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Movie Review: Killer Kate! (2018)

Kate (Alexandra Feld) and Angie (Danielle Burgess) are estranged sisters that haven’t said a word to one another since Angie went to college and left Kate to care for their sick father. Years later, in an attempt to patch that shit up, Angie invites Kate to her bachelorette party held at a remote house (booked on a “not quite” Air BnB…and held on Halloween no less). The women booze it up, plow down some cake, and remain blissfully unaware that they are walking into the machinations of a psychotic family of amateur killers (and professional idiots) who are a lil’ green at the murder biz. Soon these jokers are in way over their heads as they attempt to kill Kate and company, but find themselves up against a savage ass kicker they didn’t bargain on!

Killer Kate! has a fantastic premise, as we see both the gang of goofs that are destined to be victims, and the (ridiculous) group of killers, both going to the main location of the story and we get to experience both sides of the story…and what a story it is! We get some great comedic moments from the family of killers and their inept homicidal attempts, and we get some real drama from the story of Kate and Angie. Speaking of Kate, Feld makes for a personable, multi-layered lead whom we actually manage to care a lot about when shit hits the fan…and on the flip side, Grant Lyon as Jimmy; the member of the freaky family charged with spearheading the kill crazy plot is a absolutely fantastic as the voice of reason to the more ridiculous members of his kooky clan. Also of note is the welcome appearance of one of my fav scream queens Tiffany Shepis as Christine, the only female (and semi-competent) member of the family. Also, as hinted at above, there are some nice surprises to be had with this one as paradigms are flipped in fun ways throughout the film’s run time.

On the downside, you are going to get waaay more talkin’ than terrorizin’ for a large portion of this picture, so if you are looking for non-stop slasher spills n’ thrills this picture may not scratch that itch as thoroughly as you may wish.

Bottom line, Killer Kate! is as funny as it is unique…that rare fright flick find that strikes a perfect balance between all of it’s disparate elements and will actually appeal to lovers of slasher flicks, horror comedy, and revenge pictures all at once!

 

 

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