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DVD Review: All The Creatures Were Stirring

All the Creatures Were Stirring was written and directed by David Ian McKendry and Rebekah McKendry and stars Constance Wu, Amanda Fuller, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Graham Skipper, Brea Grant, Jesse Merlin and Ashley Clements.

Ho, ho, no! The joyful spirit of the holidays is about to take one dark turn after another. From sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to keep you from getting out of bed to see what’s under the tree this holiday season. Constance Wu and Jonathan Kite headline a sensational ensemble cast in this devilish stocking stuffer of a movie.

All the Creatures Were Stirring is a holiday horror anthology that consists of five segments and a wraparound. The wraparound follows a young man and woman who go on an awkward date to this stage play that slowly turns into an extremely weird experience for them. Each act begins and then shifts into a full-blown short segment full of horror and comedy. The first segment is called “The Stockings Were Hung” and follows an uncomfortable office Christmas party that quickly turns into a complete nightmare for some co-workers because a maniac has locked them inside the building and forces them to play his deadly game of – lets open booby trapped presents and see who dies. “Dash Away All” is the next segment that follows a last minute Christmas shopper who’s in a rush to get home to his family but he accidentally locks himself out of his car. Strangely, the only other people left in the parking lot are two young women in a creepy old van who show some kindness to the man but they’re also hiding something sinister and sadly the man finds out what it is.

The next segment is called “All Through the House” and it’s kind of similar to A Christmas Carol and follows this man that has to learn some tough life lessons – some freaky and some terrifying. “Arose Such a Clatter” is a really fun segment that deals with a distracted driver that runs over something crossing the road and guess what he hits? A reindeer! There’s also a witness and guess who it is? It’s Rudolph with his nose so bright and he’s pissed! Through POV, the viewer gets to watch this angry reindeer get some sweet revenge on the distracted driver that killed – Blitzen. The fantastic final segment is called “In a Twinkling” and follows some friends who are having a small Christmas party that gets really strange when three of the friends get all weird on the host couple. There’s some unfortunate history that reveals itself thanks to the weird things happening but everything works out in the end. This one plays like an episode of “The Twilight Zone” and is definitely my favorite.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and special features. The DVD disc also includes some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I thought All the Creatures Were Stirring ended up being a really fun holiday anthology that mixes up horror and comedy just right. This movie was actually the directing debut for David Ian McKendry and Rebekah McKendry and I thought they did a great job with the strong point easily being the storytelling. We’ve gotten plenty of Christmas-themed horror movies over the years but not nearly enough anthologies so this one was definitely a welcomed addition to the genre plus it’s the perfect time of year for its arrival. The stories and characters were all interesting and fun to follow, and like I stated up top, there’s a nice mixture of horror and comedy in each segment. There’s one segment that gives a fantastic nod to “The Twilight Zone” and it’s easily my favorite of the five. The only flaw is, like all indie features, this one probably had some budget restraints and if a few of the segments had a little more money to play with for better special effects they would have looked a lot better. With that said, I still think the McKendrys and their team did a great job with what they had to work with and the end result is an entertaining horror anthology that’s worth checking out. All the Creatures Were Stirring will be available on DVD on December 4th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only extra included on the DVD is some audio commentary with the filmmakers.

 

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