BLACK FRIDAY MOVIE REVIEW
During Halloween and Christmas, there are plenty of holiday-themed horror films to enjoy, but it’s slim pickings during the month of November. Just in time to fill the void comes “Black Friday”, a new horror comedy about the infamous retail sales event that falls the day after Thanksgiving. The overworked, underpaid workers of We Love Toys prepare themselves for another Black Friday full of aggressive, obnoxious customers. Unbeknownst to them, an alien infestation has turned the shoppers into bloodthirsty zombies. Trapped inside the store, the employees will have to use their wits, and limited resources to survive the night. Devon Sawa heads a cast of genre veterans, including Michael Jai White, Ivana Baquero, and the legendary Bruce Campbell as their hapless store manager. Our very own team of disgruntled employees Lewayne, Adrian, Spider-Mike, and Marco met up in the breakroom to discuss whether “Black Friday” lives up to its timely premise.
DIRECTED BY: Casey Tebo
STARRING: Ivana Baquero, Bruce Campbell, Devon Sawa, Michael Jai White, Stephen Peck, Ryan Lee, Mark Steger, Adrian M. Mompoint, Andria Blackman, Marilyn Busch, Louie Kurtzman
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
Adrian El Critico (Screener Squad)
Though born and raised in Chicago, this film critic is Mexican to the bone. Adrian has been watching movies since he was a child, many of which might not have been age appropriate. Still, he couldn’t get enough. All throughout his life, friends and family would look to him for his recommendations and reviews on whatever films had come their way. Inspired earlier in life by the likes of Ebert and Roper at The Movies and then later Spill.com, Adrian decided film criticism and analysis provided a great outlet to further his love of film. He began to craft his reviews and thoughts on film in ways he thought would be accessible to devout film hounds as well as the casual viewer. Mixing in jokes, entertaining observations and robust critical analysis, Adrian El Critico may be new to OneOfUs, but he is already making a name for himself on our site. If Horror movies are your thing, get ready to hear his voice.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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