WTF! is a bloody mess, but it’s very much supposed to be. As a campy horror movie, it pushes the limit but also goes astray a few times.
WTF! is very honest about its style from the opening scene. A naked woman covered in blood comes running out of a house yelling “WTF!”. And there you have the title of the movie and the tone.
Even though the movie is officially labeled as a “horror” movie, this is very much a campy horror comedy. However, the bloody slasher theme makes sure you know this is definitely horror first, comedy second.
And no one is safe from ridicule. As the soon-to-be college graduates embark on their final Spring Break, the boys are sexist stoners. However – and this is important – the girls never let them get away with it.
It’s very much a part of the group dynamic that the boys try to overtly hit on the girls, and the girls shooting them down. In reality, they just want to get high and play video games.
I mean, honestly, how else would you explain that a guy picks “Here!” when asked by a girl whether he wants to make out with her in the bedroom or here [in front of their friends].
Obviously, it’s more about impressing the other guys than it’s an actual desire to hook up with the female friends.
WTF! will leave you saying just that
You have to be in the mood for a movie like WTF! since it’s kitsch and camp from start to finish.
There are all the stereotypical characters and they do all the stereotypical things you would expect. But it does work if you’re in the frame of mind to just have fun with it. Basically, every single character is a jerk or an idiot.
And yes, this most definitely goes for the girls as well. They’re portrayed as rich, white, and bored girls, who have no intention of getting jobs after college. Mostly because they don’t want to and have enough dirt on daddy to keep him paying for everything.
Even the murders are pure camp
WTF! isn’t about amazing effects and a deep story. It’s about having fun watching stereotypical characters doing all the dumb sh*t, you’d expect from them.
As with any good slasher, you pretty much let out a little laugh during most of the murder scenes. It’s obviously some sort of revenge thing or a crazy killer on the loose.
Personally, I guessed the twist from the beginning, but that’s just what happens when you watch as many horror movies and thrillers as I do.
Also, I guess a million times during any movie with some mystery, but for once, my very first stab (pun intended) at the killer was spot on.
You will probably enjoy this or hate it
WTF! should hit the mark perfectly for some horror fans while others will absolutely hate it. I found it entertaining and can recommend it to anyone, who wants entertainment and some craziness.
Will I watch it again? Not likely. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t entertained for a good 80 minutes.
This is the feature film debut of director Peter Herro, and I think he’s showing awesome potential for our genre. This was also his debut as a feature film screenwriter along with Adam Buchalter and Christopher Lawrence Centanni. It was also the debut of the two latter, so it’s a completely “fresh” team that I hope to see more from.
WTF! is out on VOD (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) from August 1, 2017.
Director: Peter Herro
Writer: Adam Buchalter, Peter Herro, Christopher Lawrence Centanni
Cast: Callie Ott, Nicholas James Reilly, Andrea Hunt, Benjamin Norris, Sarah Agor, Adam Foster, Johnny James Fiore
Three years ago, Rachel barely survived a brutal massacre that left her friends murdered. Rachel manages to move on, but now her new friends from college invite her to a secluded house in the woods for Spring Break. Had she know that another bloodbath would be showing up as plus one, she would never have accepted the invitation!