It’s always exciting when a horror-comedy doesn’t look like utter and total crap. Tony West’s debut feature, Deadtectives, follows a group of paranormal investigators led by You’re the Worst star Chris Geere who travel to the most haunted mansion in Mexico to save their failing TV show from cancellation. Produced by the same folks behind Netflix’s El Chapo series, which opened to great reviews, Deadtectives looks like the kind of goofy, funny, and legitimately scary horror comedy we need right now.
According to an official synopsis:
“In this hilarious take on the paranormal, TV’s DeadTectives are dispatched to Mexico’s most haunted mansion and are charged with the task of bringing ‘real’ scares and big ratings or face cancellation. With a new no-nonsense Producer at the helm and a truckload of special effects at the ready, the team are determined to manufacture an excess of thrills and chills for a supernatural spectacular. However, when the true dark secrets of the mansion begin to reveal themselves the hapless presenters quickly discover that this house is no hoax. With zero ghost-hunting skills (or really any other applicable skills) the team has to figure out how to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime and escape the house with both their lives and their dignity.”
You’re the Worst is one of my favorite shows on TV right now, and Chris Geere has managed to turn in some amazing performances over the course of its four seasons. Admittedly, I wasn’t so sure how I felt about him when the show first premiered in 2014, but he’s quickly become one of my favorite comedic actors working today, and the trailer for this new film – which you can watch right here – showcases the wry charm that won me over in the first place. Incorporating the Mexican ghost lore into the mix is a great idea, and the trailer reveals some really clever sight gags, a couple effective jump scares, and some hilarious one-liners.
There’s no word on when Deadtectives will be hitting theaters, but this is one to keep an eye out for in the near future.
Images: Odin’s Eye, FXX
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