Another classic slasher has returned to our screens, well – small screen. Leatherface is back, Halloween (2018)-style, in a direct sequel to the nearly 50-year-old original, that debuted all the way back in 1974. With a plethora of sequels and reboots under its wing, it stands to reason why resurrect such a graphic franchise? Well, because Leatherface’s chainsaw is not out of gas just yet.
Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre decides not to cover new ground, and instead sheds the usual, over-the-top graphic violence that the franchise is infamously (and famously) known for. As such, the performances are only second to the incredible kills, but there are some incredible noteworthy standouts here: Elsie Fisher’s school-shooting survivor Lila, and her older sister Melody, played by Sarah Yarkin. Second-time director, David Blue Garcia, has some incredible material to work with here, and he certainly succeeds in crafting a great addition to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre family of films.
One thing that comes with most Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies is that the story is always the same just with minor tweaks. Here, instead of a group of young adults making their way through rural Texas, our poor unfortunate souls are a cohort of young entrepreneurs wanting to revitalise the place into a trendy, gentrified community. The one thing that stands in their way is the one and only Leatherface, here played by Mark Bunrham. The TCM franchise has had many portray the notorious chainsaw-wielder, some good and some bad, but here Bunrham definitely knows how to portray the silent, menacing cult icon.
Acting as a direct sequel to the original, this 2022 entry in the series has definitely been influenced by other un-reboots (instalments that ignore reboots) such as the return of Halloween in 2018, and Candyman in 2021. This is easily shown with the return of the final girl from the original, Sally Hardesty, now played by Olwen Fouéré following the passing of Marilyn Burns who portrayed her in the first movie. There’s not much to this addition the story, but I did find what they did with the character to be incredibly satisfying. Scream (2022) had recently commented on the whole ‘requel’ treatment, and here I’d like to think the story behind this new entry, co-written by Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues, the masterminds behind the 2013 revival of Evil Dead, was as self-aware as it is perceived on camera.
Garcia’s entry, however, suffers from an incredibly short runtime – only 81 minutes long, not counting the credits. This results in many of the characters being thinly written, with any actual attempts to develop them quickly dropped as soon as Leatherface starts his blood-soaked chainsaw. It’s a fair trade, however, as if you’re not expecting much in terms of story, you’ll be greatly rewarded when it comes to the action that slashers like this franchise are known for delivering.
Donning a new mask and his trusty saw, Leatherface succeeds in leaving yet another catastrophic bloodbath in this sequel. Sure, the script is too on-the-nose at points when poking at the millennial generation, but this franchise isn’t known for being perfect slashers, and that’s the point of them; all they’re doing is letting Leatherface let rip and have a relatively successful, stylish go at giving some travellers hell.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released on Netflix on February 18th, 2022.
‘Violent Night’ Review | A Violent Delight & Bloody Christmas Caper!
HO HO HOLY HUMBUG!! Violent Night is an instant Christmas Classic packed with Festive Fun and Christmas Carnage! Tommy Wirkola blends gnarly bloody action with laughs and a magical story about believing. David Harbour Sleighs! as Santa Claus.
From 87North, the bare-knuckle producers of Nobody, John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Bullet Train and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw comes a coal-dark holiday action-comedy that says you should always bet on red. When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint!
Santa Claus Has Had Enough of Christmas
This Holiday Season, Santa Claus is coming to town in this ultra-violent sugar cookie-coated tale from writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller whilst directed by Tommy Wirkola who infuses his gore-soaked humour into this familiar holiday tradition that’s full of festive fun, ferocious fights, action-set pieces involving Christmas ornaments, Ice-skates, and a Nutcracker. “Violent Night” is sure to be a Christmas Crowd pleaser that’ll ultimately make you think twice about candy canes and the Christmas tree star whilst also being a fantastic homage to the seasonal genre classics like “Home Alone” and “Die Hard”.
“Violent Night” introduces David Harbour as Santa Claus, a cynic washing away and drowning his frustrations with booze on Christmas Eve, he’s feeling burned out by a world with too much greed and too little Christmas spirit, and he’s ultimately disgusted with the world’s consumerism. Harbour perfectly slips into the jolly red suit and into the role of this cranky, brutal, and savage version of Santa Claus, making it look effortless as he goes from a despairing drunk to a bloodthirsty warrior on the battlefront truly capturing some of the best Seasons Beatings with gruesome and inventive kills. However, Harbour also provides some of the film’s endearing, heartfelt moments when he magically goes down the chimney, eating decorative cookies, and interacting with Trudy played by Leah Brady definitely thawed out this jolly man’s heart.
Snow Way Out
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Lightstone residence. The Lightstone family, are an affluent and dysfunctional bunch gathering for Christmas at the countryside mansion of Gertrude Lightstone played by Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise). It’s a lavish estate that has been funded by the profitable family business. Jason Lightstone (Alex Hassell), his estranged wife Linda(Alexis Louder), and their daughter Trudy (Leah Brady) travel to the family and are joined by Jason’s alcoholic sister Alva (Edi Patterson), her new boyfriend and wannabe-action-star Morgan Steele (Cam Gigandet), and Alva’s influencer son Bert (Alexander Elliot).
However, Just as Santa arrives there to deliver gifts — and takes a break to sample some fine liquor along with his cookies — the criminal mastermind called “Mr Scrooge” (John Leguizamo) breaks in with his gang of minions, intending to steal $300 million from Gertrude’s vault. But the money appears to be missing, and the Lightstones are taken, hostage. John Leguizamo plays Scrooge, the leader of the mercenaries with skill and energy which is a perfect rival for Harbour’s Santa. Alongside his gang of mercenary minions aptly identified with Christmas codenames such as Candycane, Sugar Plum, Gingerbread, and Krampus provide some of the most hilarious and bloody moments.
“Violent Night” truly has its Season’s beatings as it’s jam-packed with ferocious fights and bloody deaths. The fights are incredibly well done, and the choreography and stunt of the action sequences are a work of art. Though at first, when the shooting begins, Santa doesn’t want to get involved. But once he recognizes Trudy’s involvement and realizes her goodness and innocence including her belief —which he dutifully looks up on a magical “Naughty and Nice” list—he determines that he must fight for her safety.
This movie is also rightly named “Violent Night” as it ultimately leaves pools of blood on the floor and blood spattered on the walls which in turn make the snow red. Throughout each action-set piece Santa batter’s the mercenaries with fists and heavy objects; stabs one with knives, sharpened candy canes and, well, anything with a point; and have their necks and body parts slashed or impaled on the likes of everything from axes and sharp Christmas ornaments to ice skates.
One sequence perfectly captures the essence and pays homage to “Home Alone”. it’s full of innocence, fun, and games as the traps that Trudy set are lethal.
HO HO HO
“Violent Night” is ultimately a story about Santa saving Christmas yet again, however this time with an onslaught of grisly holiday surprises. The movie’s heart is the magic of christmas, and even Santa doesn’t fully understand it, we see that magical force at play several times as he magically evaporates and whisks up a number of chimney flues and that his sack has the ability to store an endless number of gifts that he can magically pull out just by reaching in. The film also incudes a sountrack of festive themes and a creative use of Christmas songs which will leave audiences crying with laughter. Writers Pat Casey, Josh Miller and director Tommy Wirkola blends such gnarly bloody action with laughs and a magical story about believing.
“Violent Night” Ultimately achieves a perfect blending of genres and totally exceeds expectations, truly making it a wildly entertaining holiday horror caper. With it’s impressive body count, explosions, bloodshed, heart, and overall holiday cheer, “Violent Night” most definitely earns a spot on the Nice List! and If your able to see this in cinemas, do so as the experience on the big screen is epic. I intend to make this a part of my annual holiday movie watchlist from here on out.
“Violent Night” is now showing in Theatres!
Cailee Spaeny Circling Newest Installment in ‘Alien’ Film Franchise
Fox has continued their Alien franchise since its inception in the 1970s. The first film was groundbreaking for its gritty sci-fi horror themes creating one of the best heroines on screen with Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and it appears they may be trying to reinvent the wheel once again with the rumored choice to lead the next franchise installment.
According to multiple outlets, Cailee Spaeny is in talks with 20th Century to join the Alien franchise leading its latest set to be directed by Don’t Breathe director, Fede Alvarez. Though there are not many details coming with this scoop, we do know that the franchise will likely continue its trend of having the iconic creature known as the Xenomorphs attacking whatever humans they encounter, this time set to be led by Spaeny. The studio is hoping to wrap up its deal with the actress as soon as possible as they would like to have cameras rolling by early 2023.
Spaeny was recently seen in HBO’s Mare of Easttown but has two high-profile movies she’s working on currently. The first being cast as Priscilla Presley for Sofia Coppola’s upcoming romance movie aptly titled, Priscilla, which follows the relationship of the King of Rock and Roll and his wife. Spaeny will be joined by Euphoria star, Jacob Elordi who will portray Elvis. Additionally, she will star in Civil War, the latest from Alex Garland alongside Kirsten Dunst and Wagner Moura.
‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Adds ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Star Joseph Quinn
Joseph Quinn’s new character, Eddie Munson within Stranger Things Season 4 was beloved by fans everywhere making Quinn’s star rise. Now, after months of anticipation, fans can see Quinn joining another popular horror-based franchise.
According to a report from Deadline, Joseph Quinn is set to join the cast of A Quiet Place: Day One, a spinoff film of A Quiet Place developed by John Krasinski. Quinn will co-star in the movie alongside Lupita Nyong’o who was just recently added to the movie set to be directed by Michael Sarnoski.
Stranger Things Season 4 was one of my favorite seasons of television all year long and in recent memory. Part of the reason for that was the familiar favorites that have been with the Netflix original for past seasons, but Quinn’s Eddie Munson was a welcome addition and added an element that the show was missing. Despite the acting talents throughout the show, not all of the stars have taken off in the same way that Quinn has despite only appearing in the most recent season.
Sarnoski, who previously directed last year’s drama, Pig starring Nicolas Cage, signed on to direct A Quiet Place: Day One back in January while Nyong’o has been attached for only a short time entering negotiations in early-November. Nyong’o can be seen in theaters currently reprising her role as Nakia in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
A Quiet Place: Day One, though being an additional installment within the horror franchise, is not a continuation of the previous two films, but rather a spinoff that will probably not see John Krasinski nor Emily Blunt reprise their roles. However, Day One‘s story was written by Krasinski himself and he is developing the third film in the main storyline currently as Paramount is hoping to create their own universe following the rousing success of the first two movies. A Quiet Place: Day One hits theaters on March 8, 2024.
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