Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best alien, animal, cultist, demon, ghost, giant, lycanthrope, mutant, revenant, serial killer, vampire, wizard, and zombie movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Feels like Christmas morning!
This shameless franchise has known more downs than ups. With the inclusion of a still wobbly Part 5, it keeps spiraling downward despite instigating great concepts. Like the last two movies, this one contains strong supernatural elements. In fact, it uses the Christmas gimmick more quintessentially than its predecessor did. Every Holiday cliché is used in a creative way to either scare or kill.
Overall, this is more than a decent slasher. Many clever practical effects are used to animate the possessed toys. They move and kill much like robotic insects would. Contrary to most previous installments, the actors make an otherwise ludicrous story feel plausible, overcoming one of the major ball and chain of the past: overacting.
Photography was a recurring weakness, too. This is the best looking sequel so far. It’s creepy, cheesy and fun; simultaneously or sporadically. The main protagonist is a child and his part is handled well. Most performers appear natural enough to carry a good but flawed script. This is the best of the five movies, but it won’t generate a cult following. It’s not bad enough to mark the audience.