Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Unicorn Wars (2022) opens Friday

Based on director Alberto Vazquez ‘s near perfect black confection Unicorn Blood (my review is here), UNICORN WARS is a stunning brightly colored nightmare that is not for children but will delight adults who love the darkness. It’s a damning indictment of macho social interactions and warfare that will leave you feeling physically abused.

The plot of the film has a bunch of teddy bears training to go to war with the unicorns. The unicorns are to be wiped out and their blood is thought to have magical properties. As the bears train for war they deal with the macho mind games that push people to the edge.

Violent in the extreme this is a black comedy/horror film of the darkest sort. Don’t let the bright colors and cute designs fool you, by the time the film ends copious amounts of blood have flowed, terrible acts have been committed and the dead out number the living. This is a film that uses it’s violence for effect and the effect is shattering.

I suspect that some people in the audience aren’t going to not look past the bright colors and simply laugh at the carnage and cruelty. I couldn’t do so. While I laughed at some of the black jokes, mostly I was horrified. This is potent stuff even more so when it drops the pretense of the bright and shiny happiness. I say that because there is a dark monster lurking in this tale and it is truly frightening… and it is us.

This is a mirror up to the dark soul of humanity and it is beyond frightening. If you want to know why war and violence and simply cruelty happen look no farther than this film. This is truly one of the best anti war and anti-violence films you will ever see.

It also maybe one of the best films you will see this year.

Highly recommended.

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