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The Leech

USA 2022
produced by
Eric Pennycoff, Scott Smith, Adelyn Pennycoff (= Adelyn Tomlinson), Robert Owen (executive), Sean Fowler (executive), Melvyn Trueblood (executive) for Doomcroak Pictures
directed by Eric Pennycoff
starring Graham Skipper, Jeremy Gardner, Taylor Gardner (= Taylor Zaudtke), Rigo Garay
written by Eric Pennycoff, music by Eric Romary, special makeup effects by Hannah Dorion

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's only days till Christmas when Father David (Graham Skipper), catholic shepherd of a diminishing congregation, stumbles upon who's obviously a bum, Terry (Jeremy Gardner) sleeping in his church. Him trying to be a good Christian offers Terry to stay a few days at his house insdead, something Terry gladly accepts - and before you know it, Terry's girlfriend Lexi (Taylor Gardner) has moved in with them as well. Now this is a match made in hell from the get-go, which pretty much everyone but Father David seems to see: Terry and Lexi couldn't care less about God or Jesus, they're loud-mouthed, potty-mouthed, they tend to drink heavily, listen to profane music and they do drugs. But Father David, who thinks Lexi is the woman who has told him in a confessional that she's pregnant and wants to have an abortion, is dead selt on leading the two back on the righteous path. However, when he tries to encourage them to do some bible studies, that ends in a party instead that via heavy drinking lands the three of them in bed together. Of course, this sets Father David off tremendously, and to make sure for something like this never to happen again, he sets up strict rules, which also includes burning Terry and Lexi's sex toys. However, the two of them, not so much by design but through temparamant, find more and more ways to push Father David further, something he lets out on his one good friend (Rigo Garay) rather than throwing the couple out, until there's no more way that doesn't lead to utter disaster ...

 

Maybe this year's (and many other years', too) darkest Christmas movie this side from all-out horror, as it's really the anti-thesis of your typical feel-good Christmas miracle movie, and interestingly by doing so paints things in a much more realistic manner: Now sure, the third act is full of exaggeration, but the way there pretty accurately describes the frequent failure of simple human communication and interaction, the general lack of human trust and understanding, and also our penchant for self-righteousness. And it actually describes this in a very entertaining way, while the small ensemble fit their roles rather perfectly, making this, unusual contender that it is, probably the Christmas movie of the year!

 

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