Santageddon – Christmas Horror Comedy from Turtle Canyon Comedy

SANTAGEDDON – A Christmas comedy-horror

All Kung Fu is life and death especially at Christmas


Turtle Canyon Comedy presents comedian Matthew Highton’s, directorial debut, entitled ‘Santageddon’. With an all-star comedy cast of Gemma Whelan, Nick Helm, John Kearns, Bec Hill, Joz Norris, Stuart Laws, Bob Slayer and Matthew himself, this short film sees all the conventions of B Movie horror played for laughs. Santageddon is an extension of the online supernatural sketch show the ‘Thinking Shower’ that has already built a devoted audience.

The film itself will was premiered in the very building it was shot, a flagship derelict Lyons department store turned into a Christmas pop up venue as part of ‘Heroes: Grotto of Comedy’ on the 18th of December.


The plot sees a group of friends who decide to spend Christmas Eve in an old dilapidated department store. However, when one of them wanders off, after being reminded of past Christmas horrors, things start to go awry. Pursued by Christmas nasties and fighting for their lives, will this band of Kung-Fu experts make it through the night?

‘Santageddon’ harks back to the glory days of VHS when edits were rough and continuity was optional. Influenced by low budget horror films such as the Evil Dead and taking acting lessons from cult classics like Samurai Cop it brings together some of the best and freshest names within the UK comedy scene.

Nick Helm – Winner British Comedy Awards Breakthrough Artist 2014, Star of Uncle and Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment.

Gemma Whelan – West End star, Mapp and Lucia, Wolfman and many more, Winner Funny Women 2010

John Kearns – Winner Fosters Comedy Award 2014, Winner Fosters Comedy Award Newcomer 2013, Star of upcoming Hot Cops.

Bec Hill – Time Outs Top 10 comedians. Star of Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Russian Roulette

Pat Cahill – Star of Dave’s One Night Stand, Channel 4 Blaps, Winner Chortle Best Newcomer 2012 and New Act of the Year

Stuart Laws – Star of Becoming Batman, ‘Very Funny’ New York Times

Joz Norris – BBC Radio 4’s The Comedy Interviews, Award Nominee – Outstanding Supporting Actor, LA WebFest 2015

Bob Slayer – Malcolm Hardee Award Winner Edinburgh Fringe (Nominated 2010 & 2011 for Comic Originality)

and featuring the writer and director himself Matthew Highton.

‘Santageddon’ is the perfect blend of comedy and lo-fi horror, playing for laughs, whilst lovingly using the conventions of horror, it has the makings of a cult classic. Warning: it’s actually scary and has some adult language.

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Produced by Turtle Canyon Comedy, a dynamic and independent production company based at Pinewood Studios for the last 12 years. Established in 2012, they have become experts in delivering unique, passionate comedy that is finding a worldwide audience. They have achieved regular viral success, have featured consistently on The Poke, British Comedy Guide, Chortle, Upworthy, The Mirror, Evening Standard and The Daily Star, are closing in on 1 million views online and their short films have played at festivals around the world. They’ve produced pilots, short films and online shows with talent as talented and diverse as Robert Lindsay, Julia Davis, Dave Fulton, the sketch duo Toby, Nick Helm, James Acaster, David Trent, Sam Simmons, Nish Kumar, Joel Dommett and Annie McGrath.


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