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Grinchmas 2023: ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Is a Deeply Twisted Christmas Horror

During rehearsal for her school’s Christmas choir show, Kim Murphy (Raffey Cassidy) collapses, her legs mysteriously paralyzed. Her brother Bob (Sunny Suljic) is already in the hospital with the same malady, a paralysis that has absolutely no medical explanation. But it has another one: The Murphy family has been cursed.

Unbeknownst to Anna Murphy (Nicole Kidman) and her children in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ her heart surgeon husband Steven (Collin Farrell) has been meeting with young Martin (Barry Keoghan), the surviving son of a patient who died on the operating table years before. At first it seems like Martin’s interest in Steven is grief over his father. But it quickly turns far more sinister than that, when Martin gives Steven a bizarre ultimatum: Kill one of his family members to atone for killing Martin’s father. And until Steven does, each person will each become paralyzed, and bleed from their eyes until Steven makes his choice. They will all die otherwise, slowly, painfully, incurably.

It sounds laughable. Until everything Martin says will come to pass, begins happening with a vengeance. Needless to say, the Murphys do not have a merry Christmas in this disturbing film from Yorgos Lanthimos.

How did Martin enact an actual curse? The lack of explanation puts this intense family drama in Fae horror territory, as the dark enchantment Martin placed over the Murphy family hellishly deepens.

✨Pillow case/5 stars. Only recommend for horror fans with strong stomachs, as the violence against children is really hard to take.✨

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Zuzu Zombie’s #Horrorthon365 project is a collection of eclectic genre watchlists with accompanying microreviews to suit the changing seasons. Horrorthon365 was sparked by a gnarly hand injury and carpal tunnel surgery gone awry, hence the flash-style reviews. After a wicked fall at home and brutal elbow fracture that required surgery, posts will be sporadic until I’m healed. In the meantime, browse the entire collection here