’Tis early for Yuletide musings, but the culture has forced my hand. No, no, it’s not that the stores have already given over my beloved pumpkin spice for Christmas treats and decor — I can ignore that. I’ve stocked up on pumpkin spice, same as I have on ammo. So I’m good.
But… the trailer for Fatman has dropped.
It’s probably nothing to be proud of, but I think I’m the target audience for this movie. Mel Gibson has given himself over to the batshit crazy, high-mileage true wild man that he is. Yes, the Fatman is Chris Cringle. Santa Claus. And
Boyd Crowder Walt Goggins Skinny Man is hunting him in a film the creators describe as:
“A superhero film wrapped in a thriller dipped in Western and sprinkled with satire.”
Yeah, of course I’m in. Especially given the fact that Santa packs a Walker Colt. Yes, he does.
Longtime readers know that I love Christmas and Santa and all that — just not the bland, safe Empire-of-Nothing version. I want the Old, Weird Santa — the pagan, folkloric wild man coming out of the Germanic forests like Odin leading the Wild Hunt.
And who better than Mad Mel to bring that figure of legend into the 21st Century?
A few years back, a comic writer named Grant Morrison produced a saga called Klaus that takes the “jolly old elf” back to the dark and dangerous woods from whence he sprang. Some critic slagged off on it, dismissing it as “psychedelic Yule-Conan.” Which, by Crom, just makes me want to pick it up this year.
There’s a whole genre of “Badass Santa” art to be found out there in the tangled mire of the interwebs. Some of it is pretty damn compelling. I mean, don’t you want to know THIS old man’s story?
And, truly, “Badass Santa” is more in keeping with the old magic of Christmas, and more in keeping with these strange, turbulent times, where malevolent spirits stalk our world. Badass Santa hearkens back to the weird and wild Germanic taproot of an unkempt, interesting — and noble — Tannenbaum far superior to the perfect, symmetrical product of some tree farm.
Here’s to the Fatman and his Walker Colt and to all the Wild Santas out there. We need you.