Movie Review: A Christmas Horror Story

The latest in the anthology trend, Directors Grant Harvey, Steve Hoban, and Brett Sullivan brings you interwoven tales that take place on Christmas with a little horror twist. While there are elements of creativity here the movie as a whole just didn’t have what it took to leave an impression.

This movie is told in 4 tales from the perspective views of high schoolers who investigate an urban legend, A family who sets out to the woods to get the perfect Christmas tree and return home with more than they bargained for, Krampus himself bringing the pain to a spoiled sinful family, and old Saint Nick himself dealing with zombie elves.

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Movie Review: Sisters

The dynamic funny duo are back with their latest comedy that proves that 80’s still RULE, women actors need to get paid more, and a comedy even a raunchy one can still be charming with a lot of heart.

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This updated Can’t Hardly Wait brings two sisters, Maura and Kate Ellis together played by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey respectively, who throw the party of the year in their childhood home before its sold to new owners.

Can I just say that this movie is one of the funniest comedies I have seen this year. I was laughing from beginning to end. It was a much needed laugh as well. These two are funny women and funnier when they are together. Their chemistry together are so good that playing sisters is second nature to them.

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Movie Review: Star Wars The Force Awakens

So you have heard all the fanboys, film critics and Sci-fi geek lovers who grew up with Star Wars talk about the film. With the record breaking numbers and people sleeping for days just to be the first in line for the premiere. The movie clearly is getting rave reviews. Why is my opinion different from most? I am actually NOT a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise. DOM DOM DOM!!!!

Are you still with me?  Ill give you a second to roll your eyes and shake your head in disappointment……..

Okay keep reading below.

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Movie Review: In the Heart of the Sea

While bringing some award winning performances and great visual sets. Ron Howard’s latest project lacks the action pack epic battle I am sure many of you were looking forward to from the trailer.

65812Think of this drama in the same tone as Finding Neverland or Ever After. This movie is told in flashbacks while someone listens to a story that will later inspire one of the greatest novels we all know. In this case that tale is Moby Dick.

Ben Whishaw plays Herman Melville, the author of the would be Moby Dick, seeking one of the survivors to come clean about what exactly happened while him and his crew were out to see. He finds crew member Tom Nickerson (Brandon Gleeson) who is dealing with those demons and uses this opportunity to speak openly about it. That is when we are taken back to 1820.

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Movie Review: Do I sound gay?

“Do I sound gay? No, seriously, do I sound gay?” This is not a quote from the movie but something that I have said once or twice in my life after coming out. I heard of this documentary last year. Not many opportunities to go to festivals to check movies like these but found out it was on Netflix and wanted to watch it right away.

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Director David Thorpe

David Thorpe, brings this question to light for millions of people to see and start the conversation. The subject: One of the MANY stereotypes gay men have to endure that apparently define us as a person and sexual preference. Our voice. Can our voice determine if someone is straight or gay? He decides to make a film interviewing celebrities, friends, family, and randoms on the street on the subject. He also decides to research and take speech classes to “man up” his voice and sound more “straight”.

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Why I approve this latest trend in movie ideas.

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While still yearning for original movie plots, hearing about a sequel to a movie nowadays is not so bad anymore because of the current direction these movies are being developed. At least for now anyways.

When you see a movie do extremely well at the box office and with audiences you notice that every company comes out with their own version. That is when the latest trend is developed. Some trends include Vampire movies, Zombie movies, remakes/reboots, and the latest Superhero/Comic book movies.

We are getting a lot of sequels to movies again. While that is definitely an ongoing trend that will never go away. I’ve notice in the past few years we are getting direct sequels to movies that have been made over 10 yrs ago. The average sequel to a blockbuster hit in my opinion gets made an average 5 yrs after the previous. We have definitely shown disgust in the lack of original ideas and just popping out sequels like a pregnant rabbit just for a quick buck. However, there have been some great follow ups being released from movies that haven’t seen the big screen since the 80’s and 90’s.

best-man-holiday.pngI first noticed this when Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Studios decided to do a follow up to The Best Man (1999) with Best Man Holiday (2013). The movie was highly successful and also a surprise hit as titles like these are usually released directly to DVD. I know that I loved the movie and even though there was a 14 yr gap between both films, there was still a fanbase for it and it worked well. According to Boxofficemojo.com the movie grossed $72,835,710 worldwideWhich is pretty good. The movie is also getting a sequel due to its success.

veronica-mars-movie-poster-mainAt the time, I thought that was a great idea and welcomed more like it. Next I noticed that a small UPN show Veronica Mars after being off the air for almost 7 yrs decided to throw a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to not only make a follow up to the series which didn’t have a closing episode to wrap up the show, be made for the big screen. That is a big risk for a show that ran three seasons on TV. However it worked. Fans put up the dough and the movie was made. While the movie didn’t do well financially only making half of the cost of the movie grossed $3,517,027 compared to production cost of $6 million dollars just on 347 screens worldwide. The movie still had positive feedback to the movie and the idea alone to make this movie. The movie received a 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.

mad-max-fury-road-poster-1Then you have Mad Max: Fury Road, which was just voted best movie of 2015 by the International Federation of Film Critics according to the Hollywood Reporter. That sequel came after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome which was released back in 1985. That’s a 30 yr gap. Fury road grossed $375,836,354 worldwide. That’s amazing and the movie was great too.

 

It doesn’t stop there with movies like Dumb and Dumber (1994) to Dumb and Dumber to (2014) if you don’t count the horrible direct to dvd prequel When Harry met Lloyd. Vacation (2015) following theatrical release Vegas Vacation (1997).

The latest being Jurassic world (2015) as a follow up direct sequel to Jurassic Park III (2001) another 14yr gap. That movie is one of the highest grossing movies of all time with $1,668,912,312 worldwide. With sequels to that coming up as well.

What I like about what is going on here is that these movies have been allowed to breathe and become classics. They have all created a foundation in movie history while some not as popular but definitely not forgotten. It makes sense to come out with a sequel to a hit right away to keep the momentum going and our attention focused on the franchise so it doesn’t slip through the cracks. These movies that I’ve mentioned prove that you can wait a while before making a sequel right away and still be a success.

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Clearly this new trend isn’t going anywhere with films like Star Wars (30+ yrs later) Gremlins (25+ yrs later) Zoolander (15 yrs later) Bill and Ted adv (25+ yrs later) Aliens (20+ yrs later) and Kill Bill (TBD at least 10+ yrs later) are all getting direct sequels. NO reboots or remakes for these titles. I think that is awesome and look forward to more. I am still hoping for a Goonies sequel one day.

Are there any movies that I have missed and didn’t mention that you love?What movies from the past would you love to see be made into a sequel? Geek out in the comments below. Thanks for reading moviegeeks.

Movie review: Krampus

Krampus gives us a look into an urban legend played out on screen with little laughs, a few scares, but with a great lesson to be told. Love thy family during the holidays or you are doomed.

For those that know me, they know that I love a good horror movie. If I am not being scared by them than I would rather have a laugh and a good time while watching. Michael Dougherty co wrote and directed this fun horror comedy once again involving one of the greatest holidays of the year. Before it was Trick r’ Treat, which has become one of my favorite movies of all times. Now it’s Krampus.

Related: My top faves of Anti-Christmas movies. Those darker movies that still gives you that Christmas feel.

This movie shows what happens when you decide to be naughty for Christmas and don’t have the Christmas spirit. This tale focuses on a very Dysfunctional family who get together every year for Christmas but would rather not be with each other as there is lots of resentment, jealousy, and hate throughout the members. In the center is Max (Emjay Anthony), a hopeful child who still believes in Santa, even though he is old enough to know he is not real and is the only one that wants the family to get along and have Christmas be like it use to be. Unfortunately, the family brings his spirits down and instead of being hopeful he is full of rage and accidentally summons the demon Krampus to wreak havoc on the family.

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“His name is Krampus. He and his helpers did not come to give, but to take.”

If you think your family is bad, this family led by Toni Collette & Adam Scott will make your family look like the Brady Bunch. Right from the start we are given plenty of examples as to why this family needs HOURS of therapy. That pretty much takes the first 20 mins of the movie. You will get most of the laughs during this time segment.

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(Left to Right) Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tolman, David Koechner, and Concheta Ferrell

Each family member with their own way of making your jaw drop in shock or a good laugh with blunt honesty in regards to each other. Once the demon is summoned, I’ll tell you the first appearance of the Christmas ghoul is definitely creepy. Bringing his helpers and bags of tricks keeps you interested in “what will they come up with next” feeling. When you think horror comedy you think you are going to get cheesy effects or laughable deaths but this movie actually took a serious tone in my opinion. The family drama was real, the danger and the need to take care of each other was real as well.

They used less CGI and more practical effects. I thought that was a great idea. Something you would see out of a Jim Henson film but darker. Think Dark Crystal mixed with Demonic Toys. Kudos if you know what those movies are. There is a flashback sequence that I think gives the movie a unique signature to what Dougherty’s work is. All the actors held their own. I really enjoyed Emjay’s (Max) acting in this. That kid is going places. Seeing as this movie is PG-13 you are not going to get the creative bloody murder you saw in Trick r’ Treat but the suspense is still there. This is definitely a great example of what a Anti-Christmas movie is giving you creepy and camp all with Christmas songs and a whimsical score in the background to make it authentic. While I could have used some more fright in this film I didn’t find this a waste of time at all.

+1 Fun and camp through and through
+1 Great acting for a horror comedy. You care for this family
+1 Nice fun script and intro to the Krampus story
+1/2 recommendation. This movie isn’t for anyone that is looking for a bloody horror movie. More camp than frightening.
0 replay value. Not worth seeing more than once.

Total 3 1/2 points out of 5 points Camp but not much laughs. Suspense but wasted opportunity on horror.

What did you think of the movie Krampus? Geek out in the comments. Thanks for reading.