Since its release in 2019 this film has gained something of a cult-following, not least because of the absurdity of the concept itself. Join me for this spoiler-free review, as I lose my sanity between the cushions…
I’d seen random clips from this one online but it was the lads over at the Fellaship Podcast (https://thefellashippodcast.podbean.com/) that put me onto Killer Sofa as a must-watch film. The lads are yet to steer me wrong when it comes to recommendations so I must admit i was excited to get this one underway.
“When a “Dybbuk-possessed” reclining chair becomes enchanted by a girl and starts committing crimes of passion, a couple of detectives find themselves fighting their own demons while trying to solve this strange case with the help of a disgraced Jewish rabbi and an eccentric Voodoo sorceress.” Written by Midnight Shepherd Productions
Killer Sofa is billed as a comedy / fantasy / horror, and at least part of that is true. The film is under absolutely no illusion as to what it is but the audience needs to be told. It toes a thin line of “camping it up” but manages to stay true to itself throughout the runtime. Killer Sofa is at least consistent.
The wonderful and distinct Kiwi sense of humor is in full effect but unfortunately misses the mark.
I’m not gonna be that guy who points out that it’s a recliner and not a sofa…
The novelty factor of this film is a huge selling point but outside of that there’s not a lot to get excited about. The shots of the sofa menacingly watching from a window or balcony is what carries the film. Beautiful idea, but maybe doesn’t have the legs to carry it for 1 hour 20 mins.
Rick Sahar’s performance as the Rabbi destroys each of his scenes, taking you out of the film and back to reality where sofas don’t actually commit homicide. Despite this and the film itself there are some great performances. You can actually see around half of the cast spinning gold from shit. The other half? Well they needed places filled….
This film is awful. Not even awful in a so-bad-it’s-good entertaining way. It just doesn’t have a chair leg to stand on.
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