Review of "Ugly Sweater Party" by The Headless Critic
Ugly Sweater Party – 2018
Production by: Ocular Migraine Productions
They called him insane. Who’s laughing now? Ten years ago Declan Rains (Sean Whalen) wore the sweater and they murdered him for it. Even in death he seeks his revenge. A supernatural sweater haunted by the spirit of a murderer finds a new home. “Every wreath on every door will have the symbol of my master. Every present will be wrapped in flesh and every manger will be a urinal. All will mock the power of Christ.”
Spring break was five months ago and Susan (Tiffani Fest) and her fraternal twin Samantha (Emily Dahm) have probably forgotten about them. Jody (Hunter Johnson) and Cliff (Charles Chudabala) still decide to attend their Ugly Sweater Party where all sinners are welcome. Thinking he was going to have more butt sex with Susan, or was it Samantha? Jody didn’t read the whole text message. Halfway there they realize it’s an ugly sweater party. Underprepared the roommates trying to find mates come across a hobo with the ugliest sweater of them all. Dressed to impress, this possessed sweater consumes the jovial spirit who wears it.
Why is the sweater possessed? “Only our heavenly father knows, and I ain’t gonna fucking ask him.” Just like an ugly Christmas sweater, Ugly Sweater Party is juvenile humor from writer, director Aaron Mento but that’s not to say it isn’t funny. You’ll find dialogue quoted throughout this review because I enjoyed the writing. Horror icon Felissa Rose of Sleepaway Camp dons her ugly sweater in a humorously, perverted role as Mrs. Mandix, pronounced (man-dicks).
This self-aware horror comedy is Christmas on a budget. It’s Harold and Kumar if they were a Christmas horror movie and if miniature burgers were a set of slutty twins. Satire horror comedies are one of my least favorite film types. I’m sure those who enjoy such movies will like this Ugly Sweater Party even more. Without much of a budget Mento brings in horror icons Felissa Rose and Sean Whalen in two roles that are fun to watch. It’s campy, it’s bloody, it’s sweatery. It’s just not my personal taste in movies though I still liked the dialogue and some of the over-the-top sweater shenanigans. “Merry fucking Christmas.”
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