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A few missteps aside, Vigalondo's distinct style and a nightmarish plot add a gratifying dark twist to such an innocent holiday.
"Pooka" is a solid horror alternative to Hallmark and Netflix's cheesy Christmas movies. The ending, while foreshadowed a tad too heavily, is affecting (in classic B-movie fashion) and the build-up is stylish, provocative, and quick.
A structurally crazy piece of screenwriting by Gerald Olson that somehow melds Dickens with Vigalondo's out-there style, throwing in just enough blood and guts to keep the Blumhouse brand strong.
JESUS! Great episode. Then again, everything Nacho Vigolando does is brilliant.
Pooka! is a total Jacob's Ladder scenario, but one that you can rewatch every year at Christmas time.
POOKA! is a fairly decent horror episode film written for the holiday horror genre.
"Pooka!" isn't perfect and it sometimes gets a little too melodramatic for its own good, but it's satisfying to see Vigalondo let loose here with such a dark story.
If you have yet to tune in, the Christmas episode, "Pooka!," premieres today and is absolutely not to be missed.
Pooka is a psychological thriller that had me watching through my fingers for half the movie - and loving every second of it!
The most gratifyingly weird film in Hulu's series to date, but still a chintzy, half-baked horror effort.
Not the conventional Christmas nightmare one might expect, but sharpened enough to expose purposefully provocative seasonal traumas regarding control, regret, and the psychological toll holidays can take on those still nursing open wounds.
While it's not especially tight...and opts for a few stilted narrative shortcuts, "Pooka!" is certainly the first time Into the Dark has filled up its tank with genuine nightmare fuel.
Nacho Vigalondo - most recently of COLOSSAL - comes to INTO THE DARK as arguably the most well-known and regarded of the directors of this quarter. No surprise that POOKA! feels the strongest stylistically.