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There's Something in the Barn (2023): Elves, Dads, and a Whole Lot of Confusion!

An American family fulfills their dream of moving back after inheriting a remote cabin in the mountains of Norway.




Hey, movie lovers! Today, I'm diving headfirst into the cinematic quandry that is "There's Something in the Barn." Now, before you go rolling your eyes, let me assure you that this flick has everything you never knew you needed – creepy elves, a baffling plot, and Martin Starr in all his dad-joke glory. So, grab your popcorn, put on your skeptical face, and let's dissect this holiday horror like it's a badly wrapped present from your grandma.

Stars: Martin Starr, Amrita Acharia, Kiran Shah


Let's talk about the cast, shall we? Martin Starr, the man who effortlessly walks the tightrope between deadpan humor and outright confusion, is the dad we all never knew we needed. Amrita Acharia brings a touch of sanity to the chaos, and Kiran Shah, well, he's the elf that makes you question the casting director's sanity.


An American family fulfills their dream of moving back after inheriting a remote cabin in the mountains of Norway.

Let's talk about the plot. Or should I say, let's try to talk about the plot? It starts off as a seemingly heartwarming tale of a family's dream come true – inheriting a cabin in the picturesque mountains of Norway. But hold onto your hats because this dream turns into a nightmare faster than you can say "frostbite."


First off, let's give credit where credit's due – this is a cheesy horror movie. It's the Christmas from hell, and it seems like the idea got lost on the way to the set and accidentally stumbled into Silly Town. The film doesn't take itself too seriously, and that's where it finds its bizarre charm.


Sure, it's not going to win any awards for its depth, but sometimes you just need a good laugh at elves gone wild. And did I mention Martin Starr's dad jokes? They're so bad they're good. Almost.


Now, let's address the elephant – or should I say, elf – in the room. Why, oh why, must the dads in movies always be bumbling fools? Martin Starr, I love you, but your character had me questioning how you even survived the flight to Norway, let alone an elf apocalypse.

And don't get me started on the oldest elf sounding like a demon. Is that some kind of elf puberty we're not aware of? It's like Santa swapped out his helpers for creatures straight from a metal album cover.


The plot takes more unexpected turns than a GPS trying to navigate a Norwegian fjord. One moment, it's a family drama, the next it's a horror flick, and then suddenly, we're in a slapstick comedy. Consistency? Nope, not in Norway, apparently.


And let's talk about the nonchalance surrounding the elf-induced deaths. People are dropping like flies, and the characters are sipping hot cocoa like they're watching a mildly interesting Netflix documentary. "Oh, another one bites the dust. Pass the marshmallows, please."


I get it; horror comedies have their own set of rules, but a little acknowledgment of the death toll wouldn't hurt. Even the elf community deserves a moment of silence.

I can see why the reviews were as low as a snowman's melting point, but hey, I like to make my own opinions on things. Like, should elves really be this menacing, or should they stick to making toys and cookies?


Final Verdict: 5.5/10


"There's Something in the Barn" is a rollercoaster of confusion, cheesy horror, and questionable dad jokes. If you're in the mood for a holiday flick that makes you laugh, scratch your head, and wonder what the North Pole is really hiding, then give it a shot. Just don't expect a coherent plot or emotionally invested characters. It's a wild ride to Silly Town, and you might need an elf GPS to find your way back.



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