It's A Wonderful Knife

It's A Wonderful Knife
10/23/23 RLJE Films has announced it will release It's A Wonderful Knife in theaters 10/10/23
It's A Wonderful Knife
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.
RLJE Films
Comedy, Horror, Mystery
1H 30M
Tyler Macintyre
Jane Widdop, Jess McLeod, Joel McHale, Katharine Isabelle, William B. Davis, Justin Long, Aiden Howard, Erin Boyes

"It's A Wonderful Knife," the latest release from RLJE Films, takes a unique and intriguing approach to the holiday movie genre. The film begins in a familiar setting, with everyone joyfully celebrating Christmas, but it quickly takes an unexpected and dark turn as a killer goes on a terrifying killing spree. This dark twist sets the stage for a story that, on the surface, seems like a blend of classic Christmas cheer and chilling horror.

The narrative then fast-forwards to what appears to be a year later, where the town's residents have tried to move on from the traumatic events of the previous Christmas. The film's protagonist, a woman burdened with guilt, wishes she had never been born, drawing parallels to the classic "It's A Wonderful Life." However, in this unique twist, she remains visible and audible to the townspeople, who inexplicably fail to recognize her. This adds a layer of complexity to the story as she grapples with the consequences of her actions and the town's altered fate due to her presence going unnoticed.

"It's A Wonderful Knife" certainly starts with a strong and captivating premise. The combination of a traditional Christmas setting with a horror twist is a refreshing departure from the typical holiday movie formula. The concept of changing the course of the previous year's events is intriguing and keeps the audience engaged, especially as the mystery unfolds.

However, the film does have its shortcomings. It appears that after the initial setup, the story levels off and doesn't fully capitalize on the potential of its intriguing premise. The pacing can feel uneven at times, and the suspense and tension that is built up at the beginning don't always carry through to the end. Nevertheless, there are a few unexpected twists that manage to keep the audience guessing, which adds some excitement to the viewing experience.

Justin Long's performance in the film is a standout, providing some much-needed levity and entertainment. His presence adds charm and depth to the movie, and he delivers a memorable performance that enhances the overall viewing experience.

In conclusion, "It's A Wonderful Knife" is a unique and promising film that starts strong with an original concept and a blend of holiday cheer and horror. While it doesn't fully live up to its initial potential and levels off at points, it still manages to hold your interest with some unexpected plot twists. Justin Long's performance is a highlight, making the film worth a watch for those looking for a different take on the holiday movie genre. I would rate this film a 3/5 for its inventive concept and a few compelling moments that make it a worthwhile addition to your holiday movie lineup.