Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2019 and came up with ranked lists. Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
Just doesn't work...
Scream and Scream 2, 1996 and 1997 respectively, bitch slapped this film into Oblivion, and every other slasher that came out around that time for that matter. From then on, filmmakers could no longer be lazy. Films with hooks this lame would never get greenlit, at least not for a few years. Thirty minutes in, I still couldn’t figure out what Office Killer was about.
I just didn’t give a damn about the characters. You get a lot of hamming from almost all performers, perhaps to compensate for how bland the film looks. From the dull production design to the sluggish lighting, there’s something off about the ambiance. From what I could tell, around halfway in, this was a sitcom with accidental deaths in it. And, for a comedy, it’s really not that funny.
Every time I screamed “Eureka!”; every aha moment I had, led to yet another ten minutes of dialogue. I just didn’t get this film. It rubbed me the wrong way. The quality was there, the actors were good, but this story went nowhere. Its ultimate demise was to glorify strangeness over clarity. And, by the way, a film like this one shouldn’t need four writers.