Holiday Fear, Review By Case Wright


Did you ever wonder what happens after all the action is over in a Christmas horror movie and it’s the next day- Christmas Morning? Did you further wonder if that question could be answered in just over 3 minutes? Then, this is the short for you!!!!

It’s crazy; I’m on such a roll right now because I have watched so many great shorts! I was EXTREMELY dubious that a 3.766 minute short could entertain me let alone Laugh Out Loud (as the kids say). This short delivered, therefore, these are the greatest actors of all time and the director is both the greatest director and writer of all time (Mathematical proof available upon request). If you look at the imdb pages of Rebeca Robles, Eric Whitten, and Nicholas Santos, I am once again proven correct (which is the most important thing in life).

This is another must see short. These actors are just terrific!

The Shattered Lens Live Tweets Christmas


Happy holidays!

Today was Christmas and, as you can see, even the TSL cats got into it:

This year, Christmas was, for many of us, a bit more low-key than usual.  That’s understandable, of course.  For instance, I’m used to having a big family gathering for Christmas.  Usually, on this day, I would be catching up with aunts and uncles and cousins from all over the country.  The morning would be spent at one house and the afternoon at another and the evening and yet another.  That didn’t happen this year, for obvious reasons.  That said, my sisters and I were still able to keep a few our traditions alive.

For instance, I kept alive the tradition of waking up early and then wondering why everyone else was still asleep:

Every year, I make it a point to go for a drive on Christmas Day.  It may sound like a minor thing but it’s something that I always look forward to.

And finally, there were the most important traditions.  Like this one about watching certain movies over the course of the day.  I’m happy to say that I not only watched A Christmas Story this morning (before we even unwrapped presents, if you need an example of just how early I woke up compared to everyone else) but that it was also the 800th films that I’ve watched this year.

After A Christmas Story, it was time to rewatch It’s A Wonderful Life on E!  I also watched the 1983 Tom Cruise football film, All The Right Moves before joining my family in observing one of the greatest of all Christmas traditions:

Everyone celebrated Christmas in their own way.  Here’s a few thoughts from the TSL crew:

To be honest, that’s what I always thought Boxing Day was but apparently, it’s a shopping holiday.  That’s pretty nice since I was already planning on shopping tomorrow anyways.

Anyway, Happy Holidays, everyone!  I hope it was a good one without any fear.  Another year over and a new one just begun.

Finally, Let’s Celebrate Christmas With The Greatest Movie Ever Made!


Hi, everyone!

Well, Christmas is coming to a close.  Right now, my sisters and I are currently watching Die Hard.  That’s a huge Bowman family tradition but it’s also one that we usually reserve for the end of the holiday.

So, with Christmas coming to a close, it’s time for a TSL tradition!  It’s time to watch Treevenge!  This is the short film about sentient Christmas trees that TSL founder Arleigh Sandoc has declared to be “the greatest movie ever made.”  Watching Treevenge is something we do every year at the TSL Bunker so sit back and enjoy some Christmas horror!

Thank you for sticking with us over the course of this long and difficult year.  We look forward to continuing to hopefully keep you entertained over the next year as well!

Happy holidays to all of you.  Thank you for reading.

Scene That I Love: Linus’s Speech in A Charlie Brown Christmas


Merry Christmas!

I know that a lot of people missed A Charlie Brown Christmas this year.  When all of the Peanuts holiday specials were bought by Apple TV+, it looked they would never air on free television again.  Luckily, people got mad enough that Apple made a deal with PBS to resume airing the specials.  But how many of you knew that before you just read it?  Hopefully, everyone involved will do a better job of getting the word out next year.

For those of you who missed it this year, here’s the most famous scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas.  When A Charlie Brown Christmas was first aired in 1965, Charles Schulz had to fight to keep CBS from removing the scene in which Linus explains the true meaning of Christmas.  It has gone on to become one of the most popular moments in the special.

For those who missed it, here it is:

Get Ready For Christmas With Santa and The Ice Cream Bunny!


Patrick tried to warn me.

When I told him that I was planning on watching 1972 film, Santa and The Ice Cream Bunny, he warned me that it would totally change the way that I viewed Christmas and probably not for the better.  But, you know me.  When I get an idea in my head, I simply have to do it.

Despite all the warnings, I watched Santa and the Ice Creamy Bunny.  I made Jeff and my friends Johnny and Jim watch it with me.  Leonard nearly joined us but he was smart enough to think twice. Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny was like nothing that any of us had ever seen before.  We all just kind of watched it like, “What the Hell is happening?!”

The plot — well, who knows?  Apparently, Santa is stuck in Florida and he calls a bunch of kids to come help him out.  It turns out that the kids are pretty stupid so not only do they fail to rescue Santa but Santa also has to tell them a story to keep their spirits up.  The version that we watched featured the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Apparently, there’s another version that features Thumbelina.  Regardless, Santa was probably doing some pretty serious drugs when he came up with the story.

Eventually, a human-bunny hybrid shows up and helps Santa transport back to North Pole.  Christmas is saved!

Interestingly enough, it’s never really explained how Santa came to be stuck in Florida in the first place.  Santa gives off a definite beach bum vibe and …. well, there’s a part of me that kind of doubts whether or not Santa was actually Santa Claus at all!  For all we know, he could just be some jerk with a sleigh and red suit.  That said, the Ice Cream Bunny was definitely for real.

As Patrick already pointed out in his review of the film, Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is not a particularly good film but I do feel like it’s one that everyone should watch at least one.  It’s just so weird.  Plus, if you watch the version with Jack and the Beanstalk, you will totally get the giant’s theme song stuck in your head.

So, with all that in mind, please enjoy Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny!

Happy Christmas Eve From All The Cats At The Shattered Lens


Pictures by Erin Nicole Model: Doc Bowman

To all of our readers — Happy Christmas Eve from all of the humans and the cats at the Shattered Lens!

2020 has not been an easy year for a lot of people and this Christmas is going to be bittersweet for many of our readers.  Our sincere hope is that 2021 will be better for everyone.  We look forward to continuing to review films both old and new as we continue to celebrate all forms of entertainment and culture!

To all of you, we wish you the best this holiday season!  We hope that these days find you happy and safe!

Merry almost Christmas and don’t forget to embrace your loved ones, your cats, and even your dogs!

And remember: Santa Claws Never Forgets The Cat!

4 Shots From 4 Christmas Classics


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking.

It’s Christmas Eve so, in the spirit of the holidays, here are 4 Shots from 4 Christmas classics!

4 Shots From 4 Films

The Night of The Hunter (1955, dir by Charles Laughton)

The Godfather (1972, dir by Francis Ford Coppola)

Goodfellas (1990, dir by Martin Scorsese)

In Bruges (2008, dir by Martin McDonagh)

Celebrate Christmas By Watching Santa Claus Conquers The Martians On The Shattered Lens!


Watching the 1964 holiday sci-fi epic, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, is a Christmas Eve tradition here at the Shattered Lens!  So, sit back, turn on Kid TV, and get ready to sing!

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HOORAY FOR SANTY CLAUS!

Music Video of the Day: 12 Days of Christmas, covered by Pentatonix (2020, dir by ????)


Yay!  It’s my favorite time of year!

And here, to get the month started, is Pentatonix with a cover of the 12 Days of Christmas  One thing about the 12 Days of Christmas is that most of those gifts aren’t really that impressive.  I mean, what am I going to do with a bunch of drummers drumming after the holidays?  And do they just keep on drumming through the whole month?  That’s going to get annoying.

I do like the diamond rings, though …. oh wait.  They’re golden rings, aren’t they?  For some reason, I always remember them as being diamond rings.  Heh heh.

I do like Pentatonix, though I typically hate anything that’s a cappella.  Like, I’ve always had this fear that I’ll be out somewhere and suddenly, an old timey barbershop quartet will appear out of nowhere and start singing and they’ll be really bad but I’ll be obligated to stand there and listen to them until they finally stop.  That’s actually one of my number one fears.  Don’t ask me why I have this fear, I just do.  I’m also haunted by Bo Bice’s decision to go a cappella during the finale of America Idol because I think that decision led to him losing to Carrie Underwood.  So, as you can see, I have my reasons for dreading a cappella in general.

But Pentatonix is pretty cool, I think.  They’re the exception to the rule.  Kind of like how folk music is the music of evil people, except for Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie.

Anyway, enjoy!