“Totally Killer” is a cinematic rollercoaster that skillfully blends the nostalgia of ’80s classics like “Heathers” and “Back to the Future” with the thrilling intensity of a “Scream”-style slasher film. If you’re a fan of any of these genres, this movie is an absolute must-see.
35 years after the shocking murder of three teens, the infamous “Sweet Sixteen Killer“ returns on Halloween night to claim a fourth victim. 17-year-old Jamie (Kiernan Shipka) ignores her overprotective mom’s (Julie Bowen) warning and comes face to face with the masked maniac and on the run for her life, accidentally time travels back to 1987, the year of the original killings. Forced to navigate the unfamiliar and outrageous culture of the 1980s, Jamie teams up with her teen mom (Olivia Holt) to take down the killer once and for all before she’s stuck in the past forever.
One of the standout features of “Totally Killer” is its ability to seamlessly transport viewers back to the ’80s, not just in terms of fashion and music, but also in capturing the essence of the era. The references and nods to pop culture of the time are cleverly integrated, meshed with a modern culture aghast at how the era was, bringing up more than one or two laugh out loud moments, making it a delightful experience for anyone who grew up in that era or has a fondness for it.
The film’s narrative is a brilliant concoction of suspense, dark humor, and unexpected twists that keeps you guessing until the very end. Just when you think you have it all figured out, “Totally Killer” throws you in one final turn, leaving you on the edge of your seat. Although at times it borders real Scooby Doo territory when it comes to the reveal.
The cast delivers standout performances, Kiernan Shipka and Olivia Holt in particular their chemistry adds depth to the characters. The writing is sharp and witty, providing moments of humor amidst the tension. The director Nahnatchka Khan, masterfully crafts a visually striking film with a nod to ’80s aesthetics, and the soundtrack perfectly complements the overall atmosphere.
While “Totally Killer” may not reinvent the wheel in terms of its genre, it successfully pays homage to its inspirations while delivering a fresh story. It’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane for fans of ’80s cinema, and a thrilling ride for lovers of suspenseful, slasher-style films.
Totally Killer” is a fun, entertaining, and stylish film that successfully blends elements from iconic ’80s classics like “Heathers” and “Back to the Future” with the suspenseful thrills of “Scream.” It’s a must-watch for fans of these genres, and it’ll keep you hooked from start to finish. or simply put, Peggy Sue Got Murdered.
Totally Killer is now availble to watch on PRIME Video HERE