While masked killers are once again popular in movies and television, Netflix unveils its new horror film, “Killer Game”. Directly inspired by “Scream”, this slasher is a great surprise. Perfect for Halloween parties!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
Makani and his friends from Osborne High School do everything to identify and stop a masked killer who prey on students by revealing their innermost secrets.
Killer Game, written by Henry Gayden and directed by Patrick Brice.
Available on Netflix
WHO IS IT WITH?
On the bill of this slasher, Sydney Park embodies the heroine, named Makani. She appeared in the series Santa Clarita Diet with Drew Barrymore or even The Walking Dead. By his side, some will recognize Théodore Pellerin, a Canadian actor who has already appeared in The OA, the drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always or Just the end of the world by Xavier Dolan. The rest of the cast is made up of Asjha Cooper (Everybody Wants Some), Jesse LaTourette (Boy Erased), Burkely Duffield (Warcraft: The Beginning), Dale Whibley, Diego Josef (Generation) or Zane Clifford (Superman & Lois).
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
Fear street, Candyman, Halloween kills, series Remember … last summer and the next one Scream prove it: the slasher is getting back on its feet. This horrific sub-genre, which features killers in pursuit of their victims, was popularized in the 1970s, before being revived two decades later by Wes Craven. With Killer Game – entitled There’s Someone Inside Your House in the original version – Netflix once again plays the game of nostalgia and offers a very solid horror film.
It must be said that the project is supported by talented people: James Wan, director of Saw and the first two Conjuring, produced, while Patrick Brice, the man behind the excellent Creep, directs. Adapted from the eponymous bestseller by Stephanie Perkins, the film takes up the classic slasher scheme: a seemingly uneventful city, students with secrets and a first murder that ignites the powder.
Well written and malicious enough to never take itself seriously, Killer Game succeeds where many have tripped over the carpet. The feature film is inspired by Scream, its aesthetic nineties and do not hide it, to the point of hiding many nods that should not escape the attention of fans. Bloodier than it is frightening, the thriller still manages to offer good moments of anguish. There is, in particular, this original killer who wears, as a mask, a replica of the faces of the victims he is about to kill.
Carried by a convincing young cast, Killer Game is not just based on nostalgia. It respects the codes of the genre, but also tries to breathe new life into the slasher, in line with its time. It tackles social issues, from homophobia to racism, in the light of the cancel culture, a widespread practice in the United States that the film does not hesitate to slightly cut. Although the thriller does not reach the genius of Scream, there is no doubt that it will seduce spectators in search of thrills.