Movie Review: Too Late

June 28, 2021

Written by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry is the Film Festival Editor for Horror Fuel; all film festival related queries and announcements should be sent to him at He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.

Show business can be a dog-eat-dog world, or as director D.W. Thomas shows in her new horror comedy Too Late, a monster-eat-comedian world. The film is a darkly humorous look at the world of stand-up comedy that boasts solid acting and an engaging story.
Violet Fields (Alyssa Limperis) is the assistant to renowned comedian and showcase host Bob Devore (Ron Lynch). She stays with him in hopes that he will finally give her a long-promised break, but in the back of her mind she knows it may never come, even though she loyally performs her main duty — providing Devore, who is a centuries-old monster, with stand-up comedians for him to eat. When Devore takes Violet’s new love interest Jimmy Rhodes (Will Weldon) under his wing, Violet must try her best to keep Jimmy from becoming Devore’s next meal — or worse.
Thomas directs from a sharp screenplay written by her husband Tom Becker, and she does a fine job balancing the horror elements with satire taking on the world of up-and-coming stand-up comics. Limperis is a blast as the frazzled Violet, and Devore brings an arrogant creepiness to his character. Weldon leads an impressive supporting cast that includes a good number of stand-up comics, with Portlandia and Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen turning in a fun supporting role. The technical aspects are all handled well, including some fun visual effects as Devore feeds on his victims.
Strongly recommended for horror comedy fans and fright-fare aficionados looking for something delightfully different, Too Late is a unique work loaded with talent and verve.
Too Late, from Gravitas Ventures, is currently playing in select theaters and on digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Fandango Now and all major cable/satellite platforms.


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