We watched a ton of awesome stuff today on our Day 3 virtual Telluride Horror Show journey, but I get the pleasure of reviewing Faking a Murder and Butchers. Let's get right to it!
Faking A Murder Review
Horror comedy is a staple. From meta-horror like You Might be the Killer, to the strange and hilarious like Tucker and Dale vs Evil. We always get great entries to the genre at Telluride and this year is no different. Faking a Murder is a sleeper comedy horror film, and while it is a bit light on the horror, the commentary and humor are on point.
In Faking a Murder, we follow Stu and Adam as they document their process around creating the next new serial killer expose. As the story unfolds, we are treated with ridiculous bickering, delightful situational humor, and unfounded stupidity to drive the plot forward. These two characters are two of the dumbest people you will ever see in a horror film and it makes it frustrating and extremely entertaining to watch.
But unfortunately, it cannot all be good. Some parts are so dumb that it is hard to look past the parody. The main failing here is the plot in the final 30 minutes is extremely weird and coincidental. Despite this, it does deliver a TON of laughs, but is severely lacking in the conclusion and the horror. If you are looking for a good movie to cool down from a lot of the crazy good horror in the festival, check this out!
Horror Rating System
Horror Qualifier: 3/10 Horror Quality: 2/10 Film Quality: 5/10
I love me a great slasher film. They are always a good time, especially when they have something different. I will harken back to You Might Be the Killer as an example. In that movie, we got to see a killer who is slowly learning they are the killer. It serves as an interesting plotline in what is a pretty common trope in horror. In Butchers, we get to see a very subtle but meaningful new element: character development for the killers. Butchers follows 2 brothers who live in the backwoods and kill people to feed to their other weirder brother. They also find women to impregnate to keep their line going, as you do. It has a very Wrong Turn/The Hills Have Eyes vibe, but the major contrasting difference is that every character in this movie is a kind of normal-ish person. Not a mutant, or a supernatural killer, but just two brothers that kill people in the backwoods cuz their mom taught them to. The main plot of the story is around a single event that changes these brothers' lives forever!
The main brother, or "harbinger" character, is by far the most interesting character in the movie. He has lots of dialogue and interaction with everyone and is as sympathetic as the main slasher villain can be. The second brother is the token slasher movie super badass. I'm a huge fan when slashers have an awesome weapon and this brother has one! Other than that, it is a pretty straightforward slasher plot with a few twists here and there
The twists are really good, but I will say that sometimes this movie drags a bit. It tried to build suspense sometimes but only really serves to act as posturing and the movie could have been better if people would have just taken a bit more action and spent less time talking things out on matters that end up rather trivial. But I will say the end is 100% worth any criticism of this film. If you still have some time on Sunday and like slashers, please check this movie out.
Horror Rating System
Horror Qualifier: 9/10
Horror Quality: 8/10
Film Quality: 6/10
The final day of the festival is tomorrow so make sure you check out whatever you still need to see but still make time for Reunion at noon MST and Possessor at 7pm MST!