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Jolly old St. Nick goes rogue in two dark tales that will leave you wondering: what evil lurks behind that snow-white beard and red cap? First, underground-animation legend Bill Plympton reveals the untold story of Kris Kringle’s disturbing flirtation with authoritarianism in the black-comic alternate history SANTA, THE FASCIST YEARS. Then, mild-mannered bank teller Elliott Gould finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Christopher Plummer’s psychotic shopping-mall Santa in the 1978 heist thriller THE SILENT PARTNER, a Hitchcockian tour de force of nerve-twisting tension that features an early appearance by John Candy and an unforgettable bit of grisly business with a fish tank.