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You Might Be the Killer (2018)
“It’s summer camp. What did you expect?”
I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is the best movie ever that was developed through banter on the Twitter. Don’t @ me. The exchange of tweets was between two writers, Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig, when they simply started discussing typical tropes from your generic slasher film. The Twitter exchange started simply enough with Sam Sykes asking for some help from friend Chuck Wendig. Sam lets Chuck know that everything was going well at the camp he is a counselor at when all of a sudden there was a crazed killer on the loose. Here is some of the exchange-
Pretty standard questions there Chuck. I think I would have asked the same. If you would like to read the entire back and forth, which lasted an hour, you can do so here. Well this exchange would lead to Sam and Chuck’s first Hollywood credit as producer with the idea being turned into a movie to be directed by Brett Simmons (Husk, Animal). The thread ended up with over 12,000 likes with both of them saying they received 5,000 new followers. See kids the tweet machine can be a good place instead of the normal cesspool of lowest form of humans possible full of trolls and turds.
You Might Be the Killer is a meta horror comedy that stars Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods, Major Crimes) and Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, American Pie) as Sam and Chuck. While at camp as the lead counselor Sam, in a panic and covered in blood, calls his friend Chuck, who is at work, seeking some help since she is a horror movie enthusiast. Sam begins to explain that there is a masked killer on the loose who has killed pretty much everyone.
During Chuck’s shift at the local comic book shop, she tries to calmly walk through the previous events with Sam to help him the best she can. After recounting several murders and blackouts by Sam, Chuck begins to ask some simple questions like why didn’t the killer murder Sam when he had the chance? Sam begins to babble not understanding so Chuck decides to start a different line of questioning as she strolls through the aisles at work with customers looking on. “Are you covered in blood?” Sam, “Nooo. Well I mean a little. But why?” “Is it yours?” Chuck continues. After a few more questions they both deduce that Sam might in fact be the killer. Dun Dun Duuunnn!
The film is a smart and funny take on the same old tired slasher story. The best parts are the exchanges between Sam and Chuck while Chuck is on her work phone nonchalantly strolling through her store getting weird looks from customers as she makes some questionable comments. Smart structuring helps with flashbacks helping fill in most of the blanks and a fun kill count tally on screen. Fran Kranz plays the all-american good old boy very well that makes it hard to believe he is a mass murderer. Alyson Hannigan does a wonderful job as the “guy in the chair” who helps keep the narrative going. To really make these type of movies work is when it’s time for violence you need to bring the intensity which is done strongly here. Only real downside is that the story gets bogged down with over exposition at times which tends to happen with meta horror films. Fran and Alyson play off each other well enough to keep it from dragging too much and keep it interesting.
You Might Be the Killer doesn’t live up to the standards of similar movies like Scream and The Cabin in the Woods, but it is suitable if you are looking for a different kind of horror movie that’s not all doom and gloom. It is on Shudder at the moment.
My rating- 3.75/5