January 11, 2021
Here we are again, in the series where the only thing discussed is horror movies. The movie I will be talking about is Spree, which was released in August of 2020. This movie was directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko and written by Gene McHugh as well as Kotlyarenko. It stars Stranger Things actor Joe Keery with appearances from others such as professional wrestler and actor David Arquette, Ariana Grande’s problematic brother, Frankie Grande, and popular Vine creator Josh Ovalle who created the famous “Jared, 19” video. This movie received mediocre ratings with a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.9/10 on IMDb. It grossed around $20.5k from the box office, and it also originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but then film distributor RLJE Films bought the rights to the film for around $2 million.
This is a found-footage style film about Kurt Kunkle, a man who is so desperate that he will do anything to become viral on social media. Anything. When he becomes a rideshare driver and plans to live stream the whole thing, his plans suddenly go south when well-known comedian Jessie Adams unknowingly makes a lasting impact on Kurt and becomes his final attempt to blow up on social media.
This movie received mixed reviews, with some saying they enjoyed it while others saying it tried too hard to be something it’s not. Viewers said it “explores our interactions with technology within the intriguing confines of the found-footage format,” coming from Rotten Tomatoes user Kat Hughs. Many agreed that Keery went above and beyond with his performance and commitment to the role, even going as far as posting on various social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram while in character as Kurt.
For people who enjoy slasher films with excessive and random violence, then I highly recommend this film. I thoroughly enjoyed the American Psycho essence that Keery brings to the film and the cultural commentary it was able to express while still being an enjoyable slasher film.