‘Comedy is a matter of taste’
Too Late is a 2021 American comedy horror film about a lonely assistant who must escape her monster of a boss before she’s his next meal.
Directed by D.W. Thomas from a screenplay by Tom Becker, the Firemark Media production stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Fred Armisen, Jack De Sena and Ron Lynch.
Los Angeles: In the indie comedy scene Violet (Alyssa Limperis) works a thankless job as the assistant to Bob Devore (Ron Lynch), famed comedian and host of the live variety show Too Late. But what only Violet knows is that Bob is a monster both literally and figuratively.
Resigned to her fate, Violet is caught by surprise when she meets aspiring comedian Jimmy Rhodes (Will Weldon) and sparks fly. Unfortunately, as her feelings for Jimmy grow and Bob starts to doubt her loyalty, she and Jimmy could end up as Bob’s next meal…
“Too Late is a small film. with modest charms; although it provokes plenty of small smiles, it never manages that one, big, laugh-out-loud scene that makes a comedy really memorable. But like the stand-ups it spotlights, it knows how to tell a joke, and how to get off the stage before you’re tired of it.” Film Racket
“There’s a grimness to the moral lessons in Too Late, a perversity to Violet’s assistantship. The metaphor is clear, but boy is it dark. A shorter version of the movie, with a punchier final scene, would work as a Tales from the Crypt episode although the ultimately redemptive elements land because we come to care about Violet (and understand her, even if we don’t want to admit it).” Midwest Film Journal
” …like an ultra-low-budget reimagining of Brian Yuzna’s body-horror satire Society (1989), transplanted from Beverly Hills’ leafy suburbia to LA’s urban comedy culture. It is a funny, freaky labour of love whose hybrid variety entertainment comes with a wry delivery.” Projected Figures
“Like the humour, its scares are underdeveloped, leaving Too Late floundering like so many comedy horror films before it – neither as funny nor as scary as it should be. There are some good gore gags and charming performances, but it’s just a little too little.” Starburst
Too Late premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on April 9th 2021.
In the USA, Too Late is released On-Demand on June 25th 2021.
Cast and characters:
Mary Lynn Rajskub … Gina Obispo
Fred Armisen … Fredo Muñoz
Jack De Sena … David Zeller
Ron Lynch … Bob Devore
Brooks Wheelan … Chase Morrow
Jenny Zigrino … Belinda
Dinora Walcott … Donna Rudinsky
Alyssa Limperis … Violet Fields
Barbara Gray … Open Mic Host
Billy Breed … Dax Hanlan
Andrés du Bouchet … Night Watchman
Megan Koester … Comedian
Kimberly Clark … Comedian
Will Weldon … Jimmy Rhodes
Leila Perry … Party Girl