Film Review: Killer Sofa

Review By Frances Winston

Directed by: Bernie Rao –  Starring: Piimio Mei, Jim Baltaxe, Jed Brophy, Stacey King, Stacey King, James Cain, Jordan Rivers

Available on Amazon Prime

You’ve read the title of this movie so if you have any semblance of sanity (even in lockdown) I’m assuming you have already realised that it is obviously totally and utterly bonkers. Also, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but in the name of review and all that (brace yourselves) the sofa of the title is actually a recliner (God I can’t believe I’m talking about furniture as a sentient being!) Anyhow, yes, this is a ‘so bad on so many levels’ movie.

But yet it’s perfect for lockdown. When you’ve watched far too many polished offerings from various streaming sites, something like this makes you realise that sometimes you need a film that’s so bad it’s good.

Every film you ever see called a cult classic started out this way (indeed The Room even became the subject of its own big budget Hollywood movie, starring James Franco) and it’s almost like we’ve forgotten the art of the dreadful but hilarious flick.

Before the digital age, this would have been one of the movies buried in the straight to video section, at the back of the video store. Back in the 50s, it would have struggled to make B movie status. As I have already said it is sooooooo bad! But also the funniest film you will see this year.

The plot – well, spoiler alert! there’s a killer recliner (not sofa). After being delivered to a girl called Francesca (Mei) it goes on a killing spree to have her to itself.

But obviously the police (Inspectors Grape and Gravy – I kid you not) start investigating these murders. And of course, they have their own personal issues. Honestly. This is beyond cliché addled.

The recliner actually manages to get itself out of an apartment, and stalk her love-interest at one point. A scene where the recliner actually attacks someone, and throws someone over the balcony of an apartment building, is possibly one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen committed to film. And don’t even get me started on the time it sits on the roof watching the object of its affections from afar.

Sorry I don’t mean to spoil it for you. But yes, this is simply ridiculous. It’s also so brilliantly bad that it’s fantastic. I can honestly say that there’s not one single good performance – it’s like a dreadful student film, where the filmmaker roped in their mates instead of actors – but they are all incredibly earnest.

The effects are truly desperate, but add to the overall madness. And the script is so diabolical, if you just listen to it instead of watching you’d think it was shot in a bad comedy club. Ludicrous doesn’t even begin to describe it. Honestly from a technical, critical point of view I can’t find any redeeming features here. All of which makes for possibly the funniest 80 minutes you will enjoy this year.

As bizarre as it may sound (and I fully expected to turn this off after five minutes) this was just bad enough to keep you watching. You will find yourself wanting to see just how low they can go (hint – pretty low!). I actually can’t remember laughing this hard at a movie in ages. Especially one that isn’t supposed to be a comedy. That’s the thing – movies don’t have to be masterpieces. They just have to be entertaining – even if it’s unintentional.

Would I have liked this as much if we weren’t in lockdown? I think it would still have its merits. For a movie that has nothing going for it at all (literally nothing!) it entertains hugely, and at the end of the day that’s the goal.

Yes, it is complete and utter rubbish, but if this doesn’t sweep the Razzies next year, there is no justice!

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