- Elf 2017
Scott Miller, Lamar Billups, Matthew Helderman (executive), Luke Dylan Taylor (executive) for Gaslamp Entertainment, Glass Horse Films, BondIt
directed by Ben Milliken
starring Caroline Tudor, Brad Schmidt, Laura Niemi, Peter O'Brien, Brando Eaton, Eileen Dietz, Patrick Burch, Michael Shamus Wiles, Craig Rees, Stevie Jane Miller, Kim Bennett
written by Stevie Jane Miller, music by Kevin Ellison
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Sarah (Caroline Tudor) brings her boyfriend-they've-never-met-before
Ryan (Brad Schmidt) to her parents' (Peter O'Brien, Laura Niemi) place in
snowy small town Lake Alice for Christmas, and of course there are many
awkward situations, not only with the parents but also with the locals,
like the wannabe tough sheriff (Michael Shamus Wiles), weirdo Carl
(Patrick Burch), Sarah's ex Tyler (Brando Eaton) and his over-possessive
mum Jane (Eileen Dietz) - but overall it's just really nice holidays, over
the course of which Ryan even proposes to Sarah. Could things get any
better? Well, maybe, but they definitely take a turn for the worse when
one evening, someone tries to break into the house, cuts the phone and
power cords, and when Sarah's dad wants to confront whoever it is with a
gun, he dies from an axe in the back ... and suddenly, Ryan, Sarah and
Sarah's mum find themselves on the run, and they have no idea from whom.
Sure there's a long list of suspects, but they're killed off one by one
coming to our heroes' aid, so desparation's sure to grow to exceptional
At its heart, Lake Alice is a slasher movie,
and one with a masked killer even - but it does its best to escape the
usual mode and instead spends much time on character development and
build-up of tension. This makes the film's first half kind of slow for
sure, if seen as a pure shocker ... but it tells its set-up well, so if
one can enjoy more than just a movie's slice-and-dice quota, one might
find much to like here, and of course, a very solid cast really carry the
movie's slower bits.
Rather enjoyable, actually!