With spooky season fast approaching, leave it to the horror-loving minds over at Blumhouse to make the seemingly no-brainer choice of kickstarting the marketing for their high-profile horror movie just in time for Halloween. (As recent high-profile disappointments have shown, this isn’t as obvious as we would think.) Thankfully, “Totally Killer” sure seems to be channeling the spirit of the occasion … with an ’80s twist and plenty of “Back to the Future” references. (Yes, in case you were wondering, that “Mamacita” gag is 100% a riff on Marty McFly’s awkward run-in with his dad George.)
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “Always Be My Maybe”) from a script by David Matalon, Sasha Perl-Raver, and Jen D’Angelo, “Totally Killer” boasts an impressively stacked cast led by the breakout star of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Kiernan Shipka. She’s joined by Olivia Holt, Charlie Gillespie, Lochlyn Munro, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Stephi Chin-Salvo, Anna Diaz, Jeremy Monn-Djasgnar, Ella Choi, Kelcey Mawema, Liana Liberato, Nathaniel Appiah, and Jonathan Potts. Oh, and let’s give some love to two veteran actors who prove they fully understand the assignment in Julie Bowen, the overprotective mom of the story, and Randall Parks as a skeptical small-town cop.
Genre fans will be pleased to know “Totally Killer” is rated R for “bloody violence, language, sexual material, and teen drug/alcohol use.” Of course, we would’ve preferred to see a sure-to-be crowd-pleaser like this on the biggest screen possible. But viewers can expect the slasher-comedy to hit Prime Video streaming on October 6, 2023.