Director: Ben Kent.
Writers: Ben Kent, Joel Wilenius
Starring: Mark Heap, Sean Verey, Danny Kirrane, David Mumeni, Timothy Renouf, Perry Fitzpatrick, Ewen MacIntosh, Tim Faraday.
Sam (Sean Verey) is heading out with a bunch of his mates – well, mostly – for his stag weekend. His simple-minded friend Eric (Danny Kirrane) has organised the trip and arranged for the group to experience a paintball weekend at a site that is run by a small group of ex-military folk. The theme for their paintballing adventure is that of the beloved zombie outbreak. So, the bumbling mates are armed with their paint-guns and split into two teams. They are then dumped in the woods and tasked with making their way to a pre-arranged location whilst having to navigate through the zombie-infested forest. Not real zombies, of course, just the organisers in bad make-up, stumbling around, being menacing.
Luckily the group of misfit friends also have a few other things to help them on their journey.
Gerald (Mark Heap) – Sam’s future Father-in-law has his supposed military experience, Cheese (Perry Fitzpatrick) has a supply of drugs and Eric has a survival kit and very large knife; in case he needs to whittle something.
The problem is things don’t quite run as smoothly as expected due to a case of panic-induced impalement and Eric not quite being able to differentiate between a real person and a fictional zombie character.
One accidental death later and the group…no, wait. Two accidental deaths and…oh…ok. Three accidental deaths later, things are not going well for the event.
Originally, I forgot all about this movie.
I’d watched the trailer when it was released, thought it looked like fun and then it got lost in the background somewhere. The only reason that I remembered it was because I was re-watching Spaced (which if you haven’t seen, you really should) which along with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, also starred Mark Heap. Seeing Mark nudged my mind enough to rouse a few dormant brain cells into action and remind me of the movie.
So, I headed online and looked the movie up to further jog my memory.
Ratings weren’t great, but I thought that I would give it a watch anyway. And I am glad that I did because this movie is fun.
We’ve probably established before that I am a grumpy old bastard and I don’t tend to watch a lot of comedies. Well, regular comedies anyway.
When they are interlaced with horror I’m always more than willing to dive in.
Most comedy flicks, however, just annoy me. You either end up with a bunch of puerile and unoriginal garbage that rehashes the same jokes over and over (hello Scary Movie franchise), or you get another soulless turd in the style of whatever Adam Sandler has shat out this year and is pretty much the same turd that he squeezed forth the previous year, only with a different arrangement of sweetcorn lodged in its stinky exterior.
So yeah. You get the point. I am grumpy, especially about so-called ‘mainstream comedy.’
Killer Weekend, however, did something that doesn’t happen from a movie very often; not intentionally anyway.
It managed to make me laugh.
Yes, the characters are a mixed bunch of morons, losers, pompous twats and druggies, but they all worked pretty well together. I was expecting to hate certain characters, such as corporate lawyer Myles (Timoty Renouf) because he was that aforementioned pompous twat, but he never went that territory of being so annoying that I hated him and he even became quite likeable.
That is a lot more than can be said for most movies and, surprisingly, none of the characters went into the ‘can’t wait to see this prick die’ territory.
Even Eric, the bumbling moron that he is, was redeemed of his stupid decisions by being likeably dumb.
There was a great moment when he was arguing with Toby (David Mumemi) about him always banging on about his family, especially his baby son. Eric questions why Toby keeps going on about the baby when he’s only known him for 8 months and what the fuck has it achieved in that time compared to his mates who he’s known for 20 years? Nothing, that’s what.
It was this interplay between the characters that worked well and even though you may sometimes wonder at why some of them still tolerate each other, they interacted in a way that felt pretty natural. Exaggerated obviously, but still natural.
This, mixed with their ineffectual mental capacity when faced with a challenging problem, provided some welcome humour especially as the fucked up situation was only experienced by one half of the group. The other half, being led by Gerald, just played the game as it was intended and got on with things in their own way.
The cast all did a great job and whether they portrayed a cowardly bell-end, moronic cock-womble or revenge-seeking ex-army nutter, they all entertained.
I found Killer Weekend to be a fun movie that I could quite happily sit down and watch again and also one that sits well alongside other British horror comedies.
Maybe that’s why it worked so well for me. The British humour that I can relate to more than the American humour in the movies I mentioned earlier.
If you like a good comedy horror, then it's worth taking time to watch Killer Weekend.
It might not grab the world's attention like Shaun of the Dead, but that doesn't make it any less worthwhile and is certainly worth taking the time to watch.
Killer Weekend is distributed by Signature Entertainment and is available now on Amazon Prime where you can find it by following this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RN9PVXG?
You can find more about Signature Entertainment by checking out their website, which you can find here: https://www.signature-entertainment.co.uk/