The first time I saw the news that an R-rated Banana Splits horror movie was on the horizon, I thought it was a joke. The Banana Splits? Gory Horror? No way! But, then we got a trailer, and things became real. I guess behind the scenes they wanted to make a Five Nights at Freddy’s, but apparently there was a rights snafu, or at least that’s what I’ve read. I don’t have any inside information when it comes to what studio CEOs are doing. Anyway, here we are, in 2019, and I’m watching The Banana Splits, and they’ve gone bonkers and begun killing everyone after learning that their show has been cancelled. But if you had told me a few years ago, that not only would this film be made, but also be pretty entertaining and gory, I’d have slapped you bonkers. But, it’s true.
Also, if you’re liberal with your parenting, this could totally be a gateway horror movie with your 10+ child. My kid is 9 and we watched it together and he loved it. Yeah, it’s gory, so if your kid has trouble discerning fantasy from reality, you might want to take a pause before sitting them down in front of the TV for a viewing of this movie. But if your kid is into horror movies, and is aware of how the special effects are put together before they’re shown on screen, this could be a great time to have, watching with your kid. It’s gory, but there is no sex, no nudity, and the bad language is very tame. Not a single F bomb was uttered, that I recall. Mostly just a couple of uses of the word “shit”, some “damns” and the like. Maybe you think I’m crazy for letting my kid watch this, but I’m telling you, my wife was out of town, and this was just the perfect movie to score cool parent points, letting him stay up late and watch the Banana Splits go on a murderous rampage.
Warner Bros. Blu-ray release of the movie is perfectly acceptable. It’s a new release, so of course the audio and picture quality are top-notch. The release isn’t packed with a ton of extras, but it’s not barebones either. There are a couple little behind-the-scenes featurette, and a faux news report about the Splits breaking bad. Overall, not a bad release, for a highly entertaining movie. It would have been nice to have a little more on the extras side of things, but these days, if a movie like this has any extras at all, it’s a win. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and highly recommend The Banana Splits Movie for horror fans looking for a fun time, without having to consume any sociopolitical messages, or anything that requires much thought. Just good, old fashioned, puppets murdering people in gory, hilarious ways. Let us hope for a sequel.
· Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
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