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We discuss the shiny new holiday horror Slasher Santa brought us this year: “A Creature Was Stirring” and “It’s a Wonderful Knife”.

It's a Wonderful Knife

We begin, as always, with a discussion of the latest horror news.

Hollywood was crippled by strikes earlier this year. This led to several delays and changes, including Dune: Part II. Thankfully, some great character posters were released.

We also talk about one of the least talked about movies from one of our favorite actors. Plus, we take a look at the potentially great genre offerings coming at the end of the first week of December.

Then, it’s on to our featured reviews, unwrapping a couple of recent holiday horror releases. 

A Creature Was Stirring sounds like it is going to be a goofy holiday horror movie. A mother carefully takes care of her daughter who is suffering from a mysterious sickness. When two burglars break into her home, she is forced to confront her checkered past.

Along the way, there is a unique creature, some well-done Christmas vibes, and a pretty creepy story. However, the film’s ending completely threw us for a loop. It all but ruins every bit of goodwill built by introducing a plot twist that makes little sense in the story’s context.

We try to make sense of it and disagree over what it means for the movie as a whole. It also leads to the requisite conversation about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. (Spoiler alert: it isn’t.)

It’s a Wonderful Knife is a title that seems to trap a movie into being little more than a spoof. While there are some allusions to the Frank Capra classic, the 2023 film brings some fun new elements.

There are great characters, a fantastic villain, and a well-paced story that does not waste any time. It is a great addition to anyone’s holiday horror catalog overall.


Adventures in Movies! is hosted by Nathaniel and Blake. You can find Nathaniel on Instagram at nathaninpoortaste. Blake can be found on Twitter @foureyedhorror and on Instagram at foureyedhorror.

Intro by Julio Mena: Bandcamp | Instagram

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