KILLER SOFA (2019)
aka MY LOVER, MY LAZY BOY
Directed by Bernie Rao
Written by Bernie Rao
Starring Piimio Mei, Harley Neville, Jordan Rivers, Jim Baltaxe, Hamish Boyle, Jed Brophy, James Cain, Sean Fleming, Michael Fowler, Grant Kereama, Stacey King, Adrienne Kohler, Paulo Lourenço, Jamie McCaskill, Nathalie Morris, Sarah Munn, André Oudard, Ivana Palezevic, Jane Paul, Rick Sahar, Angelica Thomas, Jason Tolley, Kimre Viviers, Trae Te Wiki
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A movie called KILLER SOFA should not take itself seriously. But this one does and it kind of works in doing so. I’m not saying this film tries to be a straight up drama. But KILLER SOFA puts more thought into its script than most low fi horror films and ends up making it a worthwhile watch.
When Francesca (Piimio Mei) breaks up with her boyfriend, the jilted occultist ends up killing himself and becomes a Dybbuk. Trapped inside a recliner, the ex-boyfriend makes his way from owner to owner until it returns to Francesca to spend the rest of her days comforting her and eliminating any and all competition for her affection.
The fact that KILLER SOFA film thought enough to adhere to the Dybbuk mythos and commit to it impressed me the most. Yes, technically, it’s a killer recliner and not a sofa, but this one sells the stalking furniture idea well. Part of it is because Mei is so likable in the lead. In this case, Mei’s Francesca plays a girl who has the bad luck to attract guys to her that eventually become obsessed with her. This detail pops up several times throughout the film and though on paper this might be a deplorable quality to have, Mei sells it without a conceited note so that we completely sympathize with her. The stalking theme is taken seriously as well. It just so happens that she is being stalked by something as ludicrous as a comfortable chair.
The practical effects are rather joyous as the design of the chair, with its button eyes and cushion mouth actually manages to be both menacing and comical. Reminiscent of RUBBER which tries to take itself seriously despite having an inanimate object as a lead, KILLER SOFA ends up being all sorts of fun from beginning to end. The film even ends up being downright creepy in the way the chair is filmed and the gruesome way its victims meet their end. KILLER SOFA was a surprise treat. It’s light fun, but surprisingly well realized offbeat horror.