Paul Andolina from Wrestling with Film is back with another seasonally appropriate horror film. I really appreciate him sharing all of these with you!
From this point on it will not feel like the Christmas season without writing at least one review here at B&S About Movies every year. It’s become one of my favorite things to do in December. You may remember my review for Mother Krampus last year, I wasn’t too fond of it and still have not revisited it like I had planned to. I did check out the sequel Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride this year though!
A sequel only in name, the film is about 4 young women, who almost having completed their community service, visit the house of a lovely old woman. Trouble is she isn’t the nice lady they first thought her to be.
You really have to stick with this movie as the first 15 minutes or so are not the most engrossing moments of the film for me. Those scenes are essential to plot development, though, and do not feel like they need to be cut out. After killing the family occupying the house, a masked intruder takes the place of the owner, Mrs. Smith. The faux Mrs. Smith is charming at first but it is always clear that she is an unsettling person. My favorite character of the film was Athena Slay, a drag queen with one of the sassiest attitudes ever. She is hilarious and really brings a little extra fun to the table.
The film is festive enough for me to get the feeling that this takes place around Christmas and though there is no snow it isn’t an issue in my opinion as not everywhere gets snow in December. This movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio possibly sometime in March if I had to guess, as a storefront shown in the movie has a Happy St. Patrick’s Day in the window. That’s just me nitpicking, though.
This movie had my attention in its grasp after the beginning plot set up and the characters made me care about their struggle. I feel that many slashers fail to accomplish this and just give us characters we want to see offed in violent ways. The kills are pretty good and the special effects were quite effective for me. Seeing the gradual decline of the antagonist after she welcomes these 4 ladies into her home ensured that I wanted to see what was going to happen to them.
This movie also has a connection to the world of professional wrestling as a bouncer in the film is played by former wrestler, Benny Benzino.
If you have 96 minutes to spare and want to check out a slasher film, you could do worse than Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride. Don’t let its title mislead you as this has nothing to do with Mother Krampus which could be a good or bad thing depending on your opinion of that film. Happy holidays!