Double Date is a stylish horror comedy by Benjamin Barfoot, who directs, and Danny Morgan, who writes and stars. We watched it on Amazon Prime and think it’s a cracker.
Double Date was a big surprise for me. I knew I had to watch it because of the good word of mouth, and because it’s rare to find an indie horror with nearly 6/10 on IMDb (not including amateur films, which often have a handful of scores from obvious well-wishers). Even so, I kept putting it off because I thought I wouldn’t like it.
I’m pleased to say I couldn’t have been more wrong. There’s no shortage of British horror comedies but this is surely one of the best. The film isn’t quite as polished or ambitious as a Shaun of the Dead, but it’s every bit as entertaining, with all the makings of a cult classic.
The story sees 30 year old Jim (Danny Morgan) being urged to lose his virginity by best friend and would-be wingman Alex (Michael Socha). They fall prey to a pair of murderous women: femme fatale Kitty (played by Kelly Wenham) and her reluctant sister Lulu (Georgia Groome). The sisters have a supernatural agenda, but the details are part of a slow reveal, so I’ll leave it at that.
I put off watching it because it sounded like the kind of laddish humour I rarely respond to, and the trailer (while far from bad) didn’t fill me with hope in that regard. However, Double Date is the kind of film that gets better and better before your eyes and I quickly fell in love with it. It’s deeper, funnier, and a lot more touching than the trailer or summary suggest.
Let’s talk about the characters. Jim and Lulu’s “meet-cute” is coloured by the fact that, if she doesn’t kill him, her sister will go ballistic. Even before we meet Jim and Alex, we know the sisters are on a killing spree and see the difference between them. It becomes more pronounced as the story unfolds, providing much of the dramatic interest.
In terms of the boys, Jim is incredibly likeable, and Alex—who could’ve been written like Jay from Inbetweeners—becomes more layered as the story progresses, which is largely thanks to a well-judged appearance by Dexter Fletcher. Defying my own expectations, Jim gets the funniest moments of the film, while Alex has one of the most touching.
The story sounds flimsy on paper but is actually great. The plot gets you invested in the characters before turning the screw, leading to an effective final act with some unexpected treats for horror fans. A special mention goes to an extended fight scene between two of the characters, although I won’t say which to avoid spoilers (you’ll know it when you see it though).
In short, I recommend Double Date very highly. If you’re looking for a funny film with a lot of heart and a little black magic, you’ve absolutely come to the right place. Let us know if you agree!
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My name is Ellis. When I’m not reviewing movies, I write short stories about ghosts. If you like supernatural stalkers, you might enjoy Shallow Man, which is free to read online.
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