Review: DEEP MURDER Is Hilariously Satirical

FIRST IMPRESSION

Simple but a ton of fun, Deep Murder has enough wacky humor and talent in front of the camera to be charming despite its flaws.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

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Featuring a star-studded cast including Jerry O’Connell (Stand by Me), Chris Redd (SNL), and Christopher McDonald (Thelma and Louise), Deep Murder is a wacky new satirical horror-comedy poking fun at the characteristically bad quality of pornographic films. Surprisingly funny for a parody-style movie, this is sure to be one of the most refreshing surprises of the summer.

To appreciate this film fully, you should turn your brain off before watching it. If you are expecting highbrow humor and a nuanced story, you certainly aren’t going to find it in this. However, if you want to laugh consistently for an hour and a half, this is the type of movie for you. The plot of the movie is little more than a basic whodunit mystery, and the undeniable big reveal is obvious. The joy of this film is not in trying to figure out the mystery, though, it is watching how stupid the characters are for not figuring it out.

The comedic timing of the filmmakers and actors in this movie is great. For example, the film frequently uses repetition for comedic effect. Many times over the course of the movie we see a character say something, and then another character repeats it back in an exaggerated and humorous manner. Admittedly, this is a very basic comedic rhythm, it is also a classic one that still works well.

Another hilarious part of the film is the dialogue. The dialogue is very exaggerated and unrealistic, but in a way that is extremely funny. Normally, the level of exposition that is in this movie would be terribly frustrating, but since the film is purposefully trying to be bad, it fits really well and will make you laugh.

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Additionally, all of the characters are completely archetypal, but the premise behind the movie is that these porn archetype characters are in a horror movie. That said, especially towards the end of the film, some of the characters do become more well-developed. There is a romance between two of the leads that is surprisingly compelling, making them more sympathetic.

The actors do a great job of delivering their comedic lines and playing to the archetypes of the characters. The biggest standout in the cast is Redd, who plays a stereotypical jock. His character’s personality is similar to that of other characters he has played in movies and on SNL, so he fits the role perfectly. Co-writer Quinn Beswick plays the lead of the film, a nerd, and nails the funny awkwardness.

The execution of the movie was very good too, with many of the production qualities of the film being done in a way as to directly poke fun at the style of pornos. The cinematography is silly, the lighting is oversaturated, and the soundtrack is schlocky. That being said, if you accept that it is all over-the-top on purpose, you will probably enjoy it more.

Even though it may not be the most intelligent or complex movie, Deep Murder does exactly what it sets out to do. A fun horror-comedy that parodies pornographic films, this is the type of movie that could eventually end up with a cult following.

Deep Murder is now in select theaters and on VOD.

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Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

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