The lovable animatronic stars of a classic children's TV show go bad in the gory new trailer for The Banana Splits Movie. Based on the 1960s Hanna-Barbera variety hour show about funny animal friends who play in a band, The Banana Splits Movie is a dark reinvention that sees the animals go out of control and start killing the audience who attend a taping of the show.
Directed by Danishka Esterhazy and produced by Syfy Wire, The Banana Splits Movie is about a family who go to a taping of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour to celebrate the birthday of young Harley (Finlay Wotjak-Hissong), who is a huge fan of the show. However, the evening takes a dark turn when the Banana Splits learn that their show is going to be cancelled and go haywire, slaughtering members of the audience and the production staff. Obviously with that premise the movie isn't going to be completely serious, and the new trailer promises plenty of wacky and creative kills.
The Banana Splits Movie released on Blu-ray and Digital earlier this year, but this month will get its TV premiere on Syfy. To promote the arrival of the movie just in time for Halloween (well, actually a couple of weeks away from Halloween), Syfy Wire has released a trailer that shows a new side of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour - one that's a lot less fun and a lot more deadly.
The concept of animatronic animals coming to life and killing people has been done before, and The Banana Splits Movie is particularly reminiscent of recent lo-fi horror video game series Five Nights at Freddy's. That game puts players in the role of a security guard working in a Chuck E. Cheese style restaurant where the animals come to life at night, and must be carefully monitored through the security cameras to stop them from getting too close.
The Banana Splits Movie received mixed reviews upon its original release, with the weird concept and cheesy kills charming some critics while leaving others unimpressed. One person who was charmed by the concept is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who started out making similarly weird, gross-out horror movies, and reacted to the new trailer on Twitter:
Between the recent Child's Play reboot and Annabelle Comes Home putting a horror twist on a Night at the Museum premise, 2019 is definitely a big year for lovable children's entertainment characters and toys turning into monsters.