‘Paint the town red’
Double Date is a 2017 British comedy horror film directed by Benjamin Barfoot from a screenplay by Danny Morgan, who also stars along with Georgia Groome (The Cottage), Michael Socha and Kelly Wenham.
Innocent Jim (Danny Morgan) is terrified of girls, yet still on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns thirty. He and his cocky friend Alex (Michael Socha) think they’ve hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome), who seem up for anything on a wild party-fueled night.
However, little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity and secretly have another darker agenda for Jim’s birthday – virgin sacrifice…
“By dropping the bombshell right from the cold open, Barfoot and Morgan can find their tone (far more jokey than scary) and stick to it, but it does make for a one-note viewing experience. There are some good gags (particularly courtesy of Socha), but it is often obvious, broad humour, as opposed to anything particularly cineliterate or genre-savvy.” Benedict Seal, Bloody Disgusting
” …its sense of humor is always evident, just not with any urgency to be blusteringly boisterous. Putting it another way, Double Date is consistently comical without being cartoonish, which goes a long way toward helping its horror hit.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“A gem of a debut feature, Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date is, quite frankly, one of the best British horror/comedy flicks since Shaun of the Dead. Broad humour meets situational comedy, populated with likeable characters and a streak of bloody crimson.” Gareth Jones, Dread Central
“The jokes don’t all work, but the structure is solid and the performances really sell the characters […] The third act is more conventional horror stuff, with echoes of The Wicker Man and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – but Barfoot manages a segue from shaggy dog story into gruesome nightmare very well.” The Kim Newman Web Site
” …Double Date combines the perils of modern-day dating and adds in a love interest whose interests include Satan-worshipping, black magic and murdering men with her sibling in her spare time creating a hilarious horror comedy that will have you entertained from start to finish for sure.” Love Horror
“With a finale that really brings the true horror aspects of this story to light, Double Date is one of those rare beasts – a horror comedy that mixes both genres to perfection. And the fact that it’s British? Makes that even more astonishing!” Phil Wheat, Nerdly
Main cast and characters:
- Danny Morgan … Jim
- Georgia Groome … Lulu
- Michael Socha … Alex
- Kelly Wenham … Kitty
- Dougie Poynter … Steven Barker
- Brooke Norbury … Young Kitty
In the UK, Double Date is released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 9 September 2019.
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
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