Mrs. Claus (2018)

Director: Troy Escamilla

Writer: Troy Escamilla (Screenplay)

Starring: Helene Udy, Brinke Stevens, Kaylee Williams, Ryan Poole, Billy Brannigan, Alexandra Brents, Mel Heflin, Hailey Strader

 

Plot: A group of college students attending a Christmas party at a sorority house that has a sinister past are stalked by a bloodthirsty killer disguised as Mrs. Claus.


Tagline – You won’t be going home for Christmas!

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Late Night Christmas Fun

 

Story: Mrs. Claus starts as we see how a murder suicide happened during intense hazing in a sorority house, 10-years-later Danielle (Strader) returns to the same home which saw her sister murdered to honour her sister. Danielle still being harassed by the mother Mrs Werner (Udy) of the other victim faces a difficult Christmas.

With the girls hosting a party with most of the campus going home for Christmas the friends find themselves getting picked off by a masked killer dressed like Mrs Claus, can they figure out who is behind the mask.

 

Thoughts on Mrs. Claus

 

Characters – Danielle is the younger sister of a murder victim, she decides to attend the same sorority in respect for her sister, she starts seeing her friends go missing while feeling uneasy in the house, she is the only one that truly questions what is going on. Mrs Werner is the mother of the suicide victim, she blames Danielle and her family for her sister’s action, though her grieving process is mostly about finding blame. Julie Cornell is the campus security officer that is searching first for a missing girl and watches over the party. Grant is the cocky guy that thinks he is God’s gift to women which does get the laughs needed in the film.

PerformancesHailey Strader is the best of the cast, she is good in the role of the sister wanting to prove something. The rest of the cast are solid they get to have fun with certain things that happen in the film and make the most of their screen time.

StoryThe story follows a sorority that has a past that gets a mysterious killer picking off the residents during a Christmas party. This does follow the slasher genre which is simple enough and does give us a backstory needing, though it gets carried away with the conclusion which becomes over the top and unnecessary. When we dive into the depth of the story, there isn’t much because it just follows student doing the basics without doing anything with most of the kills coming from the typical horror mistakes.

HorrorThe horror in the film is full blown slasher which is fine, you can enjoy a drink to get the most out of this film.

SettingsThe film is meant to be set in a sorority house, though it never feels like anything bigger than just a normal small family home.

Special EffectsThe effects are good enough for the slasher genre which is all we want, with the wounds being bloody throughout.


Scene of the Movie –
Tyler’s time out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Over kill finish to the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun Christmas horror which can be enjoyed by the horror community that like late night horror movies which can just be enjoyed for the slasher side of them being all they want.

 

Overall: The Slasher fans Christmas film this year.

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ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – S – Silent Movie (1976)

Movie Rob pick Silent Movie for the ABC Film Challenge for comedy, check his site out

https://movierob.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/sm.jpg?w=200[seen as an insert title] “Mr. Marceau, how would you like to appear in the first silent movie made in nearly fifty years?” – Mel Funn

[in French, the only spoken line in the film] “Non!” – Marcel Marceau

[seen as an insert title after Mel hangs up the phone] “What did he say?” – Dom Bell

[seen as an insert title] “I don’t know. I don’t speak French!” – Mel Funn

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A Director tries to get a silent film made in order to save his career and the studio from being taken over by a corporate conglomerate.

My Take on it – Now a days everyone is quite aware of the fact that Mel Brooks is a great writer/director who can adeptly make a parody film out of just about every genre.

This time, he chose to take a stab at the genre of silent films and does so quite well.

The lack of speech in this film is used quite well to its advantage and helps elicit even more humor because they love to constantly refer back to the fact that the  characters cannot speak out loud.

The do this in numerous different ways and they all work really well.

The slapstick nature of the film is great and my favorite is the use of a coke machine which is hilariously done.

They chose to use background music throughout the film which also adds so much humor to the ideas presented here.

This is all topped off due to the very effective use of sound effects along the way.

The story is set as a story within a story and that helps to make even better use in poking fun at the kind of way that the studios work especially when dealing with the notion of how bigger is better even if the quality suffers due to it.

The fact that Brooks was able to get a bunch of famous stars to parody themselves and the industry in this film says so much for his ability to convince them that this all works for the sake of comedy.

Bottom Line – Brooks once again proves how adept he is at parodying film genres.  The non-use of speech in this film works quite well and helps elicit even more humor since they allude to the lack of speech in the film in so many different fashions.  The use of background music also adds to the humor of things and they manage to top that off with adept use of sound effects along the way. The story itself is a story within a story and helps make even more fun of the way studios work especially by the motto of bigger is better even if the quality suffers due to that.  Love the way that some serious movie stars were willing to take part in this film ion order to parody themselves and the industry.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On the May 19, 1981, broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), Alan Alda related his experience of attending the film’s 1976 premiere in Westwood (which had Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft in the audience). Alda said he probably laughed harder than anyone in the crowd, and once the movie had ended, he approached Brooks and Bancroft to compliment them on a job well done. According to Alda, Bancroft didn’t miss a beat and responded, “Oh, that was you laughing? You see Mel? I told you SOME idiot would find this funny!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – S – Snatch (2000)

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writer: Guy Ritchie (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Alan Ford, Lennie James, Ewen Bremner

 

Plot: Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.


Tagline – Stealing stones is hazardous.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gangster Wonderland

 

Story: Snatch starts as we meet Turkish (Statham) an underground boxing promoter who is on the biggest business with Brick Top (Ford), but when he loses his fighter to gypsy Mickey O’Neil (Pitt), he must work on a new deal to get Mickey to enter the fight.

When the fight doesn’t go as planned Turkish must make amends for the mistake, putting him where he never wants to be in debt to Brick Top, while we follow the gangsters in this world as they get themselves into a string of trouble.

 

Thoughts on Snatch

 

Characters – We have plenty of characters in this film, Turkish is our narrator telling us everything going on, he is a boxing promotor that gets himself in the bad books of the head gangster in the city. Mickey O’Neil is a gypsy that just so happens to be an amateur boxer that ruins the plans of Turkish. Brick Top is the gangster running the city, he keeps everyone in fear and promises to feed anyone that crosses him to his pigs.

PerformancesJason Statham broke out with this role, he had done a couple of supporting roles, but this made him the star we know he is today. Brad Pitt gives us a performance we didn’t see coming from him as he showed us he can bring us a supporting role that wants to break away from the Hollywood main stream. Alan Ford seems to enjoy playing the villainous gangster role too not holding back in anyway.

StoryThe story follows the many different members of the crime world on a serious of miss-adventures during a week long time, this takes us through robbers, thieves, gypsy and gamblers that are all trying to pull something off as things are unfolding. I will say at times it does feel like one too many things are going on, but they do all come full circle by the end of the film. as for gangster style movies this story is one of the more enjoyable without taking itself too seriously.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy comes from things that do go wrong for the characters, with the dog having a squeaky toy instead of a bark is funny. The crime side of the film comes from every character that is from different places in the crime world.

SettingsThe settings keep us seeing everything coming from the different locations you would expect to see gangster films to take place.


Scene of the Movie –
The dog and the toy.

That Moment That Annoyed Me There is one too many stories to keep up with at times.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good gangster film that doesn’t want to take itself too seriously, which helps bring the colourful characters to life.

 

Overall: Enjoyable throughout.

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