What starts off as a seemingly unominous yule log broadcast...quickly takes a dark turn, when a family of backwoods hillbillies con their way into a rental cabin in the woods, and kill the cleaning lady.
Before the culprits can leave, the couple renting the cabin return...just as the police show up to inform them of a recently discovered murder victim in the area.
Turns out, the guy cut a limb off a demonic hanging tree, in order to shoot his own yule log video...inevitably setting this whole series of events into motion, having angered the dead, and initiated it's curse.
Little do they suspect, however, that a pair of murderers are hiding in the room next door...with the body of their dead cleaning lady.
Hoping to capture the moment he proposes for posterity...the man leaves the camera running.
Unbeknownst of the dark fate that lies in store for them both.
As they discuss their future, flashbacks, to past moments in the house, cycle across the screen.
Up until they are interrupted by another group of double booked renters in what seems like a deja vu moment (if you've happened to watch Barbarian).
Turns out this is a bit of an homage, though...as this same scene also references the Ti West/Mia Goth collaboration X, as well.
Some super clever stuff.
Which immediately puts you on the lookout for more horror movie references spun in as subtle little stocking stuffers, to go with this completely unexpected present of a film.
Turns out that these new tenants are true crime podcasters, and offer us a window into the background lore of the house and surrounding area...providing context to these aforementioned interjections from the past, as they go.
The first act is shot entirely from the stationary camera the man had set up.
While the second act follows a more traditional cinematic path.
As a dark entity is awakened, in the form of the cursed log, they had so ignorantly brought home with them, and started to burn.
Which is precisely when things start to take a psychedelic- not to mention gory- turn...in a bizarre- and completely unexpected- series of twists that put even Twin Peaks to shame.
What ensues is an absolutely wild ride...that is both well written and acted, cleverly constructed...and straight up driven by imagination.
All of which makes for one hell of an entertaining holiday horror film that you DO NOT want to miss!!!
To make things even more interesting...it's release was a complete secret.
Airing after the season 6 finale of Rick & Morty, and marketed only as the "Adult Swim Yule Log".
The only hint that this seemingly benign Christmas season presentation actually held something more nefarious in store, were the "presents" sent to a number of horror movie influencers- who ended up posting pictures of what they received on reddit.
Those being logs inscribed with the word murder...
Though, even considering this...there is no way anyone would have managed to guess just what sort of insanity lied in store.
Because it really is...out of this world.
If you only watch one horror movie this Christmas season...definitely make it this one.
You won't be disappointed.
The best horror film of the year, hands down!!!
9 out of 10.