Wednesday, August 1, 2012

PLAY DEAD (2012) review


Play Dead (2012) (1st viewing) d. Rupe, Shade / Teller (USA)

Originating as an off-Broadway production, this superb interactive theatrical mélange of murderous tales and ghoulish sleight of hand keeps audiences giggling even as the hairs rise on the backs of their necks. Todd Robbins is our master of ceremonies in this recorded concert-film version of the show, oozing malevolent charm as he guides us through a half dozen tales of serial killers and macabre practitioners, pulling the occasional unwitting individual from the crowd to assist him. Co-written and directed by Teller (of Penn and Teller), then captured on film by Shade Rupe, this is a fun night of fright.

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