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Movie Review: ‘Ugly Sweater Party’

The holiday season is upon us which means lovable reindeer cartoons and movies about a green guy that hates Christmas, but if you’re more into comedy, gore and a splash of possession with your festivities, ‘Ugly Sweater Party‘ may be for you.

What is ‘Ugly Sweater Party’?

Ugly Sweater Party is about two friends that are invited to an, as the title suggests, ugly sweater party, and things go a bit awry when they discover that the party is being held at an unusual place and one of them may or may not end up with a mildly possessed sweater. 

The film was written and directed by Aaron Mento and stars a fantastic group of actors. The cast includes Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), Lara Jean ( Till Human Voices Wake Us), Hunter Johnson (From Jennifer), Charles Chudabala (Irrational Fear), Brad Potts (Puppet Master X: Axis Rising) and Marv Blauvelt (Snake with a Human Tail).

Review

Ugly Sweater Party is the perfect campy, holiday horror; it is refreshing to see a film that doesn’t go with the obvious ominous presence for this time of the year, Krampus. 

If you’re expecting a splatter show and to be completely terrified, this film is not for you. The best way to describe it would be a hint of Sleepaway Camp (minus the girl with a penis),  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation andJay and Silent Bob meet a possession movie with ugly sweaters, but in a perfectly blended, hilarious way. 


I’m going to have to fully recommend Ugly Sweater Party. It’s one of those movies that is so cheesy it’s actually amazing. Think traditional 80s camp comedy, amp that up and throw in lasers and an evil spirit. The film was very well written and acted out perfectly by the stellar cast. Felissa Rose and her horny, underappreciated housewife character stole the show; every time she was on screen, laughs were guaranteed. Believe is or not, the always sweet Sean Whalen makes a pretty great evil spirit, and the rest of the cast did an incredible job portraying the story and lending just the right amount of camp.  I for one would love a sequel next holiday season.

You can watch ‘Ugly Sweater Party‘ for yourself via Amazon Prime Video

Poster, Casting & Campaign for ‘Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3’

Blood Moon Pictures has seen great success in the indie horror community with the previous two installments of their Volumes of Blood horror anthology series, and are gearing up for the final installment of the blood soaked trilogy, Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3. P.J. Starks (Blood Moon Pictures) has launched a campaign via INDIEGOGO to help with the funding of Devil’s Knight; there has also been casting announcements and a poster reveal (created by artist artist Michael Broom (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story)) that is exclusive to only the backers of the campaign.

The Cast

Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Katie Stewart (The Wicked One), David McMahon (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon), Sonya Delormier (Angel), Ryan Matthew Ziegler (Butcher the Bakers), Harper Dawahare (The Rave), Patrick Keegan Taft (Under the Surface), Lucy Turner (The Caretakers), Todd Reynolds (Volumes of Blood), Tiffany Arnold (The Sleeper), Daniel Alan Kiely (Bong of the Living Dead), Roni Jonah (The Hornet’s Disciple and The Scars She Left), Jason Crowe (The Bad Man), Tyler Riley (Scream for Summer), Julie Anne Prescott (Kill Dolly Kill: Dolly Deadly 2, Clownado) Olivia Jacobs and many more. The production is still in the process of finding and securing directors and funding.

The Poster

Devil's Knight Poster Promo

As previously mentioned, the poster for Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3 was designed by artist Michael Broom, known for his work with The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. The only way to secure one of these incredible posters for yourself is to donate to the campaign ($5 and up).

The Campaign

The funding goal via this campaign is $15,000 (already 12% funded with a total of $1,845). Like all other crowdfunding campaigns there are perks available for each donation tier (tiers range from $5 to $1,000). Perk tiers include the poster seen above, a Blu-ray copy of the film, various swag items, social media thank yous and even producer credits. There are still two months left in this campaign; if you are interested in helping an amazing group of indie filmmakers complete a fantastic horror trilogy, you can donate HERE.

For more information on Blood Moon Pictures and the Volumes of Blood trilogy, like the Volumes of Blood Facebook page and follow @VolumesofBlood on twitter.