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– by Stephon White

Once every now and then a film comes along that truly adheres to the title. Some films do that well and others are vague. For instance, when you read the title The Human Centipede, what do you imagine? Or what about Killer Clowns From Outer Space? You get what I am getting at here, right? It is with pleasure I tell you why you should watch Killer Sofa, a film that tells you all the story you need in the title.

A title like that made my inner horror geek salivate. The film could involve any variety of characters but one thing we’re promised from the jump is there’s a killer sofa. With a title like Killer Sofa there better be some sofa kills. Now, I am pleased to say several people are dispatched by the sofa. We’re met with gore up-front in this one. The setup is simple. There’s some furniture being moved out of the home of an occultist who is believed to be dead. Among the furniture is one really possessed sofa. The sofa has many functions including a demonic chant, legs, and murder. At some point the sofa finds itself in the living room of a young woman. Shortly thereafter all manner of spookiness and mischief emanate from this sofa.

Killer Sofa embraces the inherent campiness, but thankfully the cheese here is just right. If you’re the type of deviant who can get down with a sofa killing people, then you need to watch Killer Sofa. The acting is solid for a B-movie. It’s also a New Zealand-produced film so there are many accents throughout. Still this film feels very American. The plot, hell the title alone is ripe for classic B movie fare. Killer Sofa feels right at home among other genre examples like The Stuff and Slither.

If a sofa were a conventional costume I could wear and still fit behind the driver’s wheel this Halloween, I’d be draped in cheap upholstery. It will have you searching for a Rabbi to bless over any piece of furniture prone to steal pocket change. Speaking of Rabbis, there is one in Killer Sofa. He and his African American mystic partner must track down the possessed sofa as they are fully aware of the evil inhabiting the furniture. They believe they have a means to defeat the Killer Sofa using something called a dybbuk box. They busy themselves for most of the plot chasing down leads as to what living room the sofa is now haunting. Meanwhile two local policemen are investigating a string of mysterious cases. They follow a trail of macabre disappearances all tied to a living distant ancestor who was bride to the evil occultist when he walked the earth in human and not furniture form. It took a while to get deeper into the plot, but that does not matter one bit. Because any movie with a Killer Sofa sounds too good to pass up. Thankfully, the film making team behind Killer Sofa deliver a solid fun horror film.

I don’t think I have any gripes with this film. The camerawork is competent and features many hallmark horror shots. There’s nothing too fancy about it, but it does not feel lackluster. In fact, here’s hoping we get a sequel, and maybe this time an evil family of spirits gets trapped into the dinning set and randomly delivered to a waiting family in time for Sunday dinner. I haven’t seen a horror B movie this entertaining in a while.

FINAL GRADE: A

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