TADFF18: You Might Be the Killer

A man desperately calls his horror-loving friend when a serial killer runs loose at a summer camp in You Might Be the Killer. Covered in blood after the deaths of an uncountable number of camp counselors, Sam (Fran Kranz) desperately calls his friend Chuck (Alyson Hannigan) for help on the situation. The two break down the events of what happened at the summer camp and as more information comes to light, Chuck begins to ask Sam if he’s sure that he’s not himself the killer.

You Might Be the Killer is a meta slasher film from writer/director Brett Simmons, reported inspired by a Twitter conversation that happened in 2017. The film stars Joss Whedon alumni Fran Kanz (The Cabin in the Woods) and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who try to get to the bottom of a serial killer terrorizing this summer camp. Featuring a Memento-like non-chronological narrative, You Might Be the Killer is a film that allows us to discover new information about the events of this night, at the same time Sam and Chuck do.

I don’t want talk too specifically about the plot of You Might Be the Killer, since even the title can probably be considered a bit of a spoiler. However, I will say that this is a highly entertaining horror-comedy that plays around with the familiar slasher film tropes that Chuck is an expert of. A fun addition to the film is the use of a Dead Counselor Counter, to help the audience keep track of where in the narrative each scene is taking place. Filled with running gags and some incredibly gory kills, You Might Be the Killer is a horror-comedy that is sure to become a classic.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).