Christmas Crush (2020) Movie Review ‘Christmas Comes Early with This Film’

Christmas Crush – Christmas Comes Early with This Film

 

Director: Dale Fabrigar

Writer: Tricia Aurand, Suzanne DeLaurentiis (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Pare, Nancy Valen, Michael Varde, Eileen Davidson, Kennedy Tucker, Trevor Stines, Tim Abell, Paul Fox, Anzu Lawson

Plot: In a small town, high-school dean Alana and her vivacious teenage daughter Samantha plan a holiday concert to save the school with the help of the new maintenance man, Army veteran Johnny, and his quiet son Max. But when a car accident lands Sam in a life-threatening condition, Alana turns to Johnny for support, and Max makes a desperate decision that will forever bond their families together. All four must question their values about sacrifice, family, and love – and what it means to be thankful for another Christmas.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Christmas Crush starts when transfer student Max (Varde) and his father Johnny (Pare) start in a new school under principal Alana D’Angelo (Davidson) whose daughter Samantha (Tucker) also attends the school, preparing for the holiday concert.

Alana turns to Johnny to help prepare the holiday concert, with Max taking on a role in the show and Samantha going on to help her friend Tasha (Haynes) prepare the dancers in the show, but an accident will change the direction of their lives forever.

Thoughts on Christmas Crush

ThoughtsChristmas Crush is Christmas movie based on two different generations meeting in a new encounter, where they will all learn a valuable lesson about doing the right thing, standing up against the authority figures in their lives. This will start out with the typical type of meet cute between the school age characters, along with the parental figures looking back on their own lives with heartache. This will get turned on its head with an accident that will put even more on the line for the people involved. The story doesn’t go harder enough into the asshole boyfriend figure, which has a teasing, but in the end, they show he wants what is best. This will try to tug on the heartstrings when it comes to the peril involved about what might be happening, but in the end will dive into the idea that you will do the right thing for the person you love. This is everything you would expect from the Christmas movies we see on a yearly base, using it more as the backdrop for a serious emotional rollercoaster for the characters.

Signature Entertainment presents Christmas Crush on Digital Platforms 1st November

Final Thoughts Christmas Crush is the early by the books Christmas Movie you can enjoy.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – W – Wolves at the Door (2016) Movie Review

Director: John R Leonetti

Writer: Gary Dauberman (Screenplay)

Starring: Katie Cassidy, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adam Campbell, Miles Fisher, Chris Mulkey, Jane Kaczmarek, Spencer Daniels

Plot: Four friends are murdered in their home for no reason by four members of the Manson Family.


Tagline – When night falls….the wolves will hunt

Runtime: 1 Hour13 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Another Pointless Manson Film

Story: Wolves at the Door starts when four friends Sharon (Cassidy), Abigail (Henstridge), Wojciech (Campbell) and Jay (Fisher) return home from a early birthday party to continue the party at home, this night gets interrupted by some home invades for are part of a cult, looking to kill the four friends and we watch to see if the friends can survive.

Thoughts on Wolves at the Door

Characters – The characters here feel like they aren’t allowed to be based on the actual victims, even though Sharon is a pregnant actress, we don’t get the heavy proof this is actually Sharon Tate, needless to say the characters are so bland you won’t care about them, which is a true shame because if these are meant to be the real people, the script does them no justice, they are just friends, they have nothing about who they are or anything.

PerformancesThe performances here are not good either, this is mostly because of the pure lack of screen time for most of the stars, everything feels too rushed to let them become the characters they are meant to be playing.

StoryThe story here follows the Manson family attack on the Tate household. Now this is the fifth version of the Tate murder’s that I have seen in a year, the story is horrific, please can you stop exploiting it. The way this story unfolds is dull, we get no chance to meet the victims, the murders are a flash at it is over, we learn absolutely nothing about this horrendous attack and it just ends up exploiting it once again.

HorrorThe horror is mostly weak home invasion ideas, none really come off as scary as they should be.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the Tate house, which works for all it needs to, it doesn’t add anything to the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are basic, most violence happens off camera, leaving it to our own imagination about what is going on.


Scene of the Movie – None.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The pointlessness of doing another Tate murder film.

Final Thoughts This is a terrible film that just exploits the horrendous crime.

Overall: Dull and Uninspiring.