DEADTECTIVES (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Fake hunters. Real ghosts. Complete dicks.’
DeadTectives is a 2018 American comedy horror film directed by Tony West from a screenplay co-written with David Clayton Rogers, Mark Riley and Cris Rice.

The movie stars Martha Higareda, Chris Geere, Tina Ivlev and David Newman.

Plot:
A team of hapless paranormal investigators on a reality TV series travel to Mexico’s most haunted house in the pursuit of better ratings. 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 and escape the house with their lives…

Reviews:
“West’s film starts at a merry old pace and never lets up. Whilst the emphasis is on laughs, which it repeatedly delivers on, there are moments of great ingenuity and scenes which are genuinely creepy. There’s also some quality effects work and top-drawer scares. DeadTectives is horror comedy done right.” Backseat Mafia

“Tony West pulls off the near-impossible with his new film Deadtectives: he’s crafted a tonally perfect horror comedy, one that balances scares, laughs and heart-tugs with equal success. There’s not a single beat that doesn’t work in this hilarious, spooky film, and that’s a rarity, indeed.” Bloody Disgusting

” …we slowly get some pieces of information about the previous owners and some really well developed scare and humor set pieces. It has a cartoony, stage set look to it which really helps sell the comedy. Deadtectives is a hoot.” Gayly Dreadful

“The beginning is rough; the comedy sitcom-y, the horror forced and toothless, but near the halfway mark, the film strikes a balance between jokes and scares—and leans into the spooky. It compares well to Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners…” The Last Thing I See

“It is in fact one of the most near-perfect blends of genres I’ve seen in some time – mainly in thanks to the cast (led by a superb Chris Grere), all of whom jump into the ridiculousness and the terror with both feet; you truly feel like these folks are really going through hell… and are all pretty much dicks! […] Deadtectives, ultimately, also has a heart.” Nerdly

Release:
DeadTectives premiered on Shudder on July 18, 2019.

Cast and characters:
Martha Higareda … Abril
Chris Geere … Sam Whitner
Tina Ivlev … Kate
David Newman … Lloyd
José María de Tavira … Javier
Pablo Guisa Koestinger … Dead Sushi Chef
Nuria Blanco … Dead Mother
Cecelia Antoinette … Ethel
Cris Rice … Konrad
Mark Riley … Bob
Maria Cargutié … Zoey

Filming locations:
Mexico City, Mexico
Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico

Technical details:
1 hour 32 minutes

Trailer:

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