Movie Review: You Might Be the Killer (2018)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the horror/comedy starring Fran Kranz and Alyson Hannigan.

Synopsis: Sam, the lead counselor and owner of a summer camp calls up his friend, Chuck, and tells her a murderer is on the loose and has killed a lot of the other counselors. As Chuck has him walk her through the evening's events, she realizes Sam is the one who has been killing people while under the influence of a cursed mask.

Review

I decided to look for a movie to watch with my wife while cooking spaghetti for dinner last night. After a few minutes, I came across this film and, while I didn't know a lot about it (I hadn't even heard of it), decided it looked interesting enough to give it a try. As it turns out, it exceeded my expectations.

The movie is classified as a horror/comedy but, in reality, is is mostly just the latter. Fortunately, it was a clever enough movie to make the material work.

I think the thing I liked best about this film was the way it was structured so the night's details were revealed, out of order, in flashback form. This kept the movie from becoming too predictable because it only gave bits and pieces of the full story, leaving some confusion about which counselors had already been killed and in what order, as well as why Sam (Kranz) started killing people in the first place.

Having him reveal these details to Chuck (Hannigan) via a long phone call only added to this, especially when she used everything from horror movie references to books on the occult to help him figure out what was going on and calmly predicted how it would all end. She was so accurate, part of me wondered if maybe she was secretly in on it.

I think my only real complaint about the movie is the misleading title. Based on that, and the short description I was given before watching it, I thought there would be much more of a mystery about the killer's identity and Sam would only look guilty but not necessarily be the one who was murdering people. Instead, the movie really didn't make an effort to even throw in a possible red herring. In the end, it didn't ruin the movie but I think having more of a mystery would have only made it better than it already was.

Final Opinion

As I said, the movie exceeded my expectations. There might have been one or two things I would have changed about it but, overall, I thought it was a funny film that was worth taking the time to watch.

My Grade: B

Updated: 01/06/2021, StevenHelmer
 
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