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It’s A Wonderful Knife          review by Bobby Blakey

I have to admit that unlike most I am not a fan of the film It’s A Wonderful Life and think it is highly overrated. That being said the idea of turning the story into a slasher flick sounded way more interesting than that film so was eager to see what V/H/S/99 and Into The Dark director Tyler MacIntyre with the film It’s A Wonderful Knife. The film stars Justin Long, Joel McHale, Jane Widdop, Katharine Isabelle, Jess McLeod and Cassandra Naud, but does it bring the holiday fun and terror or will it be a wish not worth making?


It’s A Wonderful Knife follows Winnie Carruthers, a year after saving her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve, whose life is less than wonderful — but when she wishes she’d never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe and discovers that without her, things could be much, much worse. Now the killer is back, and she must team up with the town misfit to identify the killer and get back to her own reality.


I had a blast with this film and absolutely loved it more than the holiday classic. Now it isn’t breaking any walls down in the genre, but just different and fun enough to make it stand out as something fun. Yes, it is following the beats of the original film and I fully expected that since it is essentially a horror reimagining.


The story is simple and you have to buy into the nature of what they are doing for it to work, but if you buy into the elements of the original then it should be just as easy here. The twist on the “angel” here is clever and I really dig the overall look of the killer. The film showcases elements of Back to the Future, Scream and of course It’s a Wonderful Life all wrapped up in a fun slasher bow.


My biggest complaint was that the kills weren’t overly memorable and I had hoped for more gore, but it still brings the blood. The twists aren’t that hard to

figure out, but still manages to keep it interesting with all the time changes as time travel movies do. In the end I had a fun time with this film and got exactly what I was expecting from it and hope it finds the audience it deserves.


Decide for yourself and check out It’s A Wonderful Knife in theaters November 10th from RLJE Films.  

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