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All The Creatures Were Stirring DVD Review

Stirring

“All The Creatures Were Stirring” isn’t likely to become a holiday staple.

With Christmas a few weeks away now, studios are naturally releasing plenty of holiday themed titles. One such offering is the Christmas horror anthology movie written and directed by husband and wife duo Rebekah and David Ian McKendry titled “All The Creatures Were Stirring.” The wrap-around story (which is a story itself) finds two people (Max and Jenna) going to a strange live theater performance on Christmas Eve. The theater troupe acts out Christmas themed stories and we (the audience) then see a filmed version of these stories (no, it doesn’t make much sense). The stories of these segments involve an office Christmas party gift exchange gone horribly awry, a family man getting trapped by a demonic situation, a jackass single loner being visited by 3 ghosts “A Christmas Carol” style, a reindeer seeking revenge, and aliens.

I’ve stated time and time again on this site that I’m a huge fan of horror anthology films so obviously I was on board with watching “All The Creatures Were Stirring.” Alas, this one never finds its footing. From the clumsy wrap-around story to the non-scary, unfunny, and underdeveloped segments that never show enough, you’re always left wanting more and not in a good way. The material within this film mostly just comes across as cheap, disposable, low-budget horror fare.

Only 2 stories here sort of stand-out (emphasis on sort of). “Dash Away All” has a promising set-up and twist, but again, it feels underwritten. So much more could have been done with the premise. “In A Twinkling” is noteworthy because Constance Wu was somehow roped into being in this fake-out final segment. Unsurprisingly, she’s the best part of the whole movie cast wise.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1. How does it look? Worthy of a B or B+ grade.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? It does the job. No more, no less.

Extras: RLJ Entertainment trailers and a passionate and lively commentary by Rebekah and David Ian McKendry, Joe Wicker, and Morgan Peter Brown.

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December 4, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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