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All the Creatures Were Stirring

4.91 h 20 min201818+
In this devilish horror anthology, there’s plenty to fear this holiday season.
David Ian McKendryRebekah McKendry
Constance WuJonathan KiteJocelin Donahue
Science FictionComedyHorrorEPG
English [CC]
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Ashley ClementsMark Kelly
Krystle BrownMorgan Peter BrownPaul G. CarrollKevin KaleDylan MatlockJ.P. OuelletteJoe Wicker
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3.5 out of 5 stars

194 global ratings

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  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
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O BashamReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unbelievably Incompetent and Excruciatingly Boring By Design
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There are commercials with better characterization and more coherence and entertainment value than this. Literally.

These are 5 unconnected stories—for some reason interwoven anyway—about droll, insipid, cardboard excuses of people, filmed like they are a part of your local car dealership commercial, and feature very little content actually resembling horror or suspense. All of the stories are terrible, the direction is universally some of the worst I've seen outside of college projects (and at the bottom of that pile too), and how this managed to make it through the editing process without a re-examination of one's life is truly a mystery.

It's baffling how this came to be made. For example, how is Constance Wu in this movie??? Is she in some kind of danger that the police should know about? Is there a cartel situation going on and this was actually funded, written, and directed by a drug lord's son, and one of her family members was only returned upon completion of her scenes? How?

While none of the acting is very good, none of it is terrible either, but even Oscar-caliber performances wouldn't have stopped this movie from being...awful.

This movie has a 73% on RT. 73%. It really does feel like a crime against the medium itself that this movie gets a 73% and 3 stars here. Amazon review aggregates are often sketchy, but this movie's rating on Rotten Tomatoes has been a shock to the system as to the real trustworthiness of that site's methodology.

Watch anything else. The Star Wars Christmas Special is better than this. At least there's something of interest happening there. This is like watching wrapping paper slowly deteriorate, except that would take decades and come with a gift at the end. This feels like an eternity and comes with nothing but regret.

Amazon's overly simplistic rating system forces a highly generous 1 star, as a single star is required to leave a review.
2 people found this helpful
Slasher DivaReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I'm Starving, Are You?
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This is a fun Christmas horror anthology filled with humor and clever cohesion. I've seen the poster for this film for a few years and was excited to finally get to see it. There are some pretty good fx in a couple of the stories but even the cheesy ones feel right because of the camp value of the production.

The cast is great and has some horror veterans and acting is very good as well. I recommend this for good Holiday horror fun!
10 people found this helpful
Dawicka2Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This film has something for everyone (and more than enough for me).
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This is a spoiler-free review, so please forgive my lack of detail. 😀
As a fan of horror in general, I really enjoyed this film. Initially thinking “great... another anthology thrown into an already oversaturated genre”, i have to say that i was surprised. I found the pacing to be great. I liked the concepts, humor, shock value, and characters in the majority of the segments. The wrap around was actually one of the best that i have seen. Sometimes with the anthology format there can be one or two very weak shorts thrown in to make that feature length runtime. All the Creatures did not do that. Quality throughout. As it was ending, i thought “oh wow.. this is over already?”, looked at the clock and an hour and 20 mins went by. Keep in mind that this does not have a 32 billion dollar budget. However, it does not mean that quality has been sacrificed. I am glad that i gave it a shot.
4 people found this helpful
John's Horror CornerReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I recommend a hard pass even you if love Christmas/anthology horror. Very boring.
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I recommend a hard pass even you if love Christmas horror or anthology horror. This film fails to deliver… everything.

In this particularly dry horror anthology, Jenna (Ashley Clements; Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party) and Max meet up on a Christmas Eve date for an awkward theatrical performance that serves as our wraparound anthology tale. The quality of this opening segment sets the bumpy, uneventfully phoned-in pace for this collection of stories.

At her “mandatory” office Christmas party Alissa (Jocelin Donahue; Doctor Sleep, Insidious: Chapter 2, The House of the Devil), Scott (Matt Mercer; Contracted, Bliss, Beyond the Gates) and colleagues find a surprise while opening their perfunctory Secret Santa gift exchange when someone is literally killed by their gift. It seems that a poor man’s Jigsaw has rigged a holiday game of death for these office workers. It doesn’t lead to anything interesting or fun or shocking… and you should be prepared for more of the same if you continue watching this movie.

Our second story finds a man locked out of his car in a mall parking lot after gift shopping on Christmas Eve and a helpful but weird stranger (Katie Parker; Absentia, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor) lends him her phone. Cursed and bound to a bloodthirsty evil, they find themselves in a strange conundrum. This was a very dumb segment and, as previously warned, get ready for some more. The stories don’t get any better as we suffer an awful Christmas Carol Scrooge experience that makes me hate this movie. Then a motorist kills a reindeer on the road and is hunted for his crime.

Finally came the short that led me to watch this in the first place by virtue of its star. Not wanting her boyfriend to spend Christmas alone, Gabby (Constance Wu; Hustlers, Crazy Rich Asians) surprises Steve but finds a very strange surprise of her own. This is very Twilight Zone-ish and darkly funny. Probably the best segment of the movie… but still very bad.

The writing, visuals and delivery was just plain weak. The acting and editing range from rough to proficient (at times), but well shy of anything polished in experience. And the clearly ultra-low budget special effects are nothing special. This movie felt like it was made by people who didn’t even want to make it.
Mark E. Hengst IIReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, if uneven anthology
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I love Christmas-themed horror films and had high hopes for this one. As is typical, there is a strange wrap-around story involving an awkward first date at some small theater company. The anthology starts out great with the office Christmas party from the devil's home. Then it drops with a dumb story about the ghosts of Christmas pass and a scrooge neighbor. There is a cool stranded shopper story, which is followed up with a weird, Christmas party story. Overall it was okay, with about half of the stories being okay and the other half garbage.
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nonentityReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
awful attempt to do a Hammer films Horror anthology
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Actually a set of several boring, dull, not scary horror short stories, no reason or rhythm given, no connection between the stories, total waste of time. Rent some old British Hammer company horror films with Peter Cushing, or Tales from the Crypt complications if you want to actually be entertained.
6 people found this helpful
Beck's has an opinionReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
I think it was awesome and fun.
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I can see why there are haters. This little anthology isn't for everyone but it was right up my alley. I really loved it. I love obscure and b rated horror films though.

This one catered to every type of horror audience which is not easy to do and keep every Interest but almost every storyline had me captivated. The only criticism I have is the ending story could have done more. It ended more abruptly than I enjoy.
PaulReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Super fun horror-comedy anthology
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This movie was a lot of fun. It is categorized as a horror-comedy, and it leans comedic for most of it (although there were scary bits - I particularly liked the monster in the parking lot sequence). Having the separate, but related stories tied together could have been hit or miss (and I see there are negative comments here from people who didn't like that), but for me I think it actually paid off because you can fit a lot in one movie. The writers are obviously big horror fans because you can see references to other classics all through. Constance Wu was also a big selling point for me gong into it, and she does not disappoint in her role.
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