VICIOUS FUN (2020) Reviews and overview

 

Vicious Fun is a 2020 Canadian comedy horror feature film about a young man that becomes trapped in a self-help group for serial killers.

Directed by Cody Calahan (The Oak Room; Let Her Out; Antisocial and Antisocial 2; et al) from a screenplay written by James Villeneuve, the Breakthrough Entertainment-Black Fawn Films-Particular Crowd production stars Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings (Anything for Jackson; Spare Parts; Wrong Turn; et al), Robert Maillet, Sean Baek and David Koechner.

The soundtrack score was composed by Steph Copeland (I’ll Take Your Dead; The Heretics; Let Her Out; The Dwelling; Antisocial and its sequel).

Background:

Vicious Fun was hands-down the most entertaining set I’ve ever been on,” explains director Cody Calahan. “It was an extremely collaborative process right across the board, from the talent on the screen to the talent behind the scenes. We wanted to make something nostalgic, hilarious, and a film that was just flat-out fun. I think we accomplished that.”

Release:

Vicious Fun began its festival run with an opening night slot at the 2020 Sitges Film Festival as part of the Panorama Fantastic section.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“A less than likeable hero and (mostly) forgettable kills aside, any horror fan who has been seeking something with that fun, horror movie party vibe similar to Friday the 13th Part 3 is going to find a gruesome gem in Vicious Fun. This is the kind of film that slays at slumber parties and is destined to be one of the best horror comedies of the year.” Killer Horror Critic

“Flying along from start to finish the limited locations are wonderfully utilised and the pace never drops even when the tale shifts from one setting to another […]  With big laughs and nasty gore Vicious Fun is a horror comedy that delivers on both fronts.” Love Horror

“It’s synth-drenched pandemonium made with equal parts heart and wit, and horror fans owe it to themselves to seek it out […] Vicious Fun isn’t overly concerned with justifying its decisions or even answering every question–not that it’s a particularly enigmatic experience or anything. This is a film that prioritizes fun–vicious fun–and in that regard, it’s an undeniable success.” Modern Horrors

“It’s fun. Sure, a lot of the entertainment value in this movie comes from the kills. But, as Vicious Fun escalates and the scenario slips away from Joel it gets funnier and funnier. There is humor focused on Joel being the fish out of water, the case of mistaken identity and his organic response to the violence around him. There is also welcome talk about why he was at the restaurant in the first place, how wrong his motive was.” Screen Anarchy

Cast and characters:

Evan Marsh … Joel
Amber Goldfarb … Carrie
Ari Millen … Bob
Julian Richings … Fritz
Robert Maillet … Mike
Sean Baek … Hideo
David Koechner … Zachary
Alexa Rose Steele … Sarah
Kristopher Bowman … Detective Foyle
Mark Gibson … Detective Hollands
John Fray … Officer Tony
Joe Bostick … Phil
Kameron Louangxay … Bartender
Earl ‘Bubba’ McLean Jr. … Cabbie
Craig Brown … The Clerk

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