Also known as: Kingfisher (working title)
Release Date: September 11th, 2018 (Internet)
Directed by: Austin Vesely
Written by: Austin Vesely
Music by: Nathan Matthew David, Ludwig Göransson
Cast: Chance Bennett, Zazie Beetz, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, Rae Gray, Joe Keery, Hannibal Buress
Frëhand, N2ition Cinema, A24, 83 Minutes
“Looks like I’m going on a wolf hunt tonight.” – Astrid
I was pretty hyped for this movie when I first saw a trailer for it. It looked low budget and cheesy but it also looked really creative and fun and I’m really liking Zazie Beetz after seeing her in Deadpool 2. Plus, this has Joe Keery in it and he’s my favorite person from Stranger Things.
But sadly, it was a big disappointment.
The film is a comedy horror story but if the comedy doesn’t work, you’ve got one big dud of a movie. Just nothing in this was all that funny and most attempts at trying to be funny where all pretty cringe worthy. It felt like a really stale CBS sitcom without the laugh track.
I mean, sure, it was bloodier than a CBS show with some decent slasher moments but this was poorly written grade school humor that was beneath the talents of most of the people in it. Paul Scheer can be great or he can be terrible but it’s based off of the material he’s given. And really, the same goes for Chris Parnell, whose scenes with the witches were like the worst shit that Saturday Night Live has pumped out in the modern era.
I really wanted to like this because on paper, this very much should have been my cup of tea. Instead, it was a luke warm cup of piss.
Some of the effects were good but it certainly doesn’t live up to the basic standard of what CGI should be in 2018.
Chance Bennett was really the high point of the film but by the time he takes the reins, in the second half, this cat turd was already dried up and ready to be scooped into a bag.
I guess I now know why this got a one night theater run on only a few screens.
If you have to see this, wait till it’s streaming free somewhere. I want my $5 back.
Pairs well with: Summer of ’84, Blood Fest and Arizona.