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A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021: Horror Movies D

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter D
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DeadTectives

Year: 2018
Runtime: 1h 32m
Rated: Not Rated

Director: Tony West

Writers: Tony West, David Clayton Rogers, Mark Riley, Cris Rice

Stars: Chris Geere, Tina Ivlev, David Newman

“It’s working. Like, for real working!”

“Bullshit.”

“Bull-true!”

Initial: I’m up for a parody of ghost hunter shows.

What Did I Think:
DeadTectives is slick-looking and thankfully not found footage. This isn’t a movie about a ghost hunting team that encounters real ghost, but about a ghost hunting TV show that encounters real ghosts. That’s a nice differentiator over something like Hollows Grove or Grave Encounters.

It is not a subtle movie; character development set up in Act I is paid off in Act III in pretty much the ways you’d expect, including one instance of my favorite trope: my friend is now undead, but still my friend. The plot is pretty basic and a tiny bit confused; not really any better writing than you’d find in an average TV show. DeadTectives is occasionally funny, but unfortunately pretty cringy as well. There is a level of cultural insensitivity that made me uncomfortable. I guess I’d feel better about it if I knew the Latino cast members had some input.

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