Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best cultist 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?
TV is bad for you!
A few minutes into this movie, I knew where it was coming from. It had Saw written all over it and it wasn’t even subtle about it. This is a “what if” situation. What if Saw took place on Christmas? What if the threat was supernatural? That’s not much of a twist, though. We find out in the first half, because this little game just doesn’t make sense without a villain from another dimension.
When the protagonists found out they were locked in, I didn’t feel their concern. And, when they started eating their Christmas supper like nothing serious had happened, and as if their lives weren’t jeopardized, the film lost me. The characters just didn’t give a fuck until blood started shedding. How could they sleep like babies and eat like kings? This script is problematic.
The character arcs are so extreme we can’t keep up with the drama. Most go from “no fucks given” to full-on psychosis. The film has a spiritual angle, but it contrasts with the ludicrous fact that the characters are receiving order from a television. Yes, it’s as dumb as it sounds. Loved the ending, on the other hand! I wish it wasn’t crammed in the last ten minutes.