Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys because we’re talking 1989’s Deadly Games and 2010’s Rare Exports.

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We start by talking about some of the stuff involving horror recently. We discuss the films Silent Night and The Novice, and Liam talks about acquiring some more trades from Mike Mignola’s BPRD Universe.

We start with Deadly Games. We briefly discuss the film’s production background in which the creators briefly considered suing the creators of Home Alone due to the similarities, and Justin laments the fact that the film is often seen as merely the schlocky horror film that may or may not have inspired Home Alone.

We discuss the very dark aspect of the film in which a child vows to kill Santa Claus for murdering his dog and how this aspect of the film is what makes the film so endearing, in that it’s never winking at the audience but instead plays it entirely straight.

We dive deeper into the film’s deviance from the comedic route that Home Alone takes in the villain’s motivation, as well as one of the darker aspects of the latter film being that Macauley Culkin doesn’t know his family is merely on vacation and instead thinks he wished them away and they’re not coming back.

We talk about the movie’s similarity to something Spielberg would have made back in the ‘80s and how it uses the emotional whiplash to its advantage in disorienting the viewer. We talk about how the film has very real stakes as compared to HA, and how the film has a weirdly surreal feel to it at times in that it feels almost like a dream.

Up next is Rare Exports. Justin talks about some of the effective wintertime imagery of the film. We discuss how the film would technically qualify as a folk horror film in that it involves something from the past that was buried being unearthed in present times and wreaking havoc.

We talk about the film’s arc away being somewhat tongue in cheek into something darker. We discuss the film’s sleight of hand in its revelation that the character we think is Santa is merely one of Santa’s minions and the true inspiration for Santa is far more monstrous.

We discuss the film’s semi-inconsistent tone. Justin talks about how he found the protagonist overwhelmingly annoying and how he seemed to exist only to propel other characters into danger and push the plot forward. We talk how the big showdown ending comes off as unearned.

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