“Killer Book Club” (2023) | Movie on Netflix | Review: A movie that plays it safe by adhering to the fundamentals of the horror genre

Killer Book Club” is a 2023 Spanish horror movie directed by Carlos Alonso-Ojea, written by Carlos García Miranda, who also wrote the novel. It stars Veki G. Velilla, Iván Pellicer, Álvaro Mel, Priscilla Delgado, and Daniel Grao.

Do you remember a few years back when it became a worldwide trend to dress up as clowns and scare people? Well, building on this premise, “Killer Book Club” creates a classic horror film that is (almost) perfect for a Friday night.

With a touch of literary metafiction, reminiscent of “Scream,” the film intelligently plays its cards without deviating from the genre’s conventions. You can watch it on Netflix starting August 25, 2023.

Killer Book Club

Synopsis

A group of students in a book club decide to seek revenge on a professor who harassed one of them, Angela. The professor accidentally dies, and the students decide to hide the incident from the police. As things start to unravel, a terrifying novel mysteriously appears, seemingly rewriting the events that are actually happening.

Review of “Killer Book Club”

This film tackles the challenging task of reimagining the classics, taking literary elements and infusing them with an internet twist, a touch of modernity, and a sprinkle of Stephen King. It aims to rewrite previously told stories (like “It”) and ironically presents a classic movie about aspiring writers in a modern mystery and horror film, reminiscent of Hollywood.

However, it is important to note that it is not Hollywood, for better or worse.

“Killer Book Club” is a well-crafted university mystery slasher that draws upon the tradition of such stories. With a screenplay that plays with surprises, it doesn’t try to surprise us by rewriting a story that has been told before. The film constantly toys with this irony, pretending to be a slasher without actually becoming one.

It confesses to being deceptive in a genre known for its deception, and it is through this obvious deceit that we find enjoyment.

It is a good horror and mystery story about literary fiction that does not aim to break molds, nor go that bit further “beyond” Stanley Kubrick. Rather, it falls into a genre that is savored, enjoyed, and quickly forgotten, where all movies strive to be transgressive and end up resembling each other too much.

As far as the performances are concerned, all the actors are commendable, with special mention to Veki Velilla.

Does the resolution surprise us, and will the final impact of this literary puzzle stay with us?

Our Opinion

“Killer Book Club” skillfully plays with the irony of its plot in a self-aware, classic film that understands its strengths, weaknesses, and potential.

Achieving all its objectives, Carlos García Miranda does a more than worthy job in this good horror film that, at the same time, doesn’t take itself too seriously and embraces irony without pretentiousness.

Release Date

August 25, 2023

Where to Watch Killer Book Club

Netflix

Actors and actresses

Veki Velilla
Carlos Alcaide
Álvaro Mel
Hamza Zaidi

Priscilla Delgado
Iván Pellicer
María Cerezuela
Daniel Grao

Killer Book Club

Killer Book Club

Movie title: El club de los lectores criminales

Movie description: Eight horror-loving friends fight for their lives when a killer clown who seems to know the grim secret they share begins to pick them off, one by one.

Date published: August 23, 2023

Country: Spain

Director(s): Carlos Alonso

Writer(s): Carlos García Miranda

Cinematography: Pablo Díez

Music: Arnau Bataller

Actor(s): Veki Velilla, Álvaro Mel, Carlos Alcaide, Hamza Zaidi, Priscilla Delgado, Iván Pellicer, María Cerezuela, Daniel Grao

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Companies: Brutal Media, Netflix

Our Opinion

Achieving all its objectives, Carlos García Miranda does a more than worthy job in this good horror film that, at the same time, doesn’t take itself too seriously and embraces irony without pretentiousness.

Overall

3.2
Martin Cid
Martin Cid
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