Movie Reviews 214 – Troll Hunter (2010)

March 26, 2015

trolljägaren-(2010)After having a surprise hit with zombie Nazis in 2009 with Dead Snow, the Norwegian film industry surprised us again the following year with Troll Hunter picking up genre fandom awards and lots of great press.

After reading the rave reviews for this offbeat movie I was a little distressed to learn that it adopts the dreaded ‘found footage’ format, one that I’ve never been a fan of and one that I find filmmakers take too many liberties with. But I’m glad to say that the format works here for two reasons. The first  reason is that the movie is a light toned mockumentary so we’re not supposed to take the found footage too serious in the first place. The second is that it avoids the pit fall of using the format to conveniently obscure the ‘monsters’ the viewers are promised. On the contrary, if you’re watching with a hunger to see actual trolls, this movie delivers in spades. In fact one of that great achievements is the fantastic job they did designing the Trolls in great detail and doing it justice with the CGI.

A trio of young journalist filmmakers decide to follow up on the story of a bear poacher, one for which a particular reclusive hunter has been tagged by licensed hunters as the obvious culprit for the bear carcases that have been turning up. The trio start following the poacher to try to catch him in the act. Instead they learn that he is on a mission to stop trolls that have been popping up all over the countryside, and he uses bear carcases as decoys to explain away the actual prey the trolls has gotten to, the animals and the odd human here and there.

But the hunter is fed up of the solitude and secrecy he has been harboring for many years, all covertly sanctioned by a select few others, one being a government TSS (Troll Security Service) lackey. He rebels and decides to tell everything about the long history of trolls and troll hunting to his new found friends and brings them along for the hunt.

While lots of details remain obscure, the hunter gives us a taxonomy of trolls, from the smallest Ringlefinch to the mighty Jötnar. We learn why some have three heads, what they like to eat, and how they turn to stone (and occasionally blow up). It’s all good fun and a long overdue Troll movie since we were subjected to Troll 2.

I had so much fun, I’m going to dust off my other Norwegian DVDs post haste: Dead Snow and Cold Prey.

Ser deg seinare! (See you later!)

Movie Reviews 213 – Switchblade Sisters (1975)

March 17, 2015

Switchblade SistersQuentin Tarantino describes director Jack Hill as “the Howard Hawks of exploitation movies” and given that Hill created movies as diverse as Spider baby and Coffy and has also written movies like The Terror and Dementia 13, the comparison seems fitting.

Released as one of Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder feature DVDs, Switchblade Sisters, is part gang movie, part female prison and part girls gone wild. The ‘success’ (and I put that in quotes because you have to appreciate this kind of movie) is that it is really greater than the sum of all it’s parts. The acting is suspect, the script is a joke, the sex is only suggestive, the blood is scant, and even the promised violence (when not hysterically funny based on inexperienced stunt fighters) is lame. Even the climactic final death scene is only conveyed via a projected shadow. But somehow, when you put it all together, it’s fun to watch much like going back in time and watching a cheesy 60’s cop show. Only with a lower budget and standards.

Lace (Robbie Lee) is the lacy camisole wearing leader of a girl gang called the Dagger Debs, so named on account that they are the female constituents of the Silver Dagger gang, led by her boyfriend Dominic (Asher Brauner).  Wanting to impress the Silver Daggers one day at the local dinner, the Debs decide to clear out all the other customers so that they can take over the tables. But one lone innocent looking dinner they try to chase out proves to be more than a handful. Maggie (Joanne Nail) fights back and soon earns the respect of the girls. Well all the girls except for Patch (Monica Gail) who bore the brunt of Maggie’s defence in that first encounter. Holding a grudge, Patch decides to get even and does so by making Lace believe that Maggie has sights on taking over the girls and nabbing Dominic as well. Patch’s manipulation of Lace creates an ever growing wedge among the gang, one that soon turns deadly when a rival gang is forced to share territory.

 

The movie is rich with groovy street talk, funky cringe worthy clothes and roller skating rink scenes but the retro illusion is shattered by the simplistic dialogue and unrealistic situations. The movie tries to be both a high school comedy with corny classroom jokes and a tough gang movie that just doesn’t ring true. But if you can elevate yourself over the superficial aspects, it becomes enjoyable for what it attempts to pull off. Even though the characters are silly, you are drawn into all the scheming amongst the girls and want to see who wins out in the end.

Sadly Hill regular Sid Haig sat this one out. His acting skills could have been used as all the male actor’s really miss the mark and are unconvincing douches. When it comes to the girls, Lee’s high pitched nasal voice (which she later made good use of as a voice actor for kiddie shows) is beyond annoying here. But Nail and Gail are more credible which was needed to keep audience interest just enough. Not as good as some of Jack Hill’s other movies, but still a must for his fans.

11/22/63 – Stephen King (2011)

March 7, 2015

11-22-63-coverNever one to be pegged into a hole, horror meister Stephen King has dabbled into many other genres before including mystery (The Colorado Kid) and fantasy (The Dark Tower series) and even plain drama (The Shawshank Redemption). He even wrote the underrated science fiction The Running Man, under his Richard Bachman non de plume. But writing a science fiction time travel story was stretch even for him. And what better topic to tackle than the assassination of JFK, one of the most controversial and conspiracy ladled event in history.

Jake Epping is a simple, middle of the road school teacher when Al, the owner of his favorite dinner, confronts him with an impossible yet incontrovertible time travel portal that he stumbled upon at the back of his storage room. The quirk of the portal is that it places travelers to a specific time and place, 11:58 a.m. September 9,1958, Lisbon Falls, Maine, every time they enter. Once they return, they have lost exactly two minutes in contemporary time regardless of the time they have spent in the past. Al, now visibly order after having just returned from a multi-year trip to the past, then tells James of his master plan to reconcile one of recent history’s greatest misfortunes, the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, an act that he believes could eliminate the Vietnam war and other tragedies.

Al used to make regular pilgrimages to the past, regularly buying extremely cheap meat that he brought back to sell in his dinner. When Al got the idea to make meaningful changes he traced and followed Lee Harvey Oswald up until a short time before the alleged actual shooting, taking detailed notes of every aspect he could, but not being able to avert the killing himself. Now on his deathbed, he wants Jake to take his notes and follow through to change history.

With some trepidation Jake agrees, but only by first trying to correct another crime earlier, opting to change the life of one of his former students. But changing history is tricky business. The harmonic forces of nature fight back and the bigger the change you’re trying to effect the greater the push back. After averting a murder that would impact the formative years of his future student, Jake returns only to learn that while he did positively impact his students conditions growing up, the end result was not what he expected.

But now convinced he could can change history, he decides to forge ahead (well, not ahead, behind in fact) and sacrifice going back to 1958 again, and then living out the intervening years until the title date of 22nd November 1963, the date that Kennedy was killed. Jake takes on an entirely new persona in the past, but road to complete his mission does not only encounter natural forces putting up stumbling blocks, life gets in the way. Jake discovers that the past can be quite, comforting and innocent place, devoid of modern nuisances. And then he meets Sadie…

Clocking in at 840 odd pages 11/22/63 is what I like to call a Brick novel. The second trip back for the actual Kennedy mission starts only slightly before halfway point of novel. So the novel is really two journeys, the first laying the foundation and some of the ground rules for time travel. That is not to say that this is a padded novel. King manages to hold interest throughout, most of it being quite riveting. If anything, the pace loses a bit of steam after the ‘event’ and some tough decisions that have to be made by Jake. But the distinction between the first and second time travel trips can almost be considered as two great stories for the price of one, both trips peppered with anecdotal historical events which in themselves can be engaging. In short, another great King novel.

Movie Reviews 212 – So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

March 5, 2015

So I Married an Axe MurdererFollowing in the wake of Wayne’s World, Mike Myers’ “So I Married an Axe Murderer” was a disappointment at the box office and a film that has been pretty much forgotten since. But those fortunate enough to get their hands on this lost gem are in for a surprise. For one thing, this is 100% the Mike Myers we know and love for all his daring humour, comedic voices, and witty antics, not some watered down, phoned in effort. And the movie has plenty of surprises, all good ones.

Charlie Mackenzie (Myers) has a history of failed relationships. Whenever things get serious he ends up convincing himself that his companions are flawed for the most obscure of reasons. When he falls for Harriet (Nancy Travis) who runs an international butcher shop, he finally thinks he’s met the right woman. But when her profile and some elements of her past line up with a tabloid murderess on the lam, he becomes convinced that he may be her next victim.

The laughs roar right from the start of the movie as Charlie performs a beatnik poetry routine at a bohemian club, a routine he goes through for every woman he dumps. After picking up some haggis at Harriet’s meat shop we are then subjected to his Scottish family, boasting a portrait “Scottish Wall of Fame” (Sean Connery and Jackie Stewart being most prominent), while the The Bay City Rollers bellows in the background. This is where we are treated to Myers playing the dual role of Charlie’s dad, an raunchy old time Scotsman who walks around the house in his underwear, curses a blue streak and comically insults everything and everyone including all family members. Watching and listening to Myers play a bigoted Scottish fart is reason enough to watch this movie.

While not a perfect movie (I figured out who the real killer was almost as soon as the character appeared onscreen), it is undeniably a funny movie and has scores of well known comedians in small roles including Phil Hartman, Steven Wright, Michael Richards and one of my personal favorites, Alan Arkin. Arkin plays a mild mannered police chief to Charlie’s best friend Tony (Anthony LaPaglia) who joined the Police force based on all the cop shows and movies he watched as a kid. When the reality of what a daily cop routine is really like depresses him, he convinces his chief to be more like “the nasty loud mouth chief in Starsky and Hutch”.

One of the biggest surprises for me was the great performance by the charming Travis, an actress I was not familiar with and which I questioned as to why I haven’t seen her in more movies like this.

So the next time you can’t find your copy of Wayne’s World 2, or Austin Powers in Goldmember, plunk in this movie instead. You won’t be disappointed. Party on!

Movie Reviews 211 – Curse of the Wolf (2006)

March 4, 2015

Curse of the WolfAnother entry from the The Midnight Horror Collection: Blood Predators, Curse of the Wolf could just as aptly be called “Curse of the Neophyte Movie Maker Doing Just About Everything Wrong”. OK maybe that’s a bit harsh, but I consider myself a seasoned (and hardened) Z movie watcher with plenty of ‘first movies’ on my cinematic watching regimen that I can spot all the novice mistakes that many first time directors fall into and watching this one was like ticking of that checklist of gaffes.

The prologue scene before the credits went so long I was convinced they skipped them entirely until the pounding metal music sizzled my eardrum while near illegible goth scrawl appeared with the requisite flaming background. But even worse was the first twenty minutes showing a girl running away from a group of lycantropes (semi werewolf/humans) without much explanation. When we finally get one it’s all muddled with with group fight scenes that seem to pop up every ten minutes. I swear that director Len Kabasinski must have recruited the rest of the cast from his local Tae Kwon Do or Karate school since just about every character did a 360 twist head kick.

Dakota (Renee Porada) wants out of the clan and she’s taking some drugs normally dispensed by veterinarians to keep retain her human side. The clan’s loquacious leader is urged to forget about the the girl from most of followers, but stubbornly persists in having her come back. The  movie settles down a bit by the second half when Dakota befriends a bunch bar regulars who decide to come to her aid. Needless to say they too all went to the same Dojo as they are equally trained in leaping head kicks.

Most of the movie is underlit so you can barely make out some of the scenes. There are the miraculous night turing into day, and then turning back into night all within seconds, continuity errors. Then there are the ‘lets shot some gory, bloody, dismemberment outtakes that don’t really add anything to the plot, but hey we thought it looked cool so we added it’ scenes. All badly underlit so we don’t really know what (or who) are being torn apart. Keeping with the ‘underlit’ theme are the werewolf costumes and makeup. Perhaps these shots were purposefully underlit because what was discernible was not good at all.

Anyhow you get the idea. After a few mandatory boob shots there is the big final battle and good wins over evil. Oh, did I just spoil it for you? Sorry. Consider yourself spared. In comparison Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned which is on the same DVD now seems like five star opulent production.

Movie Reviews 210 – Sucker Punch (2011)

February 21, 2015

Sucker PunchDirector Zack Snyder already proved he could make movies look dazzling with some of the most ambitious CGI and special effects in some of his earlier movies like Watchmen and 300. But his followup Sucker Punch didn’t quite live up to expectations and quite frankly I didn’t even know about this movie for some time. In fact, my introduction came while watching the preview trailers on some other movie DVD I was watching.The lack of promotion and invisibility, on my radar at least, seemed ominous.

Without a doubt, Sucker Punch lives up to Snyder’s knack for stunning visuals. I would have to categorize it as a sepia toned, steampunk extravaganza, permeated with leather, lace and fishnets. But with all the flash and glitz, does the movie hold up as a whole?

A promising beginning shows a little girl bravely trying to fend of her father from both herself and her little sister after the passing of her mother. Her sister is killed by the father but circumstantial evidence points to herself and she is ceremoniously incarcerated in an all girl mental institution under the psychiatric guidance of Dr. Vera Gorski  (Carla Gugino who also played in Silk Spectre in Watchmen).

It’s a this point that the movie begins the first of many transformations to alternate universes and dreamlike backdrops. The girl finds herself in oddly similar place to her actual surroundings, a similar yet different institution, where the characters roles have changed slightly.

The girl, now called Babydoll (Emily Browning), then has a dream in which wise man (Scott Glenn) sets her out a quest in order for her to escape and one for which she will need the help of  some of her fellow inmates. Without knowing the exact reasons, she is told to acquire a definitive set of objects that include a map, a knife, fire, a key and yet another unknown mysterious fifth object.

With some reluctance she recruits a quartet of accomplices; Sweetpea (Abbie Cornish), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Amber (Jamie Chung), and Rocket (Jena Malone). Together they manage to get the required implements, but in order to do so they rely on Babydoll putting on performances to distract their guardians.

These performances, which we the movie audience never get to see,  put the audience in a trance like state.  It’s during these performances where the movie viewers are once again subjected to alternate universes where we find our girls battling evil forces and in which their objective is to acquire virtualized forms the aforementioned objects they are trying to get in the ‘real’ world. These worlds are comprised of gigantic robo demon samurais, Nazis, castles besieged with Lord of the Ring orc facsimiles, and metallic robot infested sky trains and play out like surreal music videos, infused with adapted music from the Eurythmics, Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles and various grunge and hip hop numbers.

The problem with the movie is that it suffers from too many layers and tries to be too clever delivering a muddled narrative instead of just a good story. The heart string pulls all seem contrived and we don’t feel the empathy we should have for the girls, some of which are merely cardboard eye candy instead of fleshed out characters (although the do have the flesh needed for the candy piece).

On the positive side it is a stylistic masterpiece, with enough CGI and special effect to make Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow look like bush league. But as we all know visuals alone cannot make a movie. In this case it’ll feel more like watching a two hour music video than a movie.

Is it good enough? I don’t know. If enhanced visual are not enough to hide the fact you’re watching a sub par movie you may find yourself to the titular sucker. If the visuals are good enough for you, you may want to check the handful of related animation shorts that are extra features on the DVD.

Movie Reviews 209 – Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned (2008)

February 15, 2015

Midnight Horror - Predator CollectionBeen I while since I plunked in one of those cheap DVD quad packs of Horror movies, so I decided I would consume The Midnight Horror Collection: Blood Predators which I pick up not too long ago for a measly $2.50. Can’t go wrong for 75 cents a movie, right?

 

Bachelor_Party_in_the_Bungalow_of_the_DamnedI started off Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned, and honestly it was this particular title that was the deciding factor to my shelling out $2.50 in the first place. Read that title again. Kinda says it all if you ask me, but I’ll humor my humble reader with a review none the less.

A recently engaged man’s buddies concoct a story about renting a bungalow for a fishing retreat as a excuse for his bachelor party.  Hardly fooling the fiancee, all she want to make sure is that he and the boys don’t go overboard. Unfortunately, the stripper triplet of girls that one of the buddies hires as entertainment, Snowy, Emerald and Vermillion, happen to be vampires and their idea of entertainent includes munching on the boys. Things go from bad to worse when the fiance decides to drop in at the retreat.

I knew I’d be in for a ride, and had no expectations at all, but while it really is a bad movie, it’s almost one of those “So bad, it’s good” movies. Almost.

The dialogue is mostly lame but at least there are attempts at humour and curves (besides those on the women) thrown in. Being a Brain Damage Films release, there are the requisite boob shots but this is a bachelor movie after all, so you kind of expect that anyhow. A short but surprising cameo by Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman was a nice surprise, but blink and you’ll miss him. Most of the special effects are laughable (not in a good way) but there was makeup job of one of the boys in a facial meltdown state that was decent. Just don’t ask why some of the victims end up melting after being assailed by a vampire while others (as expected) and just turn into vampires.

After watching  I can’t help but  wonder whatever happened to director, writer, producer, editor and composer Brian Thompson, the near one-man show who gave us this gem. Surprisingly, he did not cast himself as one of the stars, which is odd for a first time ‘do-everything’ film maker. According to IMDB he hasn’t done anything since. I just wonder if that’s a good thing or bad.

Watch for reviews of The Vampire Conspiracy, Fist of the Vampire and Curse of the Wolf , the other gems in this quad pack, coming soon.

Movie Reviews 208 – Vampire Effect (2003)

February 3, 2015

Vampire EffectJackie Chan has been a fairly big name in both Hollywood and Asian cinema for a long time, and most people of know of, if not have seen most of his movies. He’s even popular enough that English speaking audiences are also familiar with some of his older Chinese movies like Drunken Master and few others. So I did not know what to make of a Vampire movie featuring Jackie that I’d never heard of.

Vampire Effect (also known as The Twins Effect) is one of those movies where Jackie only plays a small role but capitalizes on his marquee name as a marketing ploy. He’s only got a few minutes of screen time, but I’ll give him credit in that those few scant moments are chock full of the Chan Charm.

Now, lets get on and discuss the other Chan-less 78 minutes of the movie. The stars are Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung but why they are listed in the starring roles was for a time as mysterious as that Twins alternate title. Not that they have small roles or anything, but the other male stars were noticeably absent from the billing.

Reeve (Ekin Cheng) is a vampire hunter who acquires a new sidekick Gypsy (Chung), much to the chagrin of his sister Helen (Choi). Helen is no seasoned vampire fighter but engages in a constant ‘vamp’ battle of wits and one-upmanship (or should that be one-upwomanship) with her brother’s new fighting partner.

At the same time as Gypsy comes onto the scene, one of the last ‘Royal’ vampires, Kazay  (Edison Chen), and his entourage have taken refuge in a local church of all places. That isn’t the only unvampirelike behavior Kazay exhibits, opting to drink blood from a glass instead of necks and decking out his uber-cool coffin with all the latest electronic gadgetry, lights and sounds. Kazay and his protective servants are on the run from another powerful duke vampire who wants to kill the remaining royal so that he can reign supreme.

In the mean time as Kazay enjoys the more human lifestyle he falls for Helen which puts the royal vampire and hunters into an awkward situation. The only constant is that they all want the the vicious duke and his clan to die.

Co-directed by Donnie Yen (yes the Ip Man himself) and Dante Lam, it’s a quaint light comedy with plenty of action, although there isn’t much novelty to the action sequences or the story itself which is why the inclusion of Chan scenes are particularly welcome. Chan plays a man desperately trying to get through a marriage ceremony . Even better is the short performance of Chan’s newlywed wife to be, played hilariously by Karen Mok (of Shaolin Soccer fame).

So why is the movie more commonly known as The Twins Effect when there aren’t any twins in the movie? The answer, which also explains that star billing placement, lies in the fact that the stars Choi and Chung are better known as the Asian singing pop duo The Twins. No, don’t worry, there aren’t any song or dance routines here. On second thought maybe that’s what the movie needed to put it over the top.

Sadly what made this movie noteworthy in Asia is the scandal that followed when leaked personal photos found on Edison Chen’s computer made it’s way to the internet starting of with compromising pictures of Gillian followed by those of many more starlets. The repercussions of the scandal rocked the Asian movie industry as well as that of establishment news and newspaper industries dealing with one of the early privacy-vs-newsworthyness boundary conflicts. In the end, that’s were the real society horrors were revealed and subverted any horror in a silly movie. And here I thought I was just watching a simple vampire flick.

And one last interesting tidbit. Both Charlene Choi and Edison Chen are Vancouver born. Wouldn’t it have been ironic if the scandal featured the only two Canadians in the movie. Betcha everyone here would have heard about this particular “Jackie Chan” then, eh!

Planet of the Apes Icarus spaceship papercraft

January 29, 2015

Back in 2002 papercraft designer and fan Jan Rukr  (or Rükr to be precise) designed a model of the iconic Icarus spaceship that crash landed on the 1968 Planet of the Apes movie with Taylor (Charlton Heston) and his crewmates. The spaceship, one of the most recognizable in classic Science Fiction fandom, has often been the subject of much debate, ranging to how it really looked (after all, the movie only showed the upper nose section with a part obviously submerged)  and even the name since it was never specifically called out in any of the original films.

I’ve always been as fascinated by the ship as I have been for the classic Planet of the Apes saga as a whole. There have been (and continue to be) pricier models and dioramas available for purchase, but none of the more traditional plastic model making companies ever created any mass production kit.

When I came across Jan’s papercraft design I decided I would build it some day, and here I am more than a decade later where I finally had the time to actually do it.

Here are the results and a bit of information on the build itself. Before going to far, I should point out that the actual model looks a lot better than the pictures do justice.   I  took these pics with my cheap Canon PowerShot camera and without any decent lighting.

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I printed the model on 67lb paper which is what I’ve always used for the few papercraft I’ve built. Very sturdy and easier to work with than the standard ‘printer’ 20-24lb paper. It is a bit trickier to shape but at the same time holds bends and folds better. Just be sure to score all edges.

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The build is pretty straight forward and easy to understand even without any detailed step by step instructions (the model only provides a single numbered overlay view as an aid).  It is however tricky to get everything just right and there is a lot of bending and shaping for the elliptical main fuselage. The really hard part are the two side jutting canards being both the smallest pieces and the one place where the folds have to be exact. Aside from a few underflaps that there a bit too big or needlessly overlapping one another, I only made one other minor change. The model called for gluing the main ship onto a patterned bottom piece that would then be glued to the ocean base. I had no trouble foregoing the bottom and just glued the ship directly onto the ocean base without any problem.

 

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I’ve added a Hasbro 6 inch ‘Ape-o-naut’ alongside the model to give an idea of the dimensions but the exact measurements in inches are W:10 1/2  x  D:8 1/4  x H: 4.

It took me quite a while to build it but part of the reason was I really took my time trying my best to make it perfect. I painstakingly cut out the pieces on a good cutting board with a sharp Olfa blade. All gluing was with toothpick application making sure not to over glue. I did some minor sanding along edges (again the canards) and did a few touch ups with black pencil, colored pencils and a marker. I think it could use a few more touch ups to improve it, but it isn’t bad as is.

As a PotA fan, I’m just delighted to finally have a decent Icarus to add to my Apes display.

One a final note I should add that Jan has done many other designs of this and more ‘stylized’ versions of the concept. There are even two different color variants of this exact model. Check around and you’ll find this and other designs of his.

Movie Reviews 207 – Santa’s Slay (2005)

January 25, 2015

Santas SlayI’m running a bit behind on my Christmas Holiday centric horror movie viewing and only recently got the chance to watch 2005’s Santa’s Slay which certainly has a promising title.

The film makers decided to start the movie off with a short Christmas Dinner scene in which our evil Santa descends on a dysfunctional family for no apparent reason and just starts killing them off, each in a different stylized manner. With cameos from Fran Drescher, James Caan (uncredited!), Chris Kattan and other semi-celebs, this intro ended up the highlight of the movie.

Bill Goldberg, everyone’s favorite (only?) Jewish pro wrestler plays the titular Santa with the muscle and cranial capacity one would expect of from someone with his ‘real’ daytime job. (Well as ‘real’ as wresting can get.) So why is Santa such a nasty and not the fun-loving jolly man you know? Seems that he was originally a baddie who lost a curling bet to an angel (Robert Culp)  at which time he was forced to be a good Santa for one thousand years. Well time’s up and not only is Santa catching up with every day nastiness, but he’s got a grudge with that angel and aims to get even through grandson Nicolas Yuleson (Douglas Smith). Most of the movie centers on Santa chasing Nicolas, his girlfriend Mary (Emilie De Ravin, Claire from Lost) and grandpa.

I can’t say it’s a terrible movie but it doesn’t have a lot going for it. The gags are mediocre at best and aside from some innovative scenes like Santa crashing in on a strip club and thrashing a Jewish deli, the rest is fairly boring. The FX are kid show quality as are most of the puns.

Appropriately filmed in Alberta, Canada and with minor roles played by our own Dave Thomas (hoser, eh?)  and Saul Rubinek you’d think I’d have more empathy with the film. But when it comes to Christmas horror movies, this one has the appeal of a lump of coal.

Sorry Santa.


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