So, I clicked this randomly since I thought it was a TV show. Maybe like a comedic (Because of Adam Scott) horror (because of the ‘The Omen’ looking kid) or something? haha. And I thought that sounded like it could be fun and interesting. Turned out it was a film. I decided to watch anyway for a bit to see how it was.
Director/Writer: Eli Craig (Zombieland, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil)
Cinematographer: Matthew Clark (30 Rock, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates)
Editor: Tia Nolan (How To Be Single, Friends with Benefits, Spanglish)
Cast: Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Gary who has just married Samantha the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son may be the Antichrist. – Synopsis, imdb.com
Here’s what I thought of it:
So, turned out it was a comedy horror, which the cover/poster of the film gives away. At first I thought the films was pretty decent. I even found some of it to actually be a bit scary and tension building. Around the middle mark however, I felt it got a bit too much in silliness and too comedic, but not in a funny way.
It has some references to quite a few horror films, like obviously ‘The Omen’ (1976), but also ‘The Shining‘ (1980), ‘Rosemary’s baby‘(1968), ‘The birds‘(1963) and a few more.. and for some reason ‘Star Wars‘? haha. Hence, why I continued to watch it, because I really like those original films. This was a parody though, kind of like the ‘Scary Movie‘ franchise, except not that exaggerated.
The camera moves also assimilated a horror film look with its “following” moves, and the use of flash light and mirrors are also familiar horror film elements we all know. This is what made some of the scenes actually a bit nerve-wrecking despite it being a comedy, and it was only when it switched to being more comedy than horror that I felt it went down-hill. It’s hard to mix genres, even though this guy made a pretty good job with ‘Zombieland‘ (2009) a free years back! I think the technical aspects of this film is pretty good. The editing is fun and the cinematography is great.
When it comes to the characters in the film, I think most of them are pretty funny. For instance, the wedding filmmaker, Karl (Tyler Labine), is doing a great parody of these kinds of horror films haha! The lead woman, Samantha (Evangeline Lilly), also haha. She’s amazing, playing this naive mother that apparently has No Idea about what is going on! It’s like everyone is playing a parodic character and Gary (Adam Scott) is thrown into it not knowing. The kid kind of looks like the kid from ‘The Omen’ at times too, which is creepy, but he is also really cute when he is supposed to. Obviously is not exactly an original story as it takes from all these other film, so it’s nothing new in regards of that.
So all in all, you know, it was entertaining. It lost me a bit from the middle to the end, but what can you expect from this kind of a movie? I at least didn’t expect much. The beginning was pretty good. But it would’ve been better if it was a tv series!
That’s a pretty nice rating, only cause the first half was decent. It is an entertaining movie if you want an easy watch.