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REVIEW: The Happytime Murders

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The highly anticipated comedy/thriller ‘The Happytime Murders’ has been built as a raunchy, offensive comedy that is sure to entertain, and this weekend it had it’s chance to leave a lasting impression on audiences as it was released on Friday.

While the film, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Barretta, Joel McHale, Maya Rudolph and Leslie David Baker, certainly left an impression, it wasn’t a good one.

“Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.”

The film centers on the tension of the two former partners, and their disdain for one another, as they try to crack a case that forces them to reunite despite their mutual animosity. The laughs are few and far between, and when they don’t nail one of their many attempts at jokes, the movie is left floundering in a dull story, with cliches and a flow that won’t do anything other than put you to sleep.

For how excited I was, personally, to see this movie, it will be hard to top as the most disappointing flick of 2018, as it could have, and should have, been much more.

The Happytime Murders doesn’t just disappoint, it flat out doesn’t show up, giving the viewer a complete waste of time, and aiming more to put the audience to sleep than to actually entertain them, or conjure up anything more than a few rare chuckles.

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The Happytime Murders doesn't just disappoint, it flat out doesn't show up, giving the viewer a complete waste of time, and aiming more to put the audience to sleep than to actually entertain them, or conjure up anything more than a few rare chuckles.
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Lionsgate’s ‘Leprechaun Returns’ Arrives This December

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The return of everyone’s favorite evil, blood thirsty, and menacing leprechaun is upon us as Lionsgate films is rebooting the infamous ‘Leprechaun’ franchise with the film ‘Leprechaun Returns’, which will arrive on digital and On Demand on December 11th, 2018.

Steven Kostanski will be behind the camera directing, but Warwick Davis will not be reprising his role as the evil leprechaun, as Linden Porco will be taking on the character in what should be a bloody and gory good time for all.

According to the synopsis:

“The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first, he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.“

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Blumhouse, Amazon Partnering for Eight Original Genre Films

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Blumhouse Productions and Amazon have closed an exclusive production deal that will team up the two for a series of eight thriller/darkly-themed feature length productions, which will be made available via direct-to-service on Amazon Prime Video.

Furthermore, an element will link all the films together. Here is a statement on the collaborative project from Blumhouse’s Jason Blum:

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal,” Blum said, according to Deadline. “This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over.”

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‘The Farm’ Set to Arrive This Friday

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Red Hound Films’ indie horror ‘The Farm’ made a success run at the festivals earlier this year and is now set to officially arrive this Friday, November 16th via on Demand.

The film, directed by Hans Stjernswärd, stars Nora Yessayan, Alec Gaylord, and Ken Volok and tells the story of “a young couple gets kidnapped and treated like farm animals after stopping at a roadside diner to eat meat.” This will certainly be on our “to do list” this weekend.

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