Starring: Callie Ott, Nicholas James Reilly, Andrea Hunt
Directed by: Peter Herro
Written by: Adam Buchalter, Peter Herro
Original Year of Release: 2017
Run Time: 80 minutes
Three years ago, twenty-two year old “girl-next door” Rachel barely survived a brutal massacre which left all of her friends murdered. Time has passed, and Rachel has moved on, but unfortunately, her new batch of close friends are spending Spring Break in a secluded house in the woods, and they have cordially invited her to join. Seven friends will go into a secluded house for the best Spring Break of their lives, but only one will be alive to post about it on Facebook the next week, as Rachel’s biggest fears become a reality once again! Can Rachel survive another bloody massacre?
If you were unable to tell from the plot description, WTF! is a classic slasher film made with the same formula as classic slasher films of the 1970s and 1980s. Not much has changed over the past thirty or forty years except perhaps the audience’s empathy towards the characters in these films which has flipped from “Oh! Those poor kids!” to “Oh! Those kids are stupid!”
And of course the audience has that attitude because we’ve become conditioned to these movies and the checklist of ingredients they require: Hot women? Check. Sex-crazed guys? Check? The one guy who’s the stoner? Check. The one girl who seems a little off or creepy? Check.
While WTF does follow the formula by the numbers for the most part that doesn’t make it a bad film. As low-budget slashers go it holds its own quite well for a number of reasons. First is that it has a quirky, dark sense of humor. Often times these films can be unintentionally funny for all the wrong reasons such as poor acting or writing. But I found myself laughing out loud a number of times.
For example, Sam puts down a man they thought was the killer he defends his actions by saying he might have saved Rachel and Lisa from being raped. Bonnie (played by the beautiful Andrea Hunt) questions hurtfully, why the man wouldn’t have wanted to rap her, too. It’s those bits of black humor that make the film a lot of fun. There’s also a running gag about Lisa’s bragging about knowing “Jiu-tit-su”.
Another positive is the film does off some inventive gruesome kills that are sure to satisfy the gore fans. You have to give points to director Peter Herro. I don’t think I’ve seen an aerosol spray utilized in THAT way before. The performances are solid throughout and I particularly enjoyed Benjamin Norris as Jacob (the stoner character I mentioned), Andrea Hunt as Bonnie (The beauty queen), and Sarah Agor as Lisa (the Jiu-tit-su expert)
While WTF isn’t a classic in the genre by any means it’s one that is worth a view due to its humor and creativity.
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