What does Lorenzo think?
Who you gonna call? Not the Ghostbusters…call the DeadTectives!
DeadTectives was directed by Tony West and stars Chris Geere, Tina Ivlev, José María de Tavira, and David Newman who are a team of hapless paranormal investigators on the brink of cancellation, so they decide to go to Mexico to investigate one of the most haunted houses in the entire country in pursuit of better ratings. However, when the darkness within the mansion begins to manifest itself, the crew suddenly realize they bit off more than they can chew, and have to finally admit that ghosts are real, and that this house is no hoax. So, with zero actual ghost-hunting skills (or really any other skills), they must escape the house and rid it of the evil once and for all…and we are all along for one of the coolest horror comedies ever!
Honestly, there isn’t really much bad going on here. Maybe that it’s going to be exclusively streaming on Shudder and it’s a movie I’d want to add to my Blu-Ray collection? I think that’s it…
As for the great parts? This film balances the comedy and the chilling, creepy bits almost perfectly. The colors were something that jumped out at me almost right off the bat. There is some incredible comedic talent in this cast, and their timing is impeccable. The cast are fun to watch, even when they’re being absolutely ridiculous in what they’re doing on screen. The house itself in Mexico is pretty terrifying, the filmmaker knowing how to really build tension and use a jump scare here and there effectively. The costumes are out of this world cool and they used some pretty great effects for the ghosts in this film. Even the music was great. Everything about this movie just screams fun.
Honestly that’s about it. It’s a really simple horror comedy that is an absolute blast to watch. The jokes are spot on, the timing is great, the horror elements were really fun to watch, the cast is loveable, the music is wacky, and the story was fun to see unfold. I really had a great time with this movie and it’s a shame that it’ll be exclusive to Shudder so I hope everyone has a membership! It’s coming out this July so check it out!
What does Dave think?
Facing the death of their careers, DeadTectives, a team of paranormal investigators has one chance to resurrect their show: a haunted house in Mexico. But when the show starts going wildly off-script, they realize that their show is not the only thing that needs saving, but at what cost?
DeadTectives follows Sam and his team of ghost hunters; Kate, his fiancé; Lloyd, his brother; and Javier on their paranormal investigations. Their show has been struggling in the ratings, finally hitting rock bottom. The network called for the cancellation of the show unless the season finale pulls out all the stops. To help with this, the execs tap a new producer and special effects designer to help and send the team to Mexico to investigate one of the most haunted houses in the country; a house with a history of Mayan sacrifices, wartime atrocities, and heinous murders. It doesn’t take long for the team to figure out that their scripts and special effects are not necessary, there’s plenty of supernatural happenings to fuel the ratings, but the cancellation of their show is the least of their worries.
I liked this movie, a lot. I would rank it up there with other horror comedies like Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Shaun of the Dead. DeadTectives has a good blend of comedy writing and horror effects, from the interaction between the team to the practical effects of the ghosts and the “poltergeist activity.” The visual effects were well done and didn’t try to do too much. The writers used foreshadowing and call backs to move the plot along and keep the audience interested and amused. It is a really fun haunted house romp that takes a fun stab at some of the over-the-top paranormal investigating reality shows out there. So, if you are in the mood for a good movie that will give you a good scare along with quite a few laughs, you cannot go wrong with DeadTectives.
DeadTectives hits Shudder on July 18th
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