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Director: Tony West
Starring: Chris Geere, Tina Ivlev, David Newman, Martha Higareda, José María de Tavira
Run Time: 92mins
There may be plenty of other haunted house movies spoofs (including the execrable “A Haunted House”), but it does not feel as over-saturated in the way that the zom-com does. Giving this movie a slightly easier task to stand out, something it mostly fails to do although it does in flashes.
Things start well enough with a promising set-up skewering the ghost hunting shows which populate cable television. The opening scene sees our hapless team of paranormal investigators led by Sam Whitner (Geere) trying to convince a terrified bakehouse owner that the property is haunted using a variety of dirty tricks to improve their dwindling rating. There is fun to be had here, and the movie nicely skewers the tropes of the genre from the flashy visuals to over-the-top narration, etc.
The initial promise is not followed up on as in the next scene; we are introduced to an unbearably obnoxious TV exec who plans to axe the show. He however gives the team, which also consists of Sam’s brother Lloyd (Newman), his fiancée Kate (Ivlev) and Javier (De Tavira), one last chance by sending them to “Mexico’s Most Haunted House” with a new producer Abril (Higareda) and FX guy Bob (Mark Riley) in tow. This scene is both excruciatingly unfunny and sets the template for the movie, which seems to believe all the lines are much funnier just by being delivered very, VERY LOUDLY.
On top of that, the majority of the gags are signposted a mile away. Including the central joke that, of course, the Mexican house is haunted for real. Not that they initially realise as the team thinks the ghostly happenings are simply the work of their special effects guy — a half-decent gag but one that is overstretched. Much like a lot of jokes here such as the only one who does believe is ghost-obsessed Lloyd, who is ridiculed and ignored beyond the point it makes sense plot-wise. Not that everything is a miss here as there is the occasional gem but for the most part these raise chuckles rather than real guffaws.
On the positive side, Geere is an engaging presence and makes a good fist of parodying the type of host you get on one of those paranormal investigation shows. He also successfully manages to make an oft unlikable character sympathetic and rounded. An attribute sorely lacking for some characters particularly the screechy ratings-obsessed Abril and the grizzled horror cliché Bob, both of whom are entirely one-note. Also, despite a decent performance from Ivlev, the character of Kate rarely gets the chance to break out further than your typical harassed-girlfriend-who-has-to-put-up-with-a-man-child role.
Frustratingly things get quite good in the climax. Suddenly the comedy clicks more, dropping the need to block capitalise every punch line. Plus, the relationships are played more endearingly, and you actually find yourself rooting for the team. Shame it all comes so late in the day.
Overall: A very hit-and-miss affair that occasionally manages to skewer paranormal investigation shows cleverly and features a decent central turn from Geere but is just as frequently more loud and obnoxious than funny. Ultimately it’s unlikely to be remembered long after watching.
“DeadTectives” is available on Shudder UK here
NHE host Scott Murphy chats to director Chelsea Stardust about her debut feature “All That We Destroy” AND her second feature “Satanic Panic”, both of which premiered within weeks of each other. Over the course of the interview (interview begins at 2:00), Chelsea talks us through how exactly she managed her schedule given they overlap of the the two projects as well as the development, casting and shoot of each film. Plus how she came to be onboard both pictures and her excitement at “Satanic Panic” being produced by the freshly resurrected Fangoria and scripted by Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks From Hell)!
We also chat to Chelsea about her long filmmaking apprenticeship working as an assistant to the likes of Ivan Reitman, Judd Apatow and horror mega-producer Jason Blum (who she worked alongside for 5 years) before she got her directing break through Crypt TV. Also, we hear from Chelsea if it was at all weird having her debut produced by her former employer Blumhouse!
You can checkout the trailer for “All That We Destroy” here
“Satanic Panic” will next be shown at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest (July 11th-August 1st) and is also set to be released in theaters, digital HD and VOD in on September 6th .
In this edition of New Horror Express, we have our very first returning guest! That is right returning from Episode 10 is “You Might Be The Killer” director Brett Simmons. A film NHE host Scott Murphy and Brett could only talk a little bit about as the film had not received its premiere at the time of recording that interview. This time though Brett tells us all about “You Might Be the Killer” from how the movie derived from a Twitter conversation to the writing process to the casting and more. Scott and Brett also follow up on a previous chat on horror movies for kids as well as lots of others horror related fun!
In our latest episode NHE host Scott Murphy has a big announcement about the future of the show – namely we are going fortnightly. This news means you will be getting twice as much New Horror Express in your life! Besides that big news NHE host, Scott Murphy chats to “You Might Be the Killer” director Brett Simmons. They only talk a little about this film as the movie had not yet received its premiere at Fantastic Fest at the time of the recording. There still plenty to talk about though as Scott talks to Brett about his other features “Husk” and “Animal,” his directorial influences, Brett’s squeamishness about other horror movies and lots of other horror-related banter.