Friday, April 2, 2021

Killer Sofa (2019)

Streaming Services: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Tubi
Movie Name/Year: Killer Sofa (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Length: 81 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Production/Distribution: Mad Kiwi Films, Midnight Shepherd Productions, At Entertainment, High Octane Pictures, White Pearl Movies
Director: Bernie Rao
Writer: Bernie Rao
Actors: Jed Brophy, Jordan Rivers, Piimio Mei, Nathalie Morris, Harley Neville, James Cain, Trae Te Wiki, Hamish Boyle, Adrienne Kohler, Michael Fowler
Blurb from IMDb: A killer reclining chair becomes enchanted by a girl and starts committing crimes of passion.

Selina’s Point of View:
I have to be fair here. Killer Sofa did meet every single one of my expectations. The problem is, I didn’t think it would be all that good.
The acting was awful and the script was rough. Some of the music even made it feel like an 80s porn despite the lack of any kind of sexual action – which is difficult.
Worst of all, it was boring.
I could barely stay awake through the majority of it. In fact, I actively paused to take a nap at one point just in case I was just tired and not giving it a real chance.
I still had trouble staying awake after that.

If I had to say one good thing about it, I’d point out the ending.
Just in case you’re interested in viewing it, I won’t spoil anything, but I have to say they took it in an interesting direction. In a better film, that ending would have been something I poured praise onto. However, because it was backed by such lousy… everything else… I can’t get as excited about it as I could have.
Killer Sofa is not something I find worth watching. There are so many better ‘inanimate object’ flicks out there. In fact, we reviewed one last month that was phenomenal. If you really want a campy film about horror objects, one that won’t put you to sleep, hop on Shudder and go watch Slaxx (2021).

Cat’s Point of View:
When someone mentions a title like Killer Sofa, it tends to immediately call to mind movies like Attack of the Killer Donuts (2016) or Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978). While I’m not sure about the donut movie, the homicidal tomatoes were meant to lampoon monster movie tropes as one of the OG horror comedies. I was rather surprised to realize that Killer Sofa doesn’t really fall into that category.
Sure, it’s a movie about a deadly chair – how serious could it be?
Well… my answer is that I think it tried to be a ‘real horror movie’ rather than some sort of parody.  The next question that immediately springs to mind, of course, asks whether or not it succeeded. It’s hard to keep a straight face even thinking about the topic in general. How could it possibly be a legit horror film?
Killer Sofa actually delivers a real attempt at horror, with a sliver of comedy. I was not expecting as much substance as this film offered. It wasn’t an Oscar contender by any means, but I wouldn’t send it to the Razzies, either. It’s somewhere in the middle as a solid B-movie, though definitely closer to the razzing territory. 

Parts were a little awkward with the acting and whatnot, but it was tolerable. I found myself actually interested in what was going on. It was rather odd, really. I was fairly giggling at the silliness of it all, while at the same time really creeped out by this chair.
It’s clear that this indie project was working on a shoestring budget and a prayer to put this together – but they did a bang-up job on the production quality, all things considered. It’s hard to suspend disbelief regarding a murderous piece of furniture, to begin with. I’ve got to tip my proverbial hat to whoever’s idea it was to buy THAT chair. It has to be the best hundred-dollar purchase ever.
As horror movies go, this one is fairly light on the gore factor. Most of the carnage is off-screen – though, there are a couple of rather grisly scenes.
If you’re a fan of the horror genre and are looking for something to watch along those lines that isn’t super scary or heavy, this wouldn’t be a bad way to spend your time. I could probably watch it again and not be upset about it.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 3.6/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating1.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating3/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R
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