limited time usage, would cost around £1000. For the same cost, we were able to offer a comprehensive pre-shot consultation, on-site photography for a full day and deliver a set of 30 high quality Bespoke Business Stock Photography that can be used across the business without the fear of re-licensing or anybody else using the images for campaigns. The power of bespoke stock imagery simply can’t be under-estimated. It really is so valuable. We all live in a world where the high-resolution phone camera has become part of everyday life. I agree with many people thats smart phones and the editing software that come with them can take amazing photographs. The truth though, it that the parameters of an experienced professional photographer combined with a professional camera and post shoot editing will out way smart phone photography every single time.

At Blanc Creative, we can physically manage photography every aspect of your stock photography shoot, from sourcing models, scouting locations, storyboarding the shoot and art directing. We have a wealth of experience in commercial photography and will work with you to create images that can be utilised across many areas of your company including marketing, promotional, PR and all printed and digital media platforms. To find out more about our full range of services, why not contact our office today on Mob: 07871 364041 or email our team on studio@blanc-creative.com

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Suffolk Food Photography – Brudenell Hotel

Suffolk Food Photography

Brudenell Hotel – Suffolk Food Photography

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography doesn’t get much better than this! Nestled away at the quiet end of the seafront in the quaint Suffolk seaside town Aldeburgh is the Brudenell Hotel.  It’s literally a stone throw of a drive from London. Leave the bustling capital and in under two hours, you’re “Everything seems so much more laid back and even the stylish food photography that we shot at the Brudenell has an almost leisurely appearance as the live ingredients were assembled on nickel platters, stripping the food back to showcase its local heritage and a provenance. Fresh and ethically-sourced fish is also one of the core values of the Brudenell’s own Seafood and Grill restaurant, with a menu packed with fresh local fish, seafood and free-range meats prepared by a creative team of chefs. Shooting Suffolk Food Photography for an award-winning fish restaurant is genuinely a pleasure. Who wouldn’t want to photograph artwork on a plate?

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

For this particular Suffolk Food Photography shoot, the Banc Creative Team decided to adopt the most natural approach possible, shooting imagery using only natural lighting and dispensing with any artificial distractions. It was an important factor in retaining many of the deconstructed dishes and even the backdrop to the images was improvised using a wide window ledge overlooking the ocean. The paint had a hint of distress to it, which added a massive amount of character to the dishes. Blanc Creative have built a steadily increasing reputation for their Norfolk Food Photography and to break into Suffolk Food Photography with such a prestigious location is wonderful.

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote

Suffolk Food Photography - Blanc Creative at the Bru Hote


The 44-room luxury 4* hotel has been a fixture of the front since the 1880s, and despite having been renovated in 2010 it retains its Victorian charm, partly thanks to the huge bay windows in the bedrooms. Our deluxe room has a huge double bed and a sofa facing the bay window framing the sea view, while the bathroom has a free-standing bath and separate shower, typical of Aldeburgh’s unique brand of quaint luxury. There are a few thoughtful touches too, such as two big glass bottles of water – still and sparkling – refilled each morning and a basket full of books about the local area.

Fresh and ethically-sourced fish is also one of the core values of the Brudenell’s own Seafood and Grill restaurant, with a menu packed with fresh local fish, seafood and free-range meats prepared head chef Tyler Torrance. If you fancy something a bit different, the Brudenell’s sister hotel The White Lion – just a 15-minute walk along the beautiful seafront – also boasts a fantastic restaurant, the Brasserie Bleue. The brasserie has a more back to basics approach, with the relaxed feel of a very good gastropub.

To find out more about Suffolk Food Photography & Norfolk Food Photography, why not reach out to one of our team at studio@blanc-creative.com or telephone 07871 364041.

Norfolk Tourism Photography – Commercial Photography Norfolk

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Shooting Norfolk Tourism Photography has been a significant aspect of our spring and summer work. We work with a number of independent companies and a large Tourism partnership across Norfolk. We have worked on a wide range of dedicated briefs to showcase local Norfolk Coastal based tourism. The images promote Norfolk Tourism to potential visitors. Our Norfolk Tourism Photography focused on beautiful landscapes but with a particular focus on the local life and the people who visit Norfolk. Building a bespoke set of Stock images for a business is important. Images need to reflect every demographic who visit our county but the concept is about enjoyment, fun, and relaxation.

Norfolk Tourism Photography doesn’t always have to be about vast landscapes and rolling clouds. With our bespoke Norfolk Tourism Photography, we use our experience to adopt a very simple approach. We photograph real people enjoying Norfolk. We obtain permission (always with written consent using a legal model release form) and document their visit to Norfolk. There really is nothing that captures the essence of our county more than real people enjoying their stay or life. It makes our Norfolk Tourism Photography so believable. Because it’s real!

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography


Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

 

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography – From the Sky

At Lee Blanchflower Limited, we also offer two key services to clients in addition to ground-based Commercial Photography. We are a Licensed with the Civil Aviation Authority as a Drone Operator and we also produce stunning Film Productions across all possible commercial and creative genres. Utilising our professional Drone provides a creative means of capturing Norfolk Tourism Photography from a totally different perspective than simply can not be appreciated from the ground. And it’s not as expensive as you may think. We’ve worked on a whole range of projects with clients including Forestry Commission, The Norfolk Polo Festival and Royal Norfolk Show, producing moving aerial films and awesome high altitude photographs.

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

Norfolk Tourism Photography

A Bit more information about Lee Blanchflower Limited.

We are situated in the center of Norwich and cover assignments throughout the UK. The Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high-quality commercial photographs, corporate film production and licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base.

We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits. We seriously pride ourselves on being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t get any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment. If you think we could help you to create some awesome imagery, why not reach out and speak with one of our team on 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

 

 

Hotel Room Interior Photography

Professional Interior Photography Norwich

The Brudenell Hotel Suffolk – Interior Photography from Lee Blanchflower Ltd

Norwich Interior Photography - Lee Blanchflower

Shooting interior photography at this modern seafront hotel at the end of the Aldeburgh parade was a real pleasure. The modern Brudenell Hotel is 1 mile from Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture, and 1.7 miles from the Britten-Pears Foundation at Red House, the former home of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears. We were commissioned to undertake a variety of commercial photography shoots for the family-friendly Brudenell. These would reflect all aspects of a guest staying at the stylish hotel. The photography would be used to provide a bespoke image bank. Our Interior Photography images are shot to ensure media can be used across all platforms including printed brochures, social media and website galleries. 

Norwich Interior Photography

Interior Photography Norwich

Part of the project included delivering stylish interior photography that would reflect the luxury guest rooms paying particular attention to room detail. Interior photography lighting is so important that it’s almost a specialism in itself. You need to balance the lighting so there are no overly dark shadows or overly bright highlights. We used the light that was available in the room including lamps, overhead lighting and natural light from windows. We always try to reduce the need for artificial lighting as soft, natural light will deliver a far more relaxing feel and look.  Window light is a huge friend, particularly during ‘golden hours’ – early in the morning or late in the afternoon when shadows are not as harsh and sunlight is not as direct. Scouting a location and scene beforehand to get an idea of how light falls in the space is really important. If we notice lighting is falling too harshly, we schedule the shoot around the lighting will always benefit the space we are shooting inside.

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Professional Interior Photography Norwich

Norwich Interior Photography - Lee Blanchflower

Planning Your Interior Photography

Planning is so important. You simply can’t shoot Interior Photography at random. Room features play an important element to creating a story. Each room will have it’s own character and atmosphere that really comes to life with the addition of carefully placed items. Rooms are people spaces so a balance has to be made between showcasing the room and shooting interior photography as a people place. Not every room or space is a showhouse and this needs to be reflected in the finished product. Sometimes a stack of carefully chosen magazines or a coffee table book will create the look you’re after. When we shoot Interior photography, our wealth of experience in this specialist area has proved invaluable when working closely with our clients. This extends across residential properties, commercial premises or industrial spaces.

Professional Interior Photography Norwich

Norwich Interior Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography - Lee Blanchflower

Commercial Photography Norwich from Blanc Creative

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help showcase your interior spaces with professional Interior Photography, why not reach out and speak with one of team today on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com 

Situated in the heart of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver commercial photography, professional film production and licensed Drone Filming to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t see is wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves on being “people” people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.


School Dinner Photography

School Dinner Food Photography

School Dinner Photography. Why professional imagery is so important!

School Dinner Photography

 

When you think about Food Photography, School Dinner Photography may not be the first thing that spring to mind. If you’re a specialist catering business providing over 25,000 primary school meals every day in Norfolk and Suffolk, then professional Food Photography forms an incredibly valuable part of branding. It reenforces food ethos for high-quality, local ingredients freshly prepared by happy and well-trained Catering Teams. Our own Photography ethos is one of working extremely closely with our clients. We always strive to deliver High Quality, affordable Photography that continually evolves. Any Commercial Photography should develop to reflect the changing needs of a business to keep content fresh and relevant. How many times do you visit a website repeatedly only to find that imagery is stagnant and the content simply doesn’t change from year to year.

We have been specialising in School Dinner Photography  for around Five Years, across not only Primary School, School Dinner Photography, but for all levels of education through to High School, Sixth Form and Colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk. You can find examples of our School Food Photography.

School Dinner Photography

School Dinner Photography

School Dinner Photography

School Dinner Food Photography

School Dinner Photography at primary school level has a very different set of values to Restaurant styled Food Photography. Meals are produced with great care to ensure children have choice and variety with interesting dishes that reflect the changing season. Menus are composed with input from Norfolk Healthy Schools, the Children’s Food Trust. Young children need to identify School Dinner Photography, recognising the food that they will be eating. You need to make imagery vibrant, modern and attractive, but the key is identifiable food. Children need to know what they eating and school food can and is delivered to pupils with care and attention.

Primary School Dinner Photography incorporates seasonal changes for Spring / Summer / Autumn Winter along with Food Photography that encourages independent choice by pupils.

The Evolution of School Dinner Food Photography

The evolution of School Dinner Food Photography has moved a long way in a very short space of time. Below are examples of the type of change that makes continually evolving Food Photography so important. Only a few years ago, School Diners were relatively straight forward, shot on plain backgrounds from a generic  angled perspective. The move to hero shots from above was a direct response to the changing style of modern Food Photography where the lastest hesian background has launched School Dinner Photography into 2018 with natural vibrancy and a full perspective of the food served to pupils.

Professional Food Photography Norwich

Professional Food Photography Norwich

Professional Food Photography Norwich

About Lee Blanchflower Limited

Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.

 

 

 

Christmas Horror Films – The Killer Top 5

Christmas Horror Films

It’s Here – The Top 5 Greatest Christmas Horror Films Ever

It’s going to be a Merry Bloody Christmas.. Literally… The season to be jolly is on it’s way and Christmas Horror Films are always an awesome watch for Avid Slasher fans. It’s two weeks to go and and we’ve put together what we think is the ultimate Top 5 Christmas Horror Films out there. Some of you will be letting out a blood curdling scream as your favourites may very well be missing.. But as we all know.. Horror is one of those killer subjects that not everybody will agree on. These are my favourites choices and that’s really all that matters. If you disagree, then leave a comment and more importantly… YOUR OWN TOP 5. So here we go…

No:5 Santa’s Slay

What if Santa Claus really isn’t the cheerful, over-sized elf that Clement Clarke Moore and Coca-Cola would have us believe he is? Instead, imagine he was actually the son of Satan who lost a bet to one of God’s angels. As a result of the bet, the demon seed had to give up his yearly day of death and destruction and instead deliver Christmas presents for a thousand years. Now, it’s 2005, and he’s looking to “spread a little Yuletide fear!” It’s up to sixteen year old Nicholas, his eccentric grandfather, and one of Nicholas’s female co-workers to stop Santa from dismembering everything in his sight. This Christmas will be a violent night of chaos, with Santa smashing his way through town. Local boy Nicholas, his girlfriend Mac and his crazy Grandfather are the only ones who know the truth about Santa and can save their town and the world.

 You’ll get a good laugh with this Christmas Horror Film. I recommend this for anybody looking for a good Christmas themed horror, however, but it’s whole kitsch camped up style may end up putting some people off. It’s something you’re only going to want to watch at Christmas.. I mean, honestly, who watched Christmas Horror Films from January to November? Not me.  The frights are not really there , and even some of the humor will probably not be funny to a lot of people. If you’re in the right mood, there are some fun moments and as a Christmas Film, everything is pretty spot on.  It’s all about festive fun and Santa’s Slay deserves a spot in the Top 5, even if it tails in at No:5.

No:4 The Children

Two families meet at an isolated, snow-covered home to see in the New Year. Slowly, the young children become infected by an unexplained virus that drives them to murder their parents. Creepy kids have long been a staple in horror films and this sharp British chiller carefully builds mood and character before letting all hell break loose with grisly gusto.

Making strong use of the isolated, snowed-in setting, The Children proves as effective in its series of set pieces as it does in the simmering dysfunctions of the seasonal family get-together.

The film is a relentless mood of rising hysteria fuels this British horror film, as the children of two families brought together for a quiet Christmas turn into adult-attacking mini-murderers.

Is it a virus? A dream? Did everyone die before the film actually started? Doesn’t matter: the mystery only adds to the creepiness of the situation. Clunky backstories, pointless romantic interludes and trite explanations are all sidestepped here.On the other hand, the violence is skilfully enough executed to make you think you see much more than you actually do and the fundamentally disturbing and creepy aspects about such random and unpredictable child-centric mayhem are always present, no matter how ludicrously intense and darkly humorous things get.

 

The Children (2008)

Intelligently playing on its young families’ parental insecurities and anxieties, the kids soon become a murderous mirror to the increasingly tense adult dynamics within the house. “They’re like a sponge at this age” says one mother, but on this New Year’s Eve of the Damned, said sponge happens to be wielding a kitchen knife. %his contender definitely made the No:3 spot with style.

 

Christmas Horror Films No:3 Rare Exports

Rare Exports

The No:3 Spot for this year’s Top 5 Christmas Horror Films goes to Rare Exports  Rare Exports is a subtitled Finnish production that pays a great homage to Mr joe Dante. The story centres around the original Santa Claus legend – a withered, wild beast of a Claus, who really would chill the very of the naughty kids out there. He’s a child eating makes Santa with an army of sick naked old man elves who stir up a huge hornets nest of  horror. A young boy named Pietari  and his friend think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, this a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend. When Pietari’s father captures a feral old man in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing. If you can stand a Christmas Film with Subtitles, this is a Must See.general traditions of westernised Christmas and Santa is an Epic guy

Christmas Horror Films

Rare Exports - Christmas Horror Films

It’s an Epic piece of cinematography and takes the viewer on a journey that leaves the subtitles behind as it sucks the audience into the story. It’s not often that half way through a foreign subtitled film, that you suddenly realise that it could almost be in English (I found the same thing with Pans Labyrinth) Seen through a child’s eyes, Rare Exports takes the Number 3 spot this Christmas for it’s originality and the scariest Santa helpers you’re ever likely to see. Merry Christmas. It only vaguely misses No:2 but because this Top 5 is about Christmas Horror Films, The next two just slide through the Christmas Snow and pip Rare Exports at the Post.

Christmas Horror Films – No:2 Silent Night

Christmas Horror Films

Now this is not just a straight forward remake of SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, but it kind of  pays a little homage during a few key moments that avid horror watches should pick up on straight away. If you remember how Linnea Quigley dies in the original film, then this remake is a bout as close as you can get. I really like this film. It’s got some decent gore but along the way, it does have a plot and really stands it’s ground as a Christmas / Horror / Slasher / Bloodthirsty piece of work.  It sits above that B Movie line, but doesn’t quite make it into the world of great films, which is a shame. Christmas Horror Films like most Christmas Films, are pretty thin on the ground so it does make for a great seasonal slasher and is does make my Christmas Horror Film Watch list every year along with all the rest on the list.

After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. It’s the night before Christmas, and not a creature is stirring-except for a psycho axe murderer disguised as Santa. When Sheriff Cooper and Deputy Aubrey Bradimore investigate a horrific mass homicide at a local motel on Christmas Eve. Aubrey Bradimore (Jamie King), the deputy of a small Midwestern town is forced to hunt for the killer.

Christmas Horror Films

Christmas Horror Films No:1 Krampus (2015)

Not to be confused with the whole plethora of other Krampus films, this Krampus is classed as a Horror / Comedy and takes the number one spot for a number of reasons. It’s the newest Festive Horror film to hit our screens in a while. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. As a Christmas Horror Film it’s right up there with the best.

The film is deemed as comedy but it’s not really that hilarious and lacks a little bit of the scare factor that would make it superb. Krampus is so holiday / christmas and brings togetherthe typical bickering family, elderly relatives, folk lore and a ton of snow. I personally have to keep watching it and I can compare it the whole gremlins with a slightly more modern twist. The one hing that spois it is the ‘Nightnare Before Christmas meets Coroline style animation that just didn’t need to be there, but forgicving this element, the story moves quickly and the whole opening scene of carnage combined with Bing Crosby grabs you from the very start. The PG-13 rating means ypou can entertain the kids with this. My 11 year old thought it was amusing and funny and not disturbing.

Krampus takes the No:1 for a combination of reasons. The cinematography is well shot, the story moves, it couldn’t get much Christmasy unless you dropped National Lampoons Christmas Vacation into the scene. Not for everybody, but then what film is? Merry Bloody Christams!