Today we’re talking about the 2023 film Totally Killer.
A fascinating homage to both time travel and slasher movies. The story is well thought-out and avoids a lot of over explanation of time travel.
The characters are an interesting mish-mash of tropes. The 1987 group seem cartoony at first, but then remind me heavily of the way people behaved in my high school years (ten years later but still similar).
They managed to have a nice balance between the façade of the character and who they really are, using the quiet moments after the murders for character depth.
The dialogue is peppered with science fiction references and digs at the innocence of the eighties. The complete insensitivity of 1980s vs the much more progressive ideas of the 2020’s.
There’s also a few really funny lines.
Visuals and Music
The visuals were not as stylised as I feel they should have been, but the sets, costumes, and makeup were perfect.
I would have liked more music from the time period and the score was little bland.
The movie is a lot of fun and fits great with both time travel and slasher films. It’s not scary but I still wouldn’t watch it with the kids. It’s first and foremost a dark comedy and works great in that sense.
A dark comedy with time travel, generational humour, and lots of 80’s nostalgia. It’s fun, funny, and a great mash up of the two genres.
Final Score: 4.5 Stars out of 5