It’s all about the internal prisons we find ourselves trapped within, some more terrifying than others, all bleak in their own ways. And what is the ‘holiday season’ if not a prison we’re desperately trying to escape, one uncomfortable family lunch at a time. The story begins on Thanksgiving, so it’s actually doubly festive, and there’s even a bit where Paul Dano sings “jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg” which is Christmas canon for any 12-year-old boy. Also, nothing says ‘festive spirit’ like the presence of Melissa Leo who has made a career of playing various manifestations of Krampus (watch The Fighter (2010) and tell me I’m wrong). Familial tensions are high – authentic to the season – there’s Chinese food – critical over the holidays for all those who don’t celebrate – and without giving anything away, the film concludes on not one but two Christmas miracles. Oh, and there’s snow. Prisoners, it’s a Christmas movie for the sick fucks among us. Tis the season.
best-selling author, screenwriter and film curator based in Australia. She’s the author of the internationally published Supernatural Sisters series, which includes the Aurealis Award-winning The Witch Who Courted Death and Who’s Afraid?, which is currently being adapted for television. As a screenwriter across film and television, she was worked on fiction and non-fiction projects for Stan, ABC, Ubisoft, Nickelodeon, DC Comics, Channel 10 and more. She is the host, producer and writer of audio documentaries Josie and the Podcats with Blake Howard – about the 2001 cult film - and The Phantom Never Dies about the world’s first superhero.