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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Banana Splits Movie (2019)




Well holy shit… I always thought that children’s entertainment of the sixties and seventies were scary as hell but never thought someone would get their hands on one of the properties and do something nuts with it. Then I saw the teaser for The Banana Splits Movie and did a double take. I’ve been dying to see this since that trailer and honestly it did not disappoint.

A little boy, Harley, gets tickets to see the Banana Splits for his birthday. He, his mom and stepbrother as well as his piece of crap Dad head out for a day of fun. Drug along with them is a little girl that really doesn’t want to go but is made to by her mother. Don’t worry this is all presented quickly so that we can get to the good stuff. They arrive get seated and we meet the behind the scenes crew including the VP of programming that announces they are canceled. One of the Splits hears this and that gets the ball rolling.

The Banana Splits are robots and are programmed with the command the show must go on. The only logical thing to do is go on a killing spree! I mean they only kill the adults and just kidnap the kids to ensure they have an audience forever. Again, the show must go on. This leads to some mayhem as Harley’s mother and brother do battle with the fuzzy menaces as they try to save the day. Cue the bloody chaos.

I love this movie. It is twisted, gory, insane fun the likes of which I’ve not seen in a long time. The kills are inventive with each one having the sort of payoff that I’m looking for. There are lollipops jammed down throats, a dude sawn in half, someone else gets hammered and other keyed. My personal favorite is the last one where Mitch, the jerk Dad, gets what is coming to him in a spectacular way. Most of the gore is practical and while it is clear they were limited at times with budget they do have a couple gags that are awesome. If you dig old school gore and kills The Banana Splits Movie is going to scratch that itch.

I love this movie
The characters are okay, but the real stars of the movie are the performers in the suits playing Bingo, Feegle, Snorky, and Drooper. The way they move and interact with their victims is creepy especially since they act just like the mascots at your typical theme park do. Instead of going over the top this is more realistic and therefore much creepier. Not to say there aren’t laughs. I mean when they had a call back to a line about a big hammer I giggled. Then again maybe I shouldn’t have. Years of watching horror flicks might have twisted me a bit. I’m okay with that.  

I have nothing bad to say about this flick. It is amazing to me that they were able to get the property in the first place, much less go so dark with it. Sure, the Splits aren’t a huge franchise, but they do have some name recognition. Everyone needs to go out and purchase a copy of this movie. Horror fans need to support creative stuff like this otherwise all we are going to get is the same recycled Hollywood BS! I highly recommend The Banana Splits Movie.


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