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You Might Be the Killer (2018)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fran Kranz ... Sam
Alyson Hannigan ... Chuck
Brittany S. Hall ... Imani
Jenna Harvey ... Jamie
Bryan Price ... Steve ('The Kayak King')
Patrick R. Walker ... Brad
Jack Murillo ... Freddie
Sara Catherine Bellamy ... Drew
Savannah DesOrmeaux Savannah DesOrmeaux ... Nancy
Carol Jean Wells ... Heather
Peter Jaymes Jr. ... Bob
Olivia Jaye Brown ... Carol (as Olivia Brown)
Jesse Gallegos ... Ted
Clara Chong Clara Chong ... Alice
Isaiah LaBorde ... Wood Carver
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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.

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Release Date:

4 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Might Be the Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Curmudgeon Films See more »
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Camp scenes were filmed at Camp Bon Temps in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Store scenes were filmed at and Books Too in Lafayette, Louisiana. See more »

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Chuck: Damn, Sam.
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References Halloween (1978) See more »

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The 80s called. The line was constantly busy, though.
24 April 2019 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Don't know if you noticed it too, but homages and references towards vintage 80s slasher movies in nowadays horror movies aren't just simple gimmicks anymore. They have evolved into a complete sub-genre of their own! Around the time of Wes Craven's "Scream" and the subsequent 10-15 years, it was a tremendous hype to refer to the delightful cliches and titles of the eighties, but these days and with films like "The Final Girls", "Summer of 84" and notably the hugely successful TV-series "Stranger Things", entire films are made to look as if they were coming straight from the heyday-decade of horror. I certainly cannot blame these writers and directors! Devoted genre fanatics like myself are attracted to the eighties like flies are attracted to ..., well, you know. Everything was so much better and simpler 30 years ago. Plots were dumb but effective, like summer camp counselors being chased through the woods by a machete-wielding maniac, girls were prettier and lewd, gore was unhinged and manually manufactured and advanced technologies - like mobile phones or social media - didn't exist. Of course every aspiring horror director nowadays wants to make films as entertaining and nostalgic as the ones he/she grew up with!

"You Might be the Killer" is a fun and occasionally quite clever piece of throwback-horror full of the above mentioned 80s characteristics, but it nevertheless takes place in a present-day setting. The over-enthusiast head-counselor Sam invited all his fellow counselors to spend the weekend and prepare for the upcoming summer camp at the remote location. On the first evening, around the campfire, he narrates the local urban legend of a poor lumberjack who made an eerie mask and went on to kill his family and the entire village. His grave and the mask are supposedly buried somewhere on the camp grounds, so it's not too difficult to guess what happens next. The innovative aspect of "You Might be the Killer" is the narrative structure. When confronted with the first dead bodies piling up around him, Sam telephones his best friend and bona-fide horror nerd Chuck and, through retelling the bloody events that took place, they establish that Sam is probably the killer himself. Some ideas and gimmicks in the script are dire and overly cliched, like the body count indicator which has been done numerous times before, but others are quite inventive. With the non-stop phone conversation between Sam and Chuck, co-writer/director Brett Simmons at least (deliberately?) ignores one dreadful cliche already: there's always a phone-signal and the battery doesn't die. The gore is excellent, the killer's mask and preferred weapon are vintage slasher material and most of these unknown (to me, at least) actresses like Brittany S. Hall, Jenna Harve, Sarah Catherine Bellamy and Carol Jean Wells are drop dead gorgeous (pun intended)


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