The relationship between horror production shingle Blumhouse and Prime Video seems like a big win-win for everyone. Prime Video gets content, Blumhouse gets paid, and the company, run by the canny Jason Blum, uses this deal wisely, often using it as an intelligent way to give voice to BIPOC and female filmmakers.
They’ve already done their “Welcome To the Blumhouse” series, which did precisely that—horror movies told by many people of color and female writers/directors—and the trend seems to continue with their latest film, the slasher comedy, “Totally Killer.”
Starring “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka, “Totally Killer” centers on an infamous “Sweet Sixteen Killer” who returns 35 years after his first murder spree to claim another victim. In an amusing twist on the genre, 17-year-old Jamie (Shipka) accidentally travels back in time to 1987, determined to stop the killer before he can start.
The film is directed by Nahnatchka Khan, the filmmaker behind “Always Be My Maybe” and episodes of “Fresh Off The Boat” and Young Rock.”
Written by David Matalon, Sasha Perl-Raver, and Jen D’Angelo, the film is produced by Jason Blum (naturally), Adam Hendricks, p.g.a., and Greg Gilreath, p.g.a.
On top of Shipka, “Totally Killer” stars an eclectic cast of Olivia Holt, Charlie Gillespie, Lochlyn Munro, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Liana Liberato, Kelcey Mawema, Stephi Chin-Salvo, Anna Diaz, Ella Choi, Jeremy Monn-Djasgnar, Nathaniel Appiah and Jonathan Potts with the additions of Randall Park and Julie Bowen for star-power good measure.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Thirty-five years after the shocking murder of three teens, the infamous “Sweet Sixteen Killer “returns on Halloween night to claim a fourth victim. Seventeen-year-old Jamie (Kiernan Shipka) ignores her overprotective mom’s (Julie Bowen) warning and comes face-to-face with the masked maniac and, on the run for her life, accidentally time travels back to 1987, the year of the original killings. Forced to navigate the unfamiliar and outrageous culture of the 1980s, Jamie teams up with her teen mom (Olivia Holt) to take down the killer once and for all before she’s stuck in the past forever.
“Totally Killer” will premiere globally on October 6, exclusively on Prime Video. Watch the first trailer below.