Ever since Krampus hit the screens in 2015, around this time of year our stockings become stuffed with Christmas themed Horror movies. One of the latest in this tradition is Elves, the 2018 movie from first time filmmaker Jamaal Burden.
This is not to be confused with the Elves film from 1989. This Elves was produced by Justin Price and Khu, the out of this world duo who brought you The Dawnseeker, which I also reviewed here on OC Movie Reviews.com.
The same Justin Price who wrote and directed The Elf in 2017. Elves is a quick draw sequel to The Elf, so I must admit I did not see The Elf, but I get a sense it will not be necessary to see both movies.
Elves is the story of a group of friends who gather for a party and give into peer pressure when they sign their names on a mysterious naughty list one of them brought. They quickly learn that now they are cursed, Elves inhabit the bodies of people around them to provoke them into killing themselves. The order in which they signed, sealed their fate and will determine the order of the deaths.
This movie is low budget, something I never hold against a filmmaker. In the case of Elves however, it feels like a low effort was put into most aspects of this movie. Resourceful indie filmmakers know that the one thing that cost you nothing is writing a script as good as it can be.
The one benefit we do have as indie filmmakers is time. The execution of the story and dialogue for Elves left a lot to be desired. I went to see who wrote the script, only to find nobody was listed? Then I went back to check the credits in the movie, still I could not find a person credited as a writer. I did learn that “Mr. X” is the editor of Elves, this could be his best work yet.