All the Creatures Were Stirring (2018)

Written and directed by husband and wife, David Ian McKendry and Rebekah McKendry.  Starring Amanda Fuller, Brea Grant, Constance Wu, Jocelin Donahue, Jonathan Kite, Katie Parker, Maria Olsen, Mark Kelly, Matt Long, Megan Duffy, Michelle DeFraites and Stephanie Drake.

Plot: a couple on an awkward date go to a strange theater to watch a series of weird little plays.

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ALL THE STOCKINGS WERE HUNG  

In this really, really stupid story, an office party is made to play Dirty Santa until they all die.  It doesn’t follow science.  They turned on each other so quickly.  It was all so ridiculous.

DASH AWAY ALL  

A man is tethered to a demon because he was born on Christmas.  It’s not a good story, it’s a bad story.  It’s cruel.  Better acting than the first story though and the effects were awesome, but it still wasn’t nice.

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ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE  

We actually liked this one.  A man is visited by ghosts on Christmas and it was quite funny.  As it sounds, it’s very reminiscent of Dickens, but in a light way.  We actually liked this one though.  It seems – for us anyway – the stories keep getting better as the movie goes on.

AROSE SUCH A CLATTER  

A man hits a reindeer that turns out to be Blitzen and then Rudolph attacks him.  It treated us like we were simple, but we dug it.  It was also unrealistic, but hella interesting.  It had a terrific motive and some incredible acting.

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IN A TWINKLING  

In this original story, some aliens spend Christmas on Earth with two people.  Two likable people.  We dug it.  It was different, but the acting was effective and the ending was really, really cool.

The wraparound about the couple on the date was also intriguing and we gave it some extra points for that.  Don’t be turned off that it’s not of the highest quality.  It’s a decent watch.

My score: 52.  DJ’s score: 55.

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