Cast: Kristos Andrews, Galadriel Stineman, Maurice LaMarche, Charles M. Howell IV. Carla Collins, Spencer Breslin
Critics Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Director: James Cullen Bressack
Writer: Gordon Bressack
Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Genre: Dark Comedy
Release details: Oh, Scares Film Festival &
Filmquest, Oct 31, 2022.
In this quirky play-within-a-play-within-a-movie, director James Cullen Bressack attempts to bring together the nuances and dynamics of real and reel life of the creators with comedy and neo-noire thrill. Do they succeed?
A critic once said, “The new needs friends.” And director James Cullen Bressack’s attempt to bring to life his late father and writer Gordon Bressack’s screenplay is definitely something new and something that isn’t attempted often. In that spirit, ‘Murder Anyone?’ is a fun and thrilling ride of dark comedy that navigates through some seriously funny and bloody situations, along with chaotic plot twists that make you stay invested in whatever is happening on the screen.
From the very start, we know nothing here can be taken too seriously but as the film progresses, it keeps amusing its audience with the raw brashness of its characters and the constant tussle between the writers that is clearly the biggest highpoint of the film. Sure, it’s all very loud and over-the-top but that we believe is by design.
That said, we have to admit it’s not for everyone and many would find it downright silly and outrageously pointless too. But the fun is to actually just go with the flow and let the madness of the characters and the situations take over. It could have been funnier but the amount of blood and gore is satisfactory. It makes for an easy harmless watch for an evening with friends and popcorn and maybe some beer too.
The actors here are clearly having fun just as they were intended too and in all its silliness, the film breezes through its narrative. It has its flaws and may not amuse those looking for a perfectly timed comedy or a blood-curdling thriller, but it’s just perfect for those who don’t mind sitting through a mindless whodunit that has its share of scary and LOL moments.