Good Tidings (2016) Movie Review

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Good Tidings (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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Good Tidings Plot Synopsis:

A homeless war-veteran with a chequered past must rely on a side of himself once thought buried when he and his companions are targeted by three vicious psychopaths wearing Santa suits on Christmas Day.

Good Tidings (2016) Review

Good Tidings (2016) is a UK thriller horror movie that was an excellent adventure that brought back memories of other movie/movies that it is similar to but was more twisted than them. Director and co-writer Stuart W. Bedford (Apocalypse (2016), An Easter’s Tale (2016), Hybrid (2016)) did a phenomenal job executing a Christmas movie that I know a lot of horror fans will enjoy. Good Tidings reminds me of the Home Alone franchise because it feels like it is a twisted version of Home Alone but what differs is that the antagonists are the ones that are setting the traps in Good Tidings. One major thing in the film that made me instantly reflect back to Home Alone is the words on someone’s jumpers/overall that read “Merry Christmas you filthy animal” which many might remember is a line from Home Alone.

Good Tidings revolves around Moe (Liam W. Ashcroft - Hybrid (2016), An Easter’s Tale (2016)), Curly and Marcus Jones who are three psychopaths dressed in Santa Claus costumes with masks. Moe, Curly (Stu Jopia - Apocalypse (2016), Hybrid (2016), Dark Continents (2016)) and Marcus’ plans for the night is anything but innocent. Marcus (Alexander Mounsey - Cilla (2014), Bill (2015), Close to the Enemy (2016)) and his friends plan on creating havoc on an abandoned courthouse where homeless people reside. We are introduced to Sam Baker (Alan Mulhall - Saturday (2015), Blackout (2016), Survivor (2011)) who was a war veteran living on the streets before finding the courthouse.

Sam and the other homeless people did not have a clue that their regular night was about to be turned into a nightmare. The trio Santa Claus locked the courthouse so that no one can escape - I was just shaking my head thinking how cruel people can be and then I realized that it is just a movie, but it is also something that can happen in reality. It did not take long for us to see the homeless and trio Santa Claus battling as everyone tries to survive.

I could not get over how fantastic the music was and how well it flowed with the movie although it was a little quirky at times. Good Tidings ran at a steady pace while introducing us to the character which they did a good job at but the movie picked up its pace after we got to know the characters a little. I wish that we could have seen more of the violence on the screen instead of it being done off screen because it would have made the movie all the more memorable. There was not much blood to talk about, and a few spillages via CGI. All of the actors did a fantastic job with their respective roles. I do have to admit that Good Tidings was an entertaining and funny movie.

  • Good Tidings Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 5.40
  • IMDB: 4.0

About Good Tidings 2016

Title: Good Tidings
Year: 2016
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 269 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 269
MPAA Rating: R
Good Tidings Cast Starring: Alex Williams, Debbey Clitheroe, Colin Murtagh, Wensday Pain, Stu Jopia, Amanda Robertshaw, Jonny Hirst, Mark Crellin, Alan Mulhall, Garry McMahon, Liam W. Ashcroft, Giovanni Gentile, Andrew Oyeneyin, Julia Walsh, Claire Crossland, Steve Sears, Emma Hind, Marcella Hazell, Neil Gallagher, Alexander Mounsey
Good Tidings Writers: Stuart W. Bedford, Giovanni Gentile, Stu Jopia
Good Tidings Director: Stuart W. Bedford
Production: Two-Headed Snake Entertainment
Language: English
Country: UK