We gave you the trailer the other day of Black Friday, a comedy horror, set in a mall on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, where American’s give thanks for everything they have and then go and gorge themselves on consumerism.
During this Black Friday, a meteor shower, causes people to become vampiric creatures out for blood. As someone said, it’s surprising they haven’t done a movie like this before.
The movie stars Devon Sawa, Ivana Baquero, Ryan Lee, Stephen Peck, Michael Jai White and Bruce Campbell. It’s directed by Casey Tebo, known for some music videos, and it’s written by Andy Greskoviak, again, fairly new on the scene.
The official blurb of the movie is:
A group of toy store employees must protect each other from a horde of parasite infected shoppers.
And this sums it up nicely. It’s a story we have seen before, the overall tale reminded me of Night of the Comet, an Astro event, people go crazy etc. There’s nothing new here, but what you do have is a lot of fun.
The cast is good, I like Sawa, he’s cool and puts in a decent performance. Baquero is really good, I had no idea she was Ofelia from Pan’s Labyrinth. The rest of the cast are good, you have the usual ‘group dynamic’ for a movie like this, the tough one, the cowardly one, the one who’s going to screw over everyone else to save themselves one.
Campbell is great too. He said he was done with Ash, but the good thing is, he’s not Ash in this. He’s the manager of the store, he loves cardigans and bow ties, he’s pretty weedy, but at heart, a nice guy.
All the cast work together well, there’s a scene, where everyone is reflecting on their lives, and it’s done really well. You believe everyone and the dynamic is good.
There’s not much to talk about with the story, as I said, you’ve seen it all before, but it’s done in that 80s schlock way, where everyone is having fun, from the cast, to the director, to the makeup guys, to the zombies running around.
I found myself giggling a lot at the movie, in a good way. It is stupid? Yes. Does it matter? No. This is a movie where you can sit and have fun for an hour and a half. I’m a big fan of the 80s schlock movies, and this was a loving tribute to all of those movies.
I give Black Friday 3.5 out of 5. It’s far from perfect, it’s not very original, but it’s fun and well done. If you want to see a decent ‘zombie’ (although they aren’t really zombies) movie, full of decent characters and a good few laughs, you’ll enjoy this.