THE WHOOPER RETURNS (2020) Reviews and overview

 

‘Tonight, the Schepp family’s worst fear is… coming home.’

The Whooper Returns is a 2020 American horror film about a family squabbling over inheritance in an allegedly haunted home.

Written, directed and edited by Samuel Krebs (Milk Mustache). Produced by Samuel Krebs, Heidi Scheuermann and Michael X. Schmitt.

The Patio production stars Rik Billock, Megan Bolton, David Flick, Andrew Ashbrook Freed, Dylan Grunn, Nathan Hollabaugh and Owen Miller.

Plot:

Following the death of their mother, four estranged siblings find themselves fighting for their inheritance and for their lives when an eccentric stranger arrives, claiming their famous haunted childhood home was left to her…

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Reviews:

“I’m not sure the entirety of the plot made sense to me. Or perhaps the film was too dark (like, literally devoid of light) for me to understand everything that was happening. Can they remake this film with some better lighting and maybe a little tighter script? The film is really close to being something really good.” Adam Hursey

“Under the lo-fi ’70s throwback haunting vibe, it’s really a portrait of dysfunction, one that deepens the more time you spend with the family. At the same time, it’s a mournful look at how urban myths, and “based on a true story” stories, can dehumanize people, and the toxicity of possessive fandoms.” The Austin Chronicle

“The dialogue is pretty good for the most part, but a lot of it falls under exposition and can be kind of plodding. As well, the acting is decent but it doesn’t feel all that different from the in-movie acting and dialogue […] Still, The Whooper Returns has a brilliant concept and some good scares and thrills…” iHorror

“Not without some technical issues, as is typically the case for low-budget filmmaking, but nothing that can’t be overlooked, The Whooper Returns has a lot to say about horror, fandom and how the two interact and as such is well worth your time.” Nerdly

Cast and characters:

Rik Billock … Franky Schepp
Megan Bolton … Cathy Shingle
David Flick … Theo Schepp
Andrew Ashbrook Freed … Clint
Dylan Grunn … Frank Schepp Sr.
Nathan Hollabaugh … Peter Schepp
Owen Miller … Vincent Schepp
Caroline Nicolian … Teri Schepp
Julia Best Warner … Dorothy Schepp

Filming locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical details:

84 minutes

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