A camp counselor suffering from blackouts finds himself surrounded by murder victims. He turns to his horror movie enthusiast friend for advice, and to contend with the idea he may be the killer. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64% (Critics) / 54% (Audience)
MetaScore: 79 – Generally favorable reviews
Directed By: Brett Simmons
Written By: Brett Simmons
Starring: Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall
Studio: Curmudgeon Films
Just for taking the epic Twitter thread by Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig and making it into a movie this enjoyable, writer/director Brett Simmons deserves all the props. All the pitfalls were there for this to become a one note movie that takes it’s sole note and plays it over and over to the point of being annoying but instead Simmons spun gold out of a thin premise.
I am a card carrying fanboy of the Joss Whedon TV Universe so I probably would be all in for a 2 hour movie that was just Alyson Hannigan (Willow from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and Fran Kranz (Topher from DOLLHOUSE and the best part of Whedon’s THE CABIN IN THE WOODS film) chatting on the phone. They played my two favorite nerds from The Whedonverse and they delivered in this movie too.
As for the movie itself, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER was chock full of impressive kills and inventive visual gimmicks like switching to a grainy film effect when introducing the camp counselors and giving each of them a title card that then carried over into one of the best bits of the movie which was a running tally of the kills. There was also a ton of clever Easter eggs in the comic shop where Hannigan’s character worked. And I may be showing my age but the “Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice” gag made me laugh out loud.
It would have been nice to get a little more depth with the doomed camp counselors instead of making them as vacuous as the characters in standard slasher movie fare tend to be.
Keeping Alyson Hannigan’s character in the comic book shop and not having her get involved in the action up at Camp Clear vista was a missed opportunity and so was only having Keith David as a voice on a mobile phone.
Poor Steve the Kayak King. He was a special snowflake that this horrible world didn’t deserve. Damn, fam.
Final Verdict: YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER miraculously is able to take an (admittedly funny) Twitter conversation and make a really fun movie that pokes at the slasher horror genre with a sharp stick. I totally recommend it.