A good Thanksgiving horror movie has always been quite hard to come by, sure there are few out there but aside of something like 1987’s ‘Blood Rage’ the pickens are slim. Well I decided to take a chance yesterday on a brand new one called ‘Black Friday’ and was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this comedically gory and ultra gooey little horror flick. To be honest I really wasn’t expecting a whole lot even though it co-stars Bruce Campbell as the manager of a lame ass modern toy mart on Thanksgiving evening. I wasn’t particularly 100% sold on the trailer but I really wanted to see something different this year that brought some possible holiday horror cheer.
I’d at first thought this might be just another trashy low level zombie movie but right from the get go it’s clear this one’s got something more sinister going on which was immediately a relief. We start off with the discovery of a strange small glowing pulsating blob like creature discovered inside of the store by a late night maintenance man. My assumption: it must be some sort of alien, whatever it is, I’m in!
We quickly turn to our rather diverse cast of characters (whom I think are all pretty interesting) as they ready themselves for Black Friday of course! As the ravenous line of impatient shoppers grows outside of the toy mart we can see a few of them are definitely not looking too fucking healthy & the employees on the inside are gonna encounter something a lot more challenging than the average filthy greedy shoppers this year.
The plot here is about as simple as it gets, gang of ridiculous employees has to survive the night against a horde of monsters. But that’s not to say this movie doesn’t have a bit more going for it. I guess the best way to describe this one would be almost like if you took ‘The Breakfast Club’, mashed it up with ‘Evil Dead 2’ and set it inside a modern department store. There’s a lot of great character development too that adds some sweet charm & heart to the experience as well as upping the stakes for survival. Plus like I said, we get the treat of Bruce Campbell arriving to add that extra bit of b-movie legitimacy to it all.
One of the best aspects here are the monsters and the slimey, gorey effects on display. From what I could tell, almost entirely done via practical effects. It’s also got a nice lean run time of around 80 minutes, with a brisk pace, plenty of action, funny characters, gore and some pretty well done comedy. Also it’s really anyone’s guess who’s gonna survive this thing.
Yet, that’s not to say this is a perfect film, the actual toy store that it takes place in is a pretty ugly generic looking set piece. Even less fun to look at than a freakin’ Walmart. A more interesting environment could have really added a lot, a uniquely spooky looking toy store to add that extra layer of creepiness to the atmosphere. And although some of the effects towards the final standoff were pretty cool in regards to the creature, the general execution of it all felt quite clunky and a bit lazy. It could have really wowed in those final moments but fell a bit short of the mark for what had been executed quite well before, for me personally. However these are small qualms in the larger scheme of a relatively high grade creature feature. For me my favorite genre of horror.
Doubling as a Thanksgiving horror movie as well as a Christmas one ‘Black Friday’definitely delivers on many of its promises and if you’re looking for something that might be a nice double feature with say ‘Gremlins’ or ‘Krampus’ then I think there’s a decent amount here to fully enjoy. Definitely check it out if you’re feeling frisky this holiday season for surprisingly fun holiday themed horror flick jam packed with monster mayhem..
Happy Thanksgiving to all Universal Dorks out there!! Today hopefully people will be able to at least cook up some good food to take the edge off of the pandemic worries we’ve all felt lately? Well if that’s the case perhaps you’d consider a few recipes straight from the classic Marvel superheroes themselves! Yes in 1977 Marvel released the ‘Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cook Book’!!
This was way back when things were a bit simpler and people had more of a sense of humor about stuff in a way that people of the Earth in 2020 can’t quite seem to comprehend. Now I’m not quite sure just how tasty these recipes actually are but they’re certainly fun to check out. It’s got the art of Joe Giella who also did the Marvel fitness book which is awesome too. Anyway take a gander at some of these hilarious recipes when superheroes were still full of wonder and just plain fun..
Deck the halls people! I checked out the new Christmas thriller / horror flick “Better Watch Out” last night as I was beginning to crave me some holiday themed mayhem! I really had no idea just what to expect, but had heard this one had a few twists and turns under it’s belt and of course I love creepy Christmas movies so why the hell not kick off the holiday season with a possible bang. ‘Better Watch Out’ is indeed an interesting movie, especially because it of it’s clever mind game it plays at it’s nasty core. More thriller than horror, with it’s fair share comedy and seemingly lighthearted holiday seasoned set up.
We never really think that things like Thanksgiving and Comic books go together, but hey comic book characters have gotta take some time off to spend some time breaking bread together right? Well here’s a few cool images of some of the icons spending turkey day together-check it out!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hey today is the day to feast and eat Turkey right? Well check out this old Daffy Duck 1949 toon where he gives his turkey pal the lowdown on Thanksgiving! All you dorks out there have a great day and make sure you really do at the very least today really think of all the things you are truley thankful for in life-there’s alot!
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I’ve already rented my copy of Planes, Trains & Automobiles to watch with a belly full of turkey and a few glasses of wine down the hatch. But the hard thing about thanksgiving for me is that there just doen’t seem to be any real thanksgiving themed horror movies out there that are easily accessible to the masses. Actually it doesn’t really seem like there are any at all! Well look no further if you are craving something different this year after the big feast.
If you get a chance check out “Thankskilling” which was released last year on dvd. It’s about a killer turkey who’s out getting his revenge on t-day! Yeah so there wasn’t much of a budget for this film, only $3500 but hey what the hell else are you gonna watch that’s really even mildy entertaining? Well check this out but just make sure your guests are ready for something truely terrible!!
Want the whole scoop on Thanks killing check this out..
God damn am I excited for the the upcoming Robert Rodriguez flick “Machete” which spawned from the faux trailers of the Grindhouse movies!!
Today the new trailer was just released so I figured it’d be a good time to post it up here. It’s got some amazing people starring in it and looks like it should have been the third feature in the Grindhouse double feature that Rodriguez and Taratino released a few years back. I have been pumped ever since I heard that this movie was actually happening and what’s even more exciting is seeing the return of Steven Seagal to the big screen!!
Hey Eveyone have a great Thanksgiving day today! Eat well, drink alot of wine, enjoy good times with friends and family but if you get the chance watch the greatest thanksgiving movie of all time: Planes, Trains and Automobiles! Here’s one of my personal favorite scenes as Steve Martin on his epic, yet frustrating trip home to make it back to his family for thanksgiving, is promised a rental car that simply isn’t there. But thats not all, the shuttle that drops him off leaves him stranded miles away from the rental car agency! Watch him blow his top in one of the best John Hughes movies ever…