“Deep Murder” Mixes Comedy And Horror With Soft Core Porn


Many filmmakers, even including Kevin Smith on a recent podcast, have spoken of how the tools used to make someone laugh are similar to those used to scare. So, it makes perfect sense how well comedy and horror go together. Especially with a novel concept, horror comedies can be a lot of fun. In the case of this week’s newest effort of this ilk, Deep Murder certainly has a terrific hook. Far more funny than it is anything particularly scary, it’s the sort of film that has a ton of fun with its silly concept. High art, this is not, but it’s more than funny enough to recommend.

The movie takes place within a soft core porn video. Literally. It opens with an old fashioned VHS beginning and everything. At first, characters like Babs (Katie Aselton), Doug (Jerry O’Connell), Hugh (Quinn Beswick), Jace (Chris Redd), and of course, Babysitter (Jessica Parker Kennedy) are just spouting bad dialogue and finding excuses to have sex. There’s even the arrival of Dr. Bunny (Stephanie Drake), Science Doctor. Then, Doug is murdered. Slowly, the characters snap slightly out of their sex crazed mindset, though not fully. Throw in a bumbling detective in Cross (Josh Margolin) trying to solve the case, and it’s a recipe for comedy, as they all avoid becoming the next victim of the slasher. Nick Corirossi directs a script that Beswick and Margolin (also the editor here) co-wrote with Benjamin Smolen and Nikolai Von Keller. Cinematography is by Daniella Nowitz, while Zachary Dawes and Nick Sena composed the score. Christopher McDonald rounds out the cast.

Much of the comedy comes from the ridiculousness of porno characters struggling to break out of their predetermined roles. It works better than you might think. Less a Scary Movie type parody than a satire of pornography, mixed with the requisite slasher elements to make this a horror comedy. Director Nick Corirossi really leans in to making this look like a video someone could have found under a friend’s bed or the like. It’s cheesy looking and sounding in all the right ways. Moreover, the screenplay, credited to Quinn Beswick, Josh Margolin, Benjamin Smolen, and Nikolai Von Keller, is occasionally very clever. It’s always funny, though more often than not, it’s aiming at low hanging fruit.

Deep Murder arguably runs out of steam before the end of the third act, but that first act is fairly hilarious. The second act is more a parody of Clue and murder mysteries than the rest, but the odd mix does continue to work. Corirossi lets things get just out of control enough to be manic, yet not sloppy. There are moments of comic brilliance here, though not a whole lot in the way of effective fright moments. That doesn’t seem to be the goal, though. The focus here is almost entirely on making fun of soft core porn and making you laugh.

As of yesterday, Deep Murder is now out in theaters, as well as available to watch at home On Demand. If the thought of a murder mystery attempting to be solved by stock porn characters sounds appealing to you, this should really do the trick. I had plenty of fun with it, much more than I expected, frankly. It’s dumb fun, though with enough moments that rise above it to make it more than simply a guilty pleasure. Everyone involved seems to be having a good time, and it rubs off on you (no pun intended, considering the subject matter). Consider this one to be a pleasant surprise…


Be sure to check out Deep Murder, in theaters and On Demand now!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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