Spoiler-Free Review of “Silent Night” (2021) on AMC+: Not what I was expecting…

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“Tonight is all about love and forgiveness…”

Silent Night (2021) released on December 3rd 2021 on AMC+ and on demand. The horror comedy film stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Lucy Punch, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp and Sope Dirisu. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Family and friends gather together for a Christmas dinner filled with drama as we soon discover that they are all facing the end of the world the very next day.

Here is the trailer:

Silent Night (2021) has an exceptional cast and an entertaining formula, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Exceptional cast.

The best part of the movie by far is the cast. Everyone brings something to the table even though there weren’t too many stand-out characters. I still thought that the performances were excellent and the dynamic between the family worked for the most part.

Starts off with a lot of potential.

I actually really enjoyed the beginning of this film. The interactions were humorous and I thought the concept was a good one. I was hoping to get a Ready or Not vibe, but things took a drastic turn…

The Cons:

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Slow pacing…

After the strong start, the pacing went downhill. This movie really dragged and I felt like I was watching it for way longer than 90 minutes. I think the movie should have kept the humor going and it did make an effort, but a lot of it didn’t land for me unfortunately.

Morbid and depressing.

This movie is supposed to be a black comedy and I thought it was so dreary and dismal. The timing of this film during the pandemic also was problematic for me and although it was shot prior to it, I couldn’t help making some comparisons, especially with all of the talk about the government and politics…

There is a major twist at the end of the film that will certainly get people talking, but I almost would have preferred a different kind of a twist entirely. 

So am I in or out?

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Unfortunately I’m out on this one…

While I’m sure some people may find this movie brilliant, I was not a fan. I thought it had so much potential and an excellent cast, but it failed to execute something truly worth watching and I think that the trailer was really misleading.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Silent Night (2021) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Malignant” on HBO Max: Bizarre Blend of Genres

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“It’s all in my head…”

Malignant released on September 10th 2021. The supernatural horror film is currently available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max. It stars Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young and Michole Briana White. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty minutes.

After experiencing some violent and shocking visions, a young pregnant woman begins to realize that they may actually be based in reality, linking them to her past.

Here is the trailer:

Malignant is directed by Saw’s James Wan, which could be extremely promising for horror fans, but does this film ever truly find its identity? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Visually intriguing.

This entire film had so many stunning and unique visual effects. The use of perspective was also extremely well done. I thought this helped the film stand out from other supernatural horror films. The intensity was there, but in a different way. The body horror displayed was really disturbing as well…

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Decent beginning and ending.

The opening of the film was really creepy and intense. I was on the edge of my seat and looking over my shoulder quite a few times. The middle part of the movie fell off in terms of pacing for me, but the ending was shocking in a way and reeled me back in. The mystery at the core of the film also keeps you invested until the end although I am sure there will be mixed reactions to the reveal.

The Cons:

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Major identity crisis.

Several genres blended together during this film, which made the plot jump around so much. The middle of the film went in so many different directions and it was a little messy. I still don’t really know what this film was attempting to be and I started to really contemplate what I was actually watching, which was frustrating at times. Some of the reveals were pretty predictable as well, but I just felt like I was being tossed all over the place for the majority of the film.

Glosses over real issues.

Our main character went through quite a lot in her life and while these elements and flashbacks were introduced, they were never really developed and we are just supposed to accept that they happened and move on. I couldn’t connect that well to our main character even though Annabelle’s Annabelle Wallis presented us with a solid and chilling performance. 

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

The visual effects and unique use of perspective presented us with a lot of chilling moments, but the lack of a solid identity made this film go off the rails several times. There were decent performances and the mystery was interesting enough to keep you watching until the end. This movie was a really weird watch for me, but it does have some redeeming moments. It just may not be what you were hoping for from the trailer…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Malignant in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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