films seen
8
average score
3.18*
nationality
USA - 46 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Deathcember

by Lazar Bodroza, B.J. Colangelo, John Cook Lynch, Steve De Roover, Ruggero Deodato, Sonia Escolano, Isaac Ezban, Florian Frerichs, Rémi Fréchette, Sadrac González-Perellón, Trent Haaga, Juergen Kling, Ama Lea, Sang-woo Lee, Andreas Marschall, Annika Marx, Pollyanna McIntosh, Lucky McKee, Bob Pipe, Julian Richards, Jason Rostovsky, Alyosha Saari, Dominic Saxl, R. Zachary Shildwachter, Milan Todorovic, Michael Varrati, Vivienne Vaughn, Sam Wineman
Specifics
2019 / 145m - Germany
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Deathcember poster

Extensive seasonal horror anthology presented as an advent calendar. It's like the ABC's of Death, only with Christmas-themed shorts. It's a great way to start any movie run-up to Christmas, at least if you're into horror cinema (and all its genre relatives), as it's a lot less jolly than the usual Christmas fare.

24 shorts, about 5 minutes each, is quite a lot for an anthology, especially when you also count the two bonus shorts hidden away in the credits. It makes for a good 2.5 hours of cinema where every 5 minutes your mind needs a little reset. While I appreciate the high level of diversity, I think it would've been better if this had been 30 minutes shorter.

Otherwise, there's very little to complain about. There's always going to be shorts that stick out while others fade away in the background, but the broad international selection, the varied mix of styles, genres and topics (while all holiday-related of course) and the many inspired ideas really keep Deathcember interesting and entertaining. I hope they turn this into a yearly tradition.

Tales of Halloween

by Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet
Specifics
2015 / 92m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Tales of Halloween poster

All Cheerleaders Die

by Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Specifics
2013 / 89m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
All Cheerleaders Die poster

The Woman

by Lucky McKee
Specifics
2011 / 101m - USA
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Woman poster

The inoffensive

Kindred Spirits

by Lucky McKee
Specifics
2019 / 90m - USA
Genre
Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Kindred Spirits poster

Decently acted and directed, but not quite as edgy as McKee's better films. While the setup shows enough promise, the middle part is somewhat tepid and the ending feels rushed and conflicted. It's not a terrible film and it does have its moments, but it's definitely not part of the McKee essentials, so keep your expectations in check.

Sick Girl

by Lucky McKee
Specifics
2006 / 56m - USA
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Sick Girl poster

The Woods

by Lucky McKee
Specifics
2006 / 91m - USA
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Woods poster

Worthy but flawed

May

by Lucky McKee
Specifics
2002 / 93m - USA
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
May poster