“Fatman” Gets Post-Christmas Home Video Release

Fatman, the dark action-comedy starring Mel Gibson as Santa Claus, won't be available to buy for naughty boys and girls in time for Christmas. Instead, it will arrive a month later on Blu-ray and DVD. When Chris Cringle leaves a lump of coal in one 12-year-old's stocking, the kid does what anyone in his position would do: hire a crazy hitman (Walton Goggins) to take out the North Pole's jolliest resident.

The film hails from the Nelms Brothers, whose Small Town Crime wowed audiences at SXSW in 2017. This one got decidedly mixed reviews, as most critics agreed it was a great premise poorly executed. Those who want to decide for themselves can get it right now from most digital rental services.

But for established fans and those who want to dive right in to this twisted Christmas tale, they can buy the film on January 26, 2021.



About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.