The Banana Splits Movie brings a BLOODY mess of fun

Banana Splits -- Day 5 -- 22/02/2019 -- Marcos Cruz / 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Banana Splits -- Day 5 -- 22/02/2019 -- Marcos Cruz / 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

This ain’t your daddy’s Banana Splits. It’s a bloody mess of fun.

It’s young Harley’s eighth birthday and his family is taking him and a friend to a live taping of his favorite show,The Banana Splits. It’s all fun and games until something goes wrong with the programming of the animatronic stars.

Not to mention the show is being canceled. The Splits would rather kill than let that happen.

Admittedly, The Banana Splits movie was a shot in the dark. The original series was a variety show for children in the 60’s. In it, the Banana Splits were people in costumes making it kind of creepy but harmless.

So, the idea of turning the show into a horror movie could have been a dumpster fire, but it works. This is most likely thanks in part to the wildly popular Five Nights At Freddy’s video game franchise.

The characters are a bit cliche. There’s the “weird” kid, Harley, his overprotective mother, burn out half brother Austin and father, Mitch who is obviously up to something shady. It wouldn’t be much of a film if they were the only ones going through this unique hell though.

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Rounding out the supporting cast there is a “stage dad” trying to get his kid her big break, and an adult super fan and his girlfriend who are heavy into social media. Along with various crew members such as a producer who just lost her job, and the Splits alcoholic human costar Stevie, whom nobody really likes.

The Banana Splits is a blissfully bloody and gleefully gory film. There’s even some heart warming moments. It could have easily gone the Sharknado route but the story takes itself seriously with a dash of subtle comedy.

The original show is a product of it’s time. This film manages to capture that retro feeling with the camera work which lends itself to coming off a bit psychedelic.

There’s only one thing that doesn’t make sense though. The show only ran for two years, from 1968 to 1970. Obviously, the film is set in the current day because of the technology involved like smart phones. So, does this production take place in an alternate reality where the series is still on the air?

In short, The Banana Splits is a fun and extremely gory film. It won’t win any Oscars but if you ask me having fun with a movie is more important than how many awards it gets.

The Banana Splits is now available on DVD/Blu Ray and On Demand.

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