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!”
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.