Number 14 on the Countdown to Halloween
The Banana Splits Movie
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
What a creeptasically bloody take on the classic kids show! I’m not fully sure what I was expecting to see when watching The Banana Splits Movie, but this wasn’t it. What I just watched was shocking, in the best way.
Harley (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) is a huge fan of The Banana Splits show and for his birthday his mom, Beth (Dani Kind) bought him tickets to see the show live! With five tickets, it’s a family event but they also bring along one of Harley’s classmates, Zoe (Maria Nash). While his douche bag dad, Mitch (Steve Lund) seems less than excited to go, his older brother Austin (Romeo Carere) is happy to be there for Harley.
At the studio the news breaks that this will be The Banana Splits final performance. This is due to the new guy in charge thinking that the show is, “old and stupid,” I believe that’s the technical way of saying that. When the Splits get wind of this, things take a turn for the worse. Stuck in the mindset that the show must go on, The Banana Splits are willing to kill anyone who stands in the way of their performance.
At the after show meet and greet, Harley and his family manage to get separated… because, yanno, horror. Soon, each of them are facing the bloody end of the long time show. To survive, the group will have to gather together and fight their way out.
Holy shit I loved this movie! I honestly thought this was going to be some cheesy horror comedy that focused more on the comedy side, but no.
This movie played on a fear I have, which is the fear of something going wrong in a controlled environment. For instance, I get more scared than I should in haunted houses because I’m worried that a real killer will sneak in. Yeah.. you can stop laughing now!
The Banana Splits were surprisingly creepy. At times that they just stood there looking at someone and then they would slowly walk away. I think not knowing what will happen next really made it worse. On top of that, when they did chase after someone, those bitches were fast. Creepy.
I LOVED the kills in this movie! They were beautifully brutal. Again, I just did not expect this movie to bring it so hard. The horrifying kills were perfection and reminded me of the kills I’ve seen in older movies. When I was a kid, the Leprechaun movies really freaked me out, and there was a kill in this movie that was straight out of Leprechaun 3. The mixture of the creative kills and the awesome special effects made the blood bath perfect.
While it’s pretty easy to predict who will die, it doesn’t take away from the movie at all. I wrote down everyone I thought was going to die, but the way they did it was a mystery.
This was such a fun, bloody, horror comedy that just made my day!
Creepy. The Banana Splits Movie was definitely creepy. However, I wouldn’t say it has True Fear. It’s funny, so just enjoy it as a horror comedy and know that it is filled with blood and guts, literally.