09th Sep2019

‘Double Date’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michael Socha, Georgia Groome, Danny Morgan, Kelly Wenham, Dougie Poynter | Written by Danny Morgan | Directed by Benjamin Barfoot

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Meet innocent Jim, terrified of girls and on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they’ve hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful sisters Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. They also have an incredible car. But little do they know that the feisty femmes fatales have their own shocking agenda in mind and have every intention of making Jim lose much more than just his virginity… Getting laid has never been so bloody difficult.

A British horror comedy, about a loudmouth wideboy trying to get his shy mate laid will, for many, not sound like an invitation for a good time. After all there’s been a myriad of so-called “British horror comedies” dealing with a heady mix of sex and horror in the past that have fallen waaay shy of the mark (Lesbian Vampire Killers anyone?). However Double Date is different. Very different. Thanks to a script, and some fantastic improvisation, that adds a much-needed emotional depth to the story; and a cast that make the most of what they’re given, really bringing the characters and situations to life in a very real, very funny, yet sweet, way.

But the big selling point for this film, besides the fantastic performances, is the action. For a horror movie, Double Date features one of the best knock-down, drag-out fights in modern cinema. And I’m including a myriad of action movies in that statement too… Michael Socha and Kelly Wenham put on one hell of a brutal fight, and one that is also surprisingly funny. Very funny. Yet disturbingly brutal. Michael Socha steals every scene he’s in, including this one, his banter tops off what is a stunning battle. And most surprising? Actress Kelly Wenham was trained specifically in kickboxing for this film – from how she performs here, you think she’d been doing it for years!

With a finale that really brings the true horror aspects of this story to light, Double Date is one of those rare beasts – a horror comedy that mixes both genres to perfection. And the fact that it’s British? Makes that even more astonishing!

***** 5/5

Double Date is out now on DVD and Blu-ray from Sparky Pictures.

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