Killer Weekend (2018) Movie Review

Director: Ben Kent

Writer: Ben Kent, Joel Wilenius (Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Heap, Sean Verey, Danny Kirrane, David Mumeni, Timothy Renouf, Perry Fitzpatrick, Ewen MacIntosh

Plot: When a hopeless stag party goes on a mock zombie survival weekend, an unfortunate turn of events leave them fighting for their lives.

Tagline – It’s all fun and games until some one gets hurt

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Simple Stag Do Comedy

Story: Killer Weekend starts as Sam (Verey) is heading off for his stag do, with his good friends Eric (Kirrane), Toby (Mumeni), Myles (Renouf), Cheese (Fitzpatrick) and a few reluctant guests Al (MacIntosh) and Brandon (Abbott) along with the father-in-law Gerald (Heap).

The guys are going on a zombie survival weekend, which ends up taking a bad twist, when the four friends accidentally start killing the zombie actors as they look for a way back to safety.

Thoughts on Killer Weekend

Characters – Sam is the stag on this do, he wants to have it with his closest friends, only he has invited others to keep people happy, he is trying to get the approval of his father-in-law, while be portrayed as the calmest of the crew. Eric is the dumbest of the crew, he will always do something wrong, though he did plan this weekend believing they are facing real zombies. Toby is the married member of the group, he is always talking about his kid, being the first of the group to grow up, often talking the most sense too. Gerald is the father-in-law that has a military background and has always looked down on Sam, he gets on with the most unlikely of the friends too.

PerformancesThe performances in this film do rely on the chemistry between the characters, this is the highlight of the film, with the banter coming through strongly, though most of the acting is solid enough for this film without being anything more than that.

StoryThe story here follows a group of guys on a stag do survival weekend only for the weekend to take a turn when they accidentally kill one of the actors involved as the zombie, leading to a series of events which make it worse for him. This is a story which plays into the idea that one mistake can only make things worse and the events of everything don’t help either. This does seem like it wants to go into a full horror, only just wants to be a comedy about how horror could happen, it just doesn’t commit in direction of the story, because most of the characters are just the generic normal.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy is what we get the most, it does offer attempted laughs through the film, without getting enough clever jokes for what we are meant to be seeing, with the horror mostly being about what would happen if things went wrong.

SettingsThe film uses the survival weekend woodland for most of the setting, it shows they group in the middle of nowhere searching for safety, though it should be easy to find.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to show the injuries the characters get, which are more often than not off camera, with us just seeing the aftermath.

Scene of the Movie – Just calm down.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It is too generic with characters.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy horror that tries too hard on the comedy only to become generic and not as edgy as it wants to be.

Overall: Not edgy enough.

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