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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Jack Frost (1997) - Michael Cooney



This was another movie that had been haunting me from the video store shelves for years. Jack Frost was one in a slew of holiday themed horror movies that went straight to video in the mid-nineties. This was the "better" of the group. While it seemed intriguing to see a movie about a killer snowman, I should have known better. This is the same studio that had done Ice Cream Man in 1995. 

The serial killer, Jack Frost was being transported to his execution when the transport truck crashed. Frost started running away but was killed when a vat of acid spilled over his entire body, melding him with the snow on the ground. This turns Jack Frost into a murderous supernatural snowman that terrorizes the town of Snowmonton. People around town are dropping like flies and the Sheriff is purplexed.

This movie definitely has some issues with the budget. The effects are terrible. The snow doesn't even look like snow. It looks like oatmeal or something. The kid is also way to old to act the way he does. The murders are humorous. One woman has Christmas ornaments shoved into her face. It's pretty gory but like I said, the effects are terrible.

If I didn't make it clear enough, this is a pretty lame movie. However, it does have that tiny bit of cult charm but not enough to save it. The acting is just so phoned in. Just look at half of the deaths. They act as if they could care less about being there. Who blames them though. 

The comedy may be partially intentional, but mostly just happens. I love that a snowman without legs drives a police cruiser around town. This may not be the best movie but I think that if you are bored, it could be a passable thing. There are much better movies. But this passes. Barely. 

Director: Michael Cooney
Producer: Jeremy Paige and Vicki Slotnick
Starring: Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, F. William Parker and Shannon Elizabeth
Studio: A-Pix Entertainment, Inc.
Release date: November 18, 1997
Country: United States
Did ya know: This is Shannon Elizabeth's first acting role.


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Krampus (2015) - Michael Dougherty


It's that magical time of the year. The time of giving and loving. The time of getting together with your loved ones. A time for bloodshed and mayhem. So it's as good a time as any to cozy up to the fire for Krampus. A horror movie with that certain holly and poinsettia theme. Warm, fuzzy and scary.

A family gets together for Christmas and obviously it doesn't go well. They hate each other. During an explosive family dinner our lead Max loses all faith in Santa Claus and Christmas. He immediately tears up his Letter to Santa. A move that he soon regrets. This act summons the frightening Krampus. 

This movie explores the Krampus tale with superb embellishment. They actually have a really amazing narrated flashback sequence that acts as the origin story. This flashback was stylized in claymation and it was really neat. Krampus is really terrifying, The horror sequences are actually horrific and scary. This is definitely an easy movie to fall in love with as a horror movie fan. 

A great mix of comedy and horror. The beginning of the film is so cozy. It feels like a call back to John Hughes' Home Alone or something like Christmas Vacation. The cast is amazing. Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell and Emjay Anthony all make some great characters. Especially Emjay. He does an awesome job as Max our lead. 

This movie is incredible. With Trick or Treat for Halloween and now Krampus for Christmas, this is awesome. The effects are tremendous. The art direction is right up my alley. If you want a movie that is going to make you laugh and smile and scream. This is it. Very few horror movies that come out these days are successful at what they set out to accomplish. This one knocks it out of the park. 

Director: Michael Dougherty
Producers: Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Michael Dougherty and Thomas Tull
Writers: Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman and Emjay Anthony
Studio: Legendary Pictures and Zam Pictures
Release Date: November 30, 2015 (Los Angeles premiere)
Country: United States
Did ya know: The film was originally to release on November 25 but was pushed back to December 4 to coincide with the Krampusnacht, a traditional Austrian festival held on December 5 that celebrates the Krampus coming to punish naughty children.The Krampus's final design was distilled from various postcards and illustrations of the creature over the years.Max's mom alludes to "the noodle incident" that estranged the family from a neighboring one. The noodle incident was often referred to but never explained in the Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strip, and Krampus also leaves it unexplained.