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Release Date: 11/10/23 [Cinemas]
Genre: Comedy. Horror. Mystery.

Studio: RLJE Films.

"After saving her town from a psychotic killer, Winnie Carruthers' life is less than wonderful. When she wishes she'd never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe where without her, things could be much, much worse." 


In an age where films often remix classic tales with contemporary elements, It's a Wonderful Knife finds its place. Rooted in the iconic narrative of It's a Wonderful Life, the movie transitions from heartfelt drama to horror slasher, sprinkled with dark comedic moments. Invoking thoughts of Freaky and its slasher reinterpretation of Freaky Friday, or Happy Death Day and its unique twist on the Groundhog Day plot, It's a Wonderful Knife offers its own take on a cherished classic.


While it doesn't attain the revered status of its inspirations, it presents an enjoyable fusion of nostalgia and modern filmmaking. The plot is direct, and although it's unlikely to top lists of classic Christmas horror films, it serves as an entertaining diversion. Jane Widdup delivers a solid performance as Winnie Carruthers, capturing the character's emotional journey through an eerily alternate reality.


Justin Long, in his deliberately over-the-top portrayal of Henry Waters, embodies the smarmy small-town real estate mogul with flair. Using an exaggerated Southern accent and a flamboyantly arrogant attitude, he infuses a distinct humor into the narrative. The film does shine in its detailed set pieces, with particularly notable attention to gore and inventive kills. Horror aficionados will find these moments a gratifying touch.


All in all, while It's a Wonderful Knife won't revolutionize the genre, it provides a satisfactory experience for viewers seeking a fresh perspective on a well-known narrative.

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