The 12 Disasters of Christmas

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The 12 Disasters of Christmas
Mysterious objects falling from the sky and raining destruction on a mountainous rural landscape
Australian DVD cover
Written by
Directed bySteven R. Monroe[2][3]
Music byMichael Neilson
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States[3]
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)John Prince[2]
CinematographyAnthony C. Metchie
Editor(s)Christopher A. Smith
Running time90 minutes[4]
Production company(s)
Original networkSyfy[1][2]
Original releaseDecember 8, 2012 (2012-12-08)

The 12 Disasters of Christmas (alternatively written as 12 Disasters of Christmas; released on DVD as 12 Disasters) is a Canadian-American[3] science fiction action television film produced for Syfy in 2012 and directed by Steven R. Monroe.[2]


Illustration of "five gold rings", from the first known publication of "The 12 Days of Christmas" (1780)

In a small town called Calvary, a rain of ice spears puts everyone on notice. Just before Jacey's (Magda Apanowicz) grandmother dies, she gives a mystical ring to her explaining that she is the chosen one to stop the end of the world prophesied by the Maya for December 21, 2012.[2][6] Jacey was born right at Christmas, her parents are named Joseph (Ed Quinn) and Mary (Holly Elissa), and the solution is in the hidden message of the popular Christian holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas",[7] where a different disaster corresponds to each day and the "five gold rings" provide a messianic gift.



The 12 Disasters of Christmas first premiered on the Syfy network on December 8, 2012 at 9PM Eastern.[2][8] It became Syfy's most watched television film on its premiere since February 2013.[9] The DVD version was released on January 6, 2014.[4]


The film received negative ratings, but critics have noted that the film is entertaining despite its lack of quality. The New York Times stated that "the movie gets an F in most of the traditional critical categories. Dialogue? F. Coherence? F. But in terms of serving as a counterweight to the syrupy fare that clogs almost every other network at this time of year, this ridiculous mess earns an A+."[2] The New York Daily News gave the film one star out of five, opining that "some bad movies just bore you, while others create a perverse fascination, an aura that keeps you watching in the hope they will never get better. The Twelve Disasters of Christmas does not. It stays true to the path on which it embarked, seemingly never troubled for a second by concern for trivial matters like, oh, dialogue or plot."[7] The A.V. Club gave the film a D rating stating "...comes closer to so-bad-it's-good territory than any SyFy Original Movie in recent memory."[10]


  1. ^ a b "The 12 Disasters of Christmas". Syfy. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Genzingler, Neil (December 7, 2012). "Good Will to All? Not if the World Ends". The New York Times. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The 12 Disasters of Christmas (2012)". DigiGuide. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "The 12 Disasters of Christmas (2012). Movie Info. Cast". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "The 12 Disasters of Christmas Cast". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  6. ^ The German DVD title is Das Ende der Welt - Die 12 Prophezeiungen der Maya, meaning The End of the World - The 12 Prophecies of Maya.
  7. ^ a b Hinckley, David (December 8, 2012). "TV review: 'The Twelve Disasters of Christmas'". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 13, 2012). "The End of the World Nears in Syfy's Original Movie '12 Disasters of Christmas' on Saturday, December 8". TV By The Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 11, 2012). "Syfy's '12 Disasters of Christmas' Becomes Channel's Most Watched Original Movie in Nearly a Year With 2.1 Million Total Viewers". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  10. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (December 8, 2012). "12 Disasters Of Christmas". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved December 24, 2012.

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