Rating: 5.5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 12/10/2019
When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.
Length 80 minutes
Matt Long | Jocelin Donahue | Mark Kelly | Archie Hahn | Diva Zappa | Diane Sellers | Amanda Fuller | Maria Olsen | Megan Duffy | Constance Wu | Brea Grant | Tiffany Elle | Michelle DeFraites | Axelle Carolyn | Katie Parker | Larry Zerner | Chase Williamson | Morgan Peter Brown | Peter Cilella | Lauren Lakis | Matt Mercer | Graham Skipper | Jonathan Kite | Craig Lee Thomas | Makeda Declet | Connie Ventress | Ian Gregory | Ashley Clements | Jesse Merlin | Stephanie Drake | Josh Drennen | Alexander Ward | John Humphrey | Edward Hong | Jared Rivet | Herve Clermont | Shane Carpenter
Was waiting for December to finally watch this movie given it’s specifically a horror anthology geared towards Christmas. As soon as it started and I saw Graham Skipper I thought, “oh it’s gonna be one of *those* movies!” By that I mean one of those films made within that circle of friends of the new crop of horror filmmakers in Los Angeles, i.e. Joe Begos, Graham, Matt Mercer, Jackson Stewart, et al. That was confirmed only minutes later with the first segment featuring Chase Williamson and Jocelin Donahue, whom I love.
Overall this is a mixed bag. Some decent stuff and some not so good stuff. For example, the first segment is great. The second segment w/the girls and van is pretty good. Then it starts to go downhill from there. The horror take on the Christmas Carol is eh. The deer revenge is so amateurish in its execution. That final segment w/Constance Wu (!) is interesting but just okay. I like the wraparound and neat recognizing the theater patrons like Axelle and Elric but this isn’t a horror anthology I’d recommend.
It’s worth viewing for fans of all the mentioned above but there’s really nothing quite as clever or uniformly good as the better anthologies out there (Scare Package, TrT, Creepshow, etc.). The microbudget is evident. What surprised me most is that I figured Rebekah would deliver something really special given her history and experience w/the genre. Hell, she’s a professor on the subject. What it shows is that there’s a hella lot more involved in making a good horror flick than knowledge of the genre.