YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER (2018)
Directed by Brett Simmons
Written by Covis Berzoyne, Brett Simmons, Thomas P. Vitale
Starring Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall, Jenna Harvey, Bryan Price, Patrick R. Walker, Jack Murillo, Sara Catherine Bellamy, Savannah DesOrmeaux, Carol Jean Wells, Peter Jaymes Jr., Olivia Jaye Brown, Jesse Gallegos, Clara Chong, Isaiah LaBorde, Keith David
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Going meta is a dangerous thing to do in horror. The genre requires one to suspend disbelief quite a bit in order to believe in slashers that withstand all kinds of bodily harm, otherworldly menaces, and dark monstrosities from the dankest corners of one’s psyche. Horror fans also have to put up with a lot of criticism leveled towards their favorite genre. It’s often seen as a lowest common denominator type of entertainment, and not as valid as more socially acceptable genres. For this reason, they tend to be somewhat defensive when someone swirls the microscope onto horror tropes because, more times than not, these views on the genre are laughing at the genre rather than with it. I feel the former applies to the SCREAM films, which sort of poked fun at the films it was meta-ing (makin’ up words is cool!), while films like CABIN IN THE WOODS, the recent THE FINAL GIRLS, and the subject of today’s review, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER, are sharing the love and the laughter with all of its fans.
As YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER opens, we see Franz Kranz’s Sam frantically sprinting away from some kind of threat in the woods. We are quickly caught up when Sam dials his best friend Chuck (Alyson Hannigan) and explains that he is in a camp in the woods and a whole lot of camp counsellors have been killed. As the conversation goes on, both Sam and Chuck attempt to put the night together as Sam is having blackouts and his memory is a bit fuzzy, especially regarding his dead counselor friends and how they came to be perished. But the more details revealed, the more the culprit of the murders seems to be Sam himself. Is Sam the killer or is there something more insidious going on?