For the month of October, I joined a 31 Days of Horror Movies challenge. But book, wine, and tea reviews will be back in November.
Dismembering Christmas (2015)
I really wanted to like this film, and while I didn’t hate it, I think I said, “WTF?!?” at least 20 times.
If I hadn’t rented it and was watching it for this challenge, there is a good chance I would have turned it off, due to the really bad sound in some places, especially at the beginning. When they were crunching through the snow and talking, I couldn’t even understand what they were saying. I had the TV’s sound up really high so I could usually hear them, but then was continually turning it down.
Then there was the editing in spots. There were more spots then this, but I’m trying to keep this review short. Two of the women are down by the lake, and Mark is coming down the stairs, then he’s just instantly by their side.
Emma all of a sudden freaks out for no reason (she doesn’t yet know there’s a killer on the loose). She’s staring at us, slowly backing up to the wall. But there is nothing/no one there. Then she wakes up and is laying on the floor right next to the fire place with her head on rock. (Was she drugged and I didn’t notice?)
The step-dad at the beginning looks to be around the same age as the kids. And the way he was putting the presents under the tree… shoving them under with the ribbon on the bottom. Petty of me, perhaps, but it was done in such a way that it really stood out.
And some of the shots were played out way too long, like when the step-dad was decorating with the tinsel on the counter. And when they are tromping up the stairs, instead of focusing on the feet forever, at least give us a butt shot!
Some of the actors did a pretty good job, like Mark and Katie. And Justin reminded me looks wise, of a cross between Jensen Ackles and Matthew Lillard, so that was nice. Plus the naked butt shot was appreciated.
But where where the boobs?? It’s a slasher film! When Katie was in the bathroom getting ready to take a bath, this would have been a perfect opportunity.
If I were to watch this again, it would be as a drinking game with a group of friends. We would drink every time one of us said, “WTF?!?”; because we couldn’t hear what they were saying, the story line stumbled due to editing, or some rando shows up even though they are supposed to be in the middle of nowhere, and it is way too cold to just be wandering around the woods in Wisconsin.