Monday, September 25, 2017

Movie Review: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (2017)

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Year: 2017
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hours, 21 minutes

After a tragic set of attacks wipe out most of their agents, the remaining Kingsmen seek help from their American counterpart, the Statesman, in order to combat a criminal enterprise known as The Golden Circle.

The Kingsmen are back and they are bigger, louder, flashier, and more American than ever, but are these good things? "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" is directed by Matthew Vaughn and is, of course, a sequel to his hit 2015 film "Kingsman: The Secret Service." Returning for this installment are Taron Egerton as Eggsy and Mark Strong as Merlin. There are a few surprising returns as well, including Edward Holcroft as Charlie, former Kingman recruit turned villainous henchman. Charlie was thought to be dead with his head exploded off-screen in the original movie. Also returning to the series is Colin Firth as Harry, Eggsy's mentor and highly skilled Kingsman who was shot in the head by Valentine, which very, very much took place on screen in the previous installment (this is not a spoiler, he is in all of the marketing and promotional materials for the film). So how did these two "thought to be dead" characters make a comeback? Well, it's a bit of a stretch for both of these individuals, but we guess a slight bit of bullshitting works if you're willing to suspend your disbelief enough (a heavy suspension of disbelief, no doubt). The Kingsmen now face a new threat from the world's largest drug cartel called The Golden Circle, which is run by a 1950's nostalgia-obsessed woman named Poppy, played by Julianne Moore, who may put on a sweet demeanor but is actually a deranged psychopath who owns gigantic robot dogs. After a series of explosions targeting the Kingsmen's agencies and safe houses, the remaining agents seek assistance from their American counterpart called The Statesman, who operate out of Kentucky under the guise of a bourbon distillery. Differences aside, the two organizations must team up to defeat Poppy and her Golden Circle.

We absolutely love "Kingsman: The Secret Service." When it came out, it was very fresh, fun, and sleek, an extremely fun ride. It had great characters and an engaging story that kept us drawn in from start to finish. Knowing the track record for sequels in Hollywood, we didn't expect "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" to be quite as good, but we still had some hope. Unfortunately, "The Golden Circle" definitely doesn't reach the heights of the first film. That being said, it still is an entertaining, enjoyable movie if you know what to expect. The same type of humor found in the first installment returns in spades in the sequel, and we laughed quite a bit throughout the film, whether it be at the blatantly bizarre song selections playing during slow-motion action scenes or whenever Elton John was on screen. We still really like Taron Egerton as Eggsy, who is quite charming as a now full-fledged Kingsman agent. Mark Strong gets to fill a larger role here and we enjoyed his presence on screen. Merlin is quick with an intelligent quip, and Strong plays the part well. Colin Firth is as awesome as always, and Pedro Pascal is a fantastic new edition to this installment as agent Whiskey. Pascal is the definition of swagger, and he and his lasso kick some major ass, partner. Another new addition we can't forget to mention is Julianne Moore, who is suitable for selling a Stepford Wife-looking exterior with a cold-blooded killer inside. Her maniacal giggle gives way to some terrifyingly gross moments involving heavy duty kitchen equipment.

One of the downfalls in "The Golden Circle" is the unevenness to almost everything. While it is louder, flashier, and more bombastic than the first, it is excessively so. If you liked the original film, this sequel doubles down on everything good about it, and a little to its detriment. Vaughn has actors like Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges at his disposal, but they are completely under-utilized. The action is still ultra-stylized and as over the top as ever, but some of the CGI seems much more noticeable and a little worse this go around. It still makes tongue-in-cheek jokes about James Bond film tropes, perhaps even more so than before. The story here just isn't as intense or as engaging. The movie is a tad too long, but we thought it moved pretty well despite its runtime and we never felt bored while watching it. Realistically though, with explosions, 8000 new characters to introduce, blue rashes, and chase scenes all over the damn place, can someone ever really be bored with so much chaos being thrown at the screen? Finally, our biggest gripe is Charlie Henchman, aka disposable bad guy #2981301 with a robotic arm. He is nowhere near as cool, as menacing, or as useful of a henchman as Gazelle with her sword feet, and Vaughn and co. could have made this character literally any other person and it wouldn't have made a bit of difference.

While some aspects of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" feel a bit redundant, unnecessarily messy, and over the top, it's still an entertaining flick if you like noisy, raucous, insane action flicks like the first installment.
My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: ~7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Movie Review: "Flatliners" (1990)

Director: Joel Schumacher
Year: 1990
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

A group of medical students studies the afterlife by killing themselves and then resuscitating each other a few minutes after they flat-line. Once back from their near-death experiences, they learn demons from their past have returned with them.

"Flatliners" asks the ultimate unanswerable question, the one that has plagued mankind since we first became self-aware: is there anything else after death? People try to answer this question with logic, using philosophy, and with faith and religion, but it has yet to be answered. Nelson, played by Kiefer Sutherland, and four of his fellow med students, played by Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, and Oliver Platt, plan to use science to give a definitive answer to the age-old question in the most obvious way possible, by dying, of course!! Clearly, they can't stay dead because if they did, how would they report their findings? Writer Peter Filardi has come up with an interesting concept. How realized that concept becomes when translated to the screen and whether or not director Joel Schumacher can execute those ideas is a different question. Much like our five med students, not everything goes quite as planned.

Filardi and Schumacher take that aforementioned ultimate question and, much like everyone else, offer a simple solution to a complex enigma, leaving absolutely no ambiguity. Is there an afterlife? According to "Flatliners," the answer is yes. In that afterlife, one must face judgment and atone for the sins of their past. Well gee, we've never seen that before! This seems to be something most of the participants of this experiment did not expect, especially Nelson who, as it turns out, was quite a little shit when he was younger, which will make his atonement that much more difficult.

This film is a sci-fi drama with a touch of supernatural horror. Though medical science is at the forefront of the plot, the scientific aspect is more of a thin veneer hiding its more religious and philosophical themes. Unfortunately, this flick handles those themes in a most clumsy way. The overall moral is the most basic one in any religion, that a person must repent and atone for their sins upon death. Not the most original thing ever. One thing "Flatliners" does have going for it is a stellar cast. Most of the players were young up and coming actors at the time but their abilities were certainly present even in an adequate project way back when. None of the performances are award-worthy, but they are solid. The one gripe we do have is it doesn't necessarily feel like Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon could be, would be, or are lovers. Their chemistry is not that great when they are together. Apart from the acting, there are a few scenes that offer a bit of an ominous tone and manage to create some unease, but we wouldn't say it's overly tension-filled. The afterlife sequences offer a surreal feeling which we like, but Schumacher and Filardi don't offer anything truly outside the box in terms of deep answers to important questions.

In the end, "Flatliners" is a satisfactory movie, though definitely not one we would consider a must-see or a classic. The cast plays their parts well enough so you won't be bored, just know that this could have been a lot more profound.

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Movie Review: "Naked" (2017)

Director: Michael Tiddes
Year: 2017
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

On his wedding day, a man wakes up naked in an elevator and must proceed to live the following hour over and over again until he gets it right.

Iiiiiiiiit's "Groundhog Day"!......or "Groundhog Hour"?

"Naked" is the latest film from director Michael Tiddes, who is known for making movies like "A Haunted House," "A Haunted House 2," and "Fifty Shades of Black." As you can see, Tiddes like Marlon Wayans, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, they work together frequently. Wayans plays Rob Anderson, a substitute teacher who is about to marry a doctor named Megan, played by Regina Hall. On the morning of their wedding, Rob wakes up naked in an elevator unsure of how he got there. After an hour, he wakes up in the elevator again, forced to relive the same hour of his life over and over until he gets his wedding day perfect. Wow, what a totally original concept.

On the surface, "Naked" may seem like it's a "The Hangover" meets "Groundhog Day" rip-off, but it is actually a remake of a Swedish film called "Naken," which came out before "The Hangover" but after "Groundhog Day." Unfortunately, like many of Marlon Wayans' more recent projects, this winds up being almost completely unfunny. For the most part, this is a one-joke flick that is played over and over for laughs, much like Rob's wedding day. A man wakes up naked, must find clothes, and has to get to his wedding, but must go through a bunch of zany circumstances over and over until he reaches the altar and settles things in the proper manner. The concept wears thin really quickly. By the second run through of Rob's hour, we found ourselves incredibly bored with the characters, the formula, and the film in general. The repetitive nature of the story makes the pacing drag and drag and drag and drag and drag. This is a short movie but manages it feels unbearably long when couples with annoying side characters and subpar acting. The humor is not clever and not witty, usually resorting to the lowest hanging fruit possible like jokes about how a woman's vagina smells. "Naked" may hope to redeem itself with a sappy feel-good ending, but by the time it finally arrives, we were already done caring and halfway asleep. Regina Hall deserves better than this try-hard mess.
My Rating: 1.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 1.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Movie Review: "The Prestige" (2006)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Year: 2006
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

A pair of rival magicians with a tragic past engage in a dangerous game of one-upmanship doing what they can to destroy the other's career. 

Are you watching closely??

"The Prestige" is directed by Christopher Nolan, who also wrote the screenplay along with his brother Jonathan. It is based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Priest. It stars Christian Bale as Alfred Borden and Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, two magicians who have a past with one another. The years have turned them into bitter rivals, and they are willing to go to whatever lengths possible to outdo one another. They are willing to sacrifice anything, including their relationships, their money, and their lives, in order to get the upper hand. Joining the two male leads are Rebecca Hall as Alfred's wife Sarah, Scarlett Johansson as Alfred's assistant Olivia Wenscombe, and Michael Caine as Cutter, the mastermind behind Angier's magic tricks.

This film offers a unique take on the murder mystery genre by combining a period drama about a professional rivalry with a crime mystery. There's also a little bit of sci-fi thrown in for good measure. The story here is extremely compelling, every twist and turn remarkably shot, written, and acted. We remain completely engaged by it as we try to figure out exactly what happened, who was responsible for certain events, and who truly had the upper hand at each and every moment. It's one of those films where you find yourself hoping you forget the ending and how it all unfolds so you can experience it, again and again, each time you watch it as if it were the first time.

The narrative is delivered in a non-linear fashion, a trick Christopher Nolan has used in several of his films, to aid in the mystery. The art direction is fantastic and the costumes are utterly gorgeous as they capture early 20th century England and help the feel of the picture as a whole. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are fabulous in this film. The characters they play are, in many ways, polar opposites, yet they both share an obsession with each other. Bale's Borden is the skilled and more talented magician with an unwavering dedication that has arisen from humble beginnings. Jackman's Angier, on the other hand, isn't the best magician technically speaking, but he is a brilliant showman who was raised wealthy with the English title of Lord, a fact he tends to hide. Angier is only interested in the fame that comes with being a performer, and his sole purpose is ruining Borden. We see their obsession and just how deep their destructive madness goes, expertly penned by the Nolan brothers.

When we watched "The Prestige" for the first time, we were floored by the ending. Now, with each additional watch, we see the clues and how the surprise ending was foreshadowed all along. The answer hangs in the face of the audience the entire time and we just didn't see it, which is certainly part of the magic of this film. From excellent set pieces and costumes to tremendous acting from Jackman, Bale, Johansson, Caine, and Hall, and expert cinematography and direction, don't miss this wonderful movie.

My Rating: 9/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Movie Review: "Stardust" (2007)

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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Year: 2007
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes

A young man lives in Wall, a small, quaint English village on the border of the mystical land of Stormhold. The two towns are separated by a small stone wall, and this man has promised his love he will cross the threshold into Stormhold to retrieve a fallen star to prove his devotion to her. Once he finds the star, it isn't at all what he expected. 

When people speak of classic fantasy adventure films, the list usually includes pictures like "The Lord of the Rings," "The Princess Bride," and the "Harry Potter" series. Unfortunately, "Stardust," doesn't come up too often, which is a travesty because it should. Director Matthew Vaughn, who would become well known for directing comic book adaptations like "Kick-Ass," "X-Men: First Class," and "Kingsman: The Secret Service," managed to create something fun and imaginative with his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel.

The film stars Charlie Cox, who would go on to play Marvel's Daredevil, as well as Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Mark Strong, who make up the key players in this story. Also in the film in smaller capacities are Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, Henry Cavill, Ricky Gervais, and Peter O'Toole. With such a stellar cast, it is supremely sad this movie was a box office failure in the United States (and also, this is why we can't have nice things). As we know, box office receipts are not necessarily indicative of quality, and all too often, exceptional movies go underappreciated until years after their release. Such is the case with "Stardust."

This is a classic fantasy romance sword and sorcerer adventure. The story revolves around a young man named Tristan, played by Cox, who is a meager shopboy living in the small village of Wall, England. It is called Wall because, at the edge of town, there is a small stone wall which separates their normal, boring world from the mystical land of Stormhold, where magic still abounds and sky pirates capture lightning from the clouds. When Tristan sees a star fall from the sky, it lands in Stormhold. He promises to cross the barrier between the two lands to retrieve the star for the woman he believes is the love of his life, Victoria, played by Sienna Miller. Upon finding the star, Tristan is shocked to find it is not a lump of celestial rock, but actually, a very beautiful woman named Yvaine, played by Claire Danes. It turns out, many people are looking for the same star for a variety of different reasons. Getting Yvaine back to his love will not be as easy as Tristan thought.

We absolutely love this film. "Stardust" is bright, colorful, exciting, funny, heartfelt film, and an absolute blast to watch. This was only Matthew Vaughn's second directorial effort, and even here you can see what talent he has for stylized action and stunning visuals. Though relatively unknown at the time, Charlie Cox does a great job as Tristan, who spends the entire movie with one goal in mind, only to have his heart and soul switch gears halfway through its runtime. Claire Danes is fantastic as the innocent, ethereal star Yvaine. She has a lot to learn about people and humanity and emotions but is pure of heart and wiser than she seems. Michelle Pfeiffer is a scene-stealer as antagonist Lamia, a witch who wants to eat the heart of the fallen star to regain her youth. She combines a sinister nature with a bit of charm as well as some good comedic timing. The old age makeup work on her is absolutely incredible. Though a much smaller part, Robert De Niro is fabulous as Captain Shakespeare. Some may consider his performance to be a bit of a stereotype or caricature, but he plays the part well.

"Stardust" is one of those movies we watch every now and then and it always puts a smile on our faces from beginning to end. Sure, it can be a bit silly and over the top at times, but we think it is an under-seen, criminally overlooked gem that fantasy fans should absolutely seek out if they haven't already done so. This is everything we hope a fantasy adventure film would be and it continues to be one of our favorites even today.

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My Rating: 8.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 8.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~76%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Movie Review: "mother!" (2017)

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Director: Darren Aronofsky
Year: 2017
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hours, 1 minute

A writer and his wife have their normally calm lives thrown into chaos by uninvited guests who turn out to be fans of his work.

After watching "mother!" many viewers may walk out of the theater wondering what the hell they just watched. If you are at all familiar with the work of director Darren Aronofsky, including "Black Swan" and "The Fountain," you will know he is no stranger to using visual metaphors to tell his stories, which are anything but surface-level projects. His films are often ambiguous and his messages usually require a bit of thought on the part of the audience to decipher and unpack his true intent. Throughout each of his movies, Aronofsky will often leave a trail of breadcrumbs and a few hints and clues to guide people in the right direction. He isn't one to hold your hand or offer heavy exposition, as is the case with "mother!" The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple living in a very secluded, sprawling home. He is a poet and she mainly works on renovating their home, which was damaged by a fire in the past. One day an unexpected guest, played by Ed Harris, turns up on their doorstep. Apparently, he thought their house was a bed and breakfast, or so he claims. It turns out this stranger is actually a fan of Bardem's character's poetry. The poet enjoys the constant attention, adoration, and praise from this fan, but his wife isn't comfortable with having a stranger in their home, especially when he doesn't listen to their rules. Matters only get worse when this stranger's wife shows up unannounced, interjecting herself into the lives and problems of this couple, who are used to peace, quiet, and isolation. As more of the poet's fans show up day after day, things get more and more out of hand...and that's about as much of the plot we are willing to give away.

"mother!" is an exceedingly hard film to nail down. It is difficult to review because, as we have often said on our site, we don't like to spoil movie plot points if we can help it. There is so much we want to say, but even the slightest detail would venture into spoiler territory, and trust us when we say this is a movie that begs the audience to go into it knowing nothing. We would love to give you our take on what Aronofsky was trying to say in this film, but that would imply we absolutely know which direction he was headed when we really don't. Aronofsky has so many things to say about life, culture, religion, politics, nature, fame, society, and humanity all wrapped up in this two-hour sensory and visual spectacle. We remained completely enthralled, paranoid, worried, scared, creeped out, unsettled, and in awe of Aronofsky's work from start to finish. Even if we were confused with what was going on, we remained on the edge of our seats waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Director of photography Matthew Libatique has once again done an exquisite job, offering a striking visual display as he always does when he teams up with Aronofsky. The visuals combined with the stellar sound design, incredible practical effects, and expert performances make for an extremely well-made film. Jennifer Lawrence gives what may be the best performance of her young career. We have grown accustomed to her phoning her roles in over the last few years between her work on the "X-Men" series and "The Hunger Games" two-part finale. We have always enjoyed Lawrence as an actress and it is refreshing to see her so invested in this role. She gives an Oscar-worthy performance, though we aren't sure if the subject matter will click for all Oscar voters and may hurt her chances by proxy. Javier Bardem is fantastic as well, often showing perceived indifference to his wife's concerns about his fans. Michelle Pfeiffer is incredible and Ed Harris is equally impressive in their much smaller parts.

We absolutely loved "mother!" This is a movie that won't connect with everyone because it does not have a straightforward narrative. It was rather mismarketed in its promotional materials. Aronofsky thrives in disturbing and unsettling his viewers regardless of who he offends. When we say disturbing, we truly mean it. There are some extremely hard to witness moments that will turn some viewers off immediately, and though the last act is exceedingly difficult to watch, Aronofsky has made it clear now and always that he is willing to go places most filmmakers are not willing to go and show things most movies would never dare attempt. The amount of admiration we have for this man is boundless as he continues to shake up Hollywood movie by movie. He is willing to take risks and be the one different voice in a crowd of carbon copy filmmakers. People constantly complain about the lack of originality in cinema, but when someone makes a unique, different, divisive piece of art like this, it is shunned, slammed, revolted, and given an F on CinemaScore. It's not because the populous is stupid (as other critics and movie lovers have stated), it's because people don't really want anything too drastically different, which makes us supremely distressed and saddened. It's the same reason why people eat at places like Denny's and Applebee's because they want something safe and consistent rather trying something new and interesting with the risk of not liking it.

For us, the intrigue never lets up, and by movies end, hearts pounding, tears flowing, and eyes wide opened, we left the theater, discussed the film for hours, and have not stopped thinking about it since. Whether you love or you hate "mother!," chances are, this film will make lists and be on the tongues and minds of many in the years and decades to come. BRAVO, SIR.

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My Rating: 9/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: ~6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~68%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Movie Review: "Red Christmas" (2017)

Director: Craig Anderson
Year: 2017
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes

A mother is forced to fight for the lives of her family during their Christmas get together when a cloaked stranger shows up claiming to be someone from her past. After being shooed away, this person comes back and goes on a murdering rampage.

Nothing says Christmas like an abortion debate. This sensitive subject is the foundation of the film "Red Christmas." It starts out with protests surrounding an abortion clinic followed by a terrorist attack on the building by radical pro-lifers... which is a little ironic if you ask us, someone claiming to be pro-life while murdering people. But hey, that's just us. Not exactly a standard schmaltzy Christmas plot, right?
Not exactly what you'd expect from a Christmas movie. (Image provided by Artsploitation Films, photo by Douglas Burgdorff)
This Australian holiday horror flick is written and directed by Craig Anderson, who uses this rather taboo political subject to create a horror-themed abortion debate set around yuletide cheer. The film stars Dee Wallace, who is best known for her role in "E.T.," but has also starred in numerous horror classics like "Cujo" and "The Howling." Here, she plays Diane, the matriarch of a somewhat dysfunctional family having their last Christmas get together in their family home. It is a typical family gathering complete with domestic dramas, squabbling siblings, and conflicting ideas. All of this stops, however, when a cloaked stranger named Cletus shows up at their front doorstep. He claims to be someone from Diane's past. Being polite, she invites him in, until his true intentions are revealed. When she casts him out of their home, Cletus goes on a murdering rampage, picking off the family members one by one.
When a stranger calls. (Image provided by Artsploitation Films, photo by Douglas Burgdorff)
"Red Christmas" is a fairly conventional slasher style horror film despite its premise. There's a bit of a twist as it is centered around the abortion debate in what some may consider the crudest way possible. Anderson doesn't go deep into a lot of detail past the first few minutes, which simply set up the rest of the story in this holiday horror. There is a little tension at times, but this isn't the type of movie steeped in "edge of your seat" thrills and heart-pounding terror. It doesn't rely on unnecessary jump scares, which we always welcome. This is more of a gore-driven flick that has a couple of creative death scenes featuring odd objects like bear traps and blenders (hey, Bear Traps and Blenders would be a good band name!), as well as a couple of tried and true kills featuring an ax to the head. The practical effects are excellently made and are very, very bloody.
Dee Wallace as matriarch Diane, locked and loaded.. (Image provided by Artsploitation Films, photo by Douglas Burgdorff)
Dee Wallace gives a good performance as a mother trying her best to keep her family from fighting during their Christmas celebration. It is clear she has always had her work cut out for her with her children Ginny (Janis McGavin), Suzy (Sara Bishop), and Jerry (Gerard Odwyer). Ginny and Suzy have seemingly always had a sibling rivalry, and now that they are adults, there is a huge clash of morals between the entire family and Suzy, who is extremely religious, as is her husband Joe (David Collins), who is a preacher. Jerry is the youngest of the siblings and has down syndrome. He is the liveliest of the kids, quick to put a smile on everyone's face, but he would also be the most hurt if his mother's secret ever got out.
A family brought together by death. (Image provided by Artsploitation Films, photo by Douglas Burgdorff)
Some of the cinematography is a bit weird. It feels like cinematographer Douglas James Burgdorff was instructed to keep the lighting interesting. Because of this, many of the scenes are backlit in the hot pinks and neon greens of Christmas decorations, or the deep reds and flashing bright blues of a cop car driving by outside. These colors serve as the only luminescence in multiple shots. Many of the shots are also filmed at strange angles to keep the flow spruced up, and while some viewers may find this annoying, we mostly enjoyed it because it's an obvious attempt to make it feel more artistic and less one-dimensional.
Deck the halls. (Image provided by Artsploitation Films, photo by Douglas Burgdorff)
Overall, "Red Christmas" is a fun and entertaining low-budget horror romp provided you're not easily offended. It's not a movie everyone will love because of its delicate subject matter, but we had a really good time watching it.

"Red Christmas" will be available nationwide October 17th, 2017 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 6.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?