Here are Efrit's reviews from Day 2 of Telluride Horror Show, tackling three movies: Deadtectives, The Dark, and You Might Be The Killer!
I am a secret fan of the ghost-chaser genre. Back in the day I used to go on jaunts up to the world and possess a body or two. Man those were the days... Anyway It is always fun to see how humans react to finding out what they don't believe in is real. It is even more entertaining to see people who fake it finding out it is real. So this is why Deadtectives had me all-in.
Following a group of about-to-be-washed-up ghost hunters on their final (company mandated) trip to the most haunted casa in Mexico, the movie quickly falls into your typical group of people hunting ghosts. It is also very funny, so at this point it can go one of two ways. The first is akin to Saturday Morning Mystery, where the hunters end up getting mostly murdered and maimed. The second is more like Ghost Team and continues to be funny despite some terrible things happening. I don’t wanna spoil too much, but if totally ends up being very funny and comedic the rest of the way through.
Deadtectives is a great mix of horror and comedy, ala Ghostbusters and Frighteners. This is one of my favorite movies I have seen at the festival this year, but it hard to truly score it as a horror movie or a benchmark film using our rating system. But I will say I hope it gets a sequel, and if it does I will be there in the audience again.
Horror Rating System
Horror Qualifier: 7/10
Horror Quality: 4/10
Film Quality: 6/10
You Might Be the Killer
It takes a lot of energy, effort and general stress to travel between Hell and Earth. While Telluride Horror Show is always worth i,t great films make the transition a lot easier. The Hallow, The Windmill, Terrifier, and Creep 2 have been some of those in the past, but this year You Might Be the Killer would have done it alone. Brett Simmons has been doing horror for a while and has had some great success! He was then given the opportunity to turn over an improvised Twitter conversation between Chuck Wendig and Sam Sykes. Suffice it to say everyone working on this did a fantastic job.
The movie starts in the middle and does so on purpose. The film is done in a non-linear fashion and much to its benefit. This allows the kills to be played where they need to and the humor to come through clearly and passively, making it easy to laugh. On the surface it feels like your standard slasher fair, with a freaking awesome looking killer doing what they do best, killing people (specifically camp counselors). It tips its hats to old and new horror alike and despite its typical horror feel it does not go the way you think.
One or the more interesting parts about this movie was that in order get it ready for festival season they had to get it done fast. This movie was shot in 12 days and edited in two weeks. This is insane for the quality of film we get. I guess my only criticism would be I wonder how much better it could have been if they were given more time. I imagine it would only have more polish, but who cares since it is out and we get to see it now! If you have a chance to watch this movie, watch it. To this demon it is the new Cabin in the Woods.
Horror Rating System
Horror Qualifier: 10/10
Horror Quality: 10/10
Film Quality: 8/10
As a demon, I prefer movies that let me look into the darker side of things. Sometimes those movies don’t end up being very horrific at all and even have a crazy love story in them. The Dark was interesting to me because the synopsis billed the movie as a kind of monster survival movie, but ended up being quite different.
This movie truly ended up being a mashup of Let the Right One In and Warm Bodies. With elements of a taboo relationship (a ghoul falling in love with a man or a zombie and a human) and misunderstandings leading to interesting situations. When you have a blind character who isn’t really sure what is going on around them (Alex) (which kind of makes their motivation confusing during the film at various points) and a ghoul who is fighting her monster side (Mina), it makes for a pretty awesome story despite its slight failing as a traditional horror film.
In fact, one of the better parts of this movie was observing Mina’s change from full ghoul to a human. And of course watching a ghoul murder and eat people isn't gonna be clean, so we have a decent amount of gore and good kill scenes. Even though it didn't end up being the horror movie I wanted, it did end up being entertaining.