The Elf Synopsis: Nick is haunted by night terrors stemming from a tragic murder he saw when he was young. After inheriting an old toy shop, he discovers a cursed elf doll sealed inside an ancient chest with a naughty list of his family’s names written on it. He soon discovers that the elf was an evil conduit meant to unleash a supernatural killing spree during the Christmas Holidays by whomever set it free.
Tagline: All is not calm.
Release Date: November 7th, 2017 | Runtime: 1 hr 28 min | Coolthulus Earned: 4
The Elf Review
The Elf was the funniest horror movie I have watched in quite a while. When I heard they were making Elf on the Shelf into a horror movie, my initial reaction was to groan (and giggle). But as soon as I got the press release about the movie, I knew I had to watch it.It looked like it was going to be delightfully horrible, and indeed it was. Yes, I said delightfully horrible. This was sheer, unashamed-of-itself cheese. It was over-acted, completely ridiculous, and didn’t try for even an ounce of realism. And I loved it (mostly).
I had high hopes for the movie within the first few minutes, and they were mostly well born out. There were only a few things that kept me from absolutely adoring this movie, mostly having to do with rough acting from a few of the cast members and a couple of scenes that had me yelling at the screen.
Natassia Halabi’s character, Victoria, was interesting. At the beginning of The Elf I really didn’t think I was going to like her. However, fairly early on, her reactions to the Elf were so “what anybody should do when confronted with a creepy doll” that she quickly grew on me. She ended up being my favorite character by the end of the movie. Nick, played by Gabriel Miller, on the other hand, drove me nuts. Miller just didn’t sell that character well at all, and the scenes were he is stressed out are almost painful to watch. (I don’t think he’s bad, he just needs more more experience under his belt.)
The few scenes where you actually see the Elf in full on action were fantastic. If you like the Child’s Play movies, you need to watch The Elf. If you go into this expecting an actual ‘good’ horror movie, you’ll be sorely disappointed. But if you are of the type that thinks the world needs more movies of the Evil Dead, Child’s Play, and Sharknado type movies, you’re in for a treat. While the Elf doesn’t have Chucky’s flair for dialogue, he’s able to prove that it’s not the size of the knife that matters, but how you use it. Watching this calf-high terror stalk its prey will have you treating your Elf on the Shelf with a new respect (or at least affection).
Look, even for a movie that is perfectly targeted at campy horror lovers, the movie isn’t perfect. The Elf has its share of problems. However, those problems are way outweighed by the massive amounts of stupendously awesome moments that are sprinkled throughout the movie. The Elf had me laughing so hard that I had to start being very careful about when I chose to eat a bite of popcorn because I kept cracking up.
Overall, very happy with The Elf. I was having a bad night, and it still managed to make me giggle. Well done!