Blu-ray Review: YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER

YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER was directed by Brett Simmons who co-wrote the screenplay with Covis Berzoyne and Thomas P. Vitale from a story by Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig and stars Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall, Jenna Harvey, Bryan Price, Sara Catherine Bellamy and Keith David as the voice of the sheriff. The music is by Andrew Morgan Smith.

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.

You Might Be the Killer takes place at Camp Clear Vista and follows Sam (Fran Kranz) and his fellow camp counselors who are getting ready for what should be another summer of fun and frolics. What happens is, something terrible happens that forces Sam to call his close friend Chuck (Alyson Hannigan), a horror movie expert who works at Rings of Saturn, a store kind of like Sam Goody that sells everything from comics to movies. There’s a masked killer on the loose that has slaughtered nearly all of the counselors and Sam calls Chuck to get her advice on who it might be and why this is happening.

Sam begins retracing his steps from the beginning and as Chuck listens in she helps her friend put pieces of this mysterious puzzle together. Through Sam’s flashbacks, the viewer gets to witness first hand all the events go down from the very beginning that have led to this moment. There’s Sam’s close relationship to Imani (Brittany S. Hall) and the quiet girl Jamie (Jenna Harvey) and both of these girls end up surviving long enough to discover who the killer actually is along with Sam. Chuck takes in all the information Sam has given her that leads to a shocking revelation that her friend could actually be the killer. Say what?

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast with You Might Be the Killer that ended up being a well executed horror-comedy that pays all kinds of wonderful homage to those awesome slashers from the 80s. I got a kick out of how the victims where numbered off in no particular order as the movie played out. I also really liked the story and the main characters were all fun to follow. Fran Kranz trades in his Cabin in the Woods character that was skilled with horror movie knowledge for this character that calls on Alyson Hannigan’s horror aficionado that helps solve the mystery of who the killer is. There’s also plenty of “filler characters” around for nothing more than to get sliced and diced but even they have their moments. Speaking of slicing and dicing, there’s a lot of blood and gore so the horror hounds thirst should be satisfied. Director Brett Simmons and company have delivered a fresh take on the slasher subgenre that’s definitely worth checking out. The Shudder original, You Might Be the Killer, is now available on Blu-ray so be sure you put this one on your watch list.

Distributor: Screen Media

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS’HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The Blu-ray extra includes some audio commentary with filmmakers Brett Simmons and Thomas P. Vitale.

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