At the risk of sounding reductive, this hilarious horror-comedy is like a potent mixture of “Ghostbusters” and “The Frighteners.” Lead Chris Geere is perfectly cast as the sardonic, hustling lead performer on a “Ghost Hunters”-type show that’s facing cancelation, who reluctantly agrees to shoot an exploitative episode in a supposedly haunted house to spice things up and discovers there’s something genuinely strange going on. Like “Dead Snow” before it, “Deadtectives” works because the movie treats both horror and comedy respectfully, and manages to deliver a genuinely hilarious and occasionally frightening blast from beginning to end. The movie never runs out of steam and keeps things interesting even as it barrels forward with its intricate plot, and it’s impressively well-cast, with every performer delivering first-rate genre work. The movie’s unified strengths suggest that director-writer Tony West (making his feature film debut here) has plenty more to offer, and he’s worth staying on the radar of serious genre fan.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)