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Review: Stupid Games. Stupid people and hilarious outcome

  • Release year: 2024
  • Directors: Nicolas Wendl and Dani Abraham.
  • Producers: Dani Abraham, Tanner Adams, Joseph T. Kramer and Nicolas Wendl.
  • Screenplay by: Tanner Adams.
  • Cinematography by: Christian Klein.
  • Music by: Darren Wonnacott.

Synopsis: a guy gets invited for games night to a house with three girls, the only condition is he must bring along two friends.

Shotgun Commentary: a fun watch featuring incredibly dumb characters.

Still from Stupid Games (Nicolas Wendl and Dani abraham, 2024).

Review

Stupid Games is a horror comedy that parodies the Ouija/cursed game subgenre. In it, a group of stereotypical young people get together for game night under the weakest justification ever: just because. Most of them don’t even know each other. Three women host the event, and three men are invited. The whole situation sounds sus from the very beginning, but the men’s stupidly high hopes of getting laid will make them brave and wilfully ignorant enough to walk right into a trap with big smiles on their faces.

Amusing and mysterious

From the very beginning, it is clear that something is up with the three girls. Strong vibes of witchery plague the whole narrative in behaviour and conversation. However, that is not the strength of the film. The real attraction lays in discovering their real intent and, not gonna lie, laugh a lot at all of them in the meantime.

Essentially, the film could be used as a case study on how much a man is willing to overlook if he thinks he’s getting lucky. The answer provided by Stupid Games, a ridiculous amount. After visions of bleeding through their eyes, ghost hands touching them, things moving on their own, and a whole lot of other crazy, they are still willing to pretend that everything is normal as long as the possibility of sex is on the table. The more they believe, or willingly ignore, the funnier it is for the spectator.

Still from Stupid Games (Nicolas Wendl and Dani abraham, 2024).

Technical skills

The humorous extreme of their behaviour is perfectly paired with well-timed and well-placed jump scares. While the editing plays with traditional jump scares set-ups such as washing one’s face in front of a mirror, they choose to follow more non-traditional moments to spook you out. Even the more predictable appearances of the evil entity that is roaming around are, at the very least, stressful to watch.

The cinematography is also pretty interesting from an analytical point of view. It is pretty standard in the sense that it follows the narrative without really adding much to it. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem like there was much budget for equipment, yet it delivers pretty crisp images despite the low light. Props to the cinematographer for that one. Most of the action is easy to follow thanks to their work, a feat that not all horror movies can brag about, even with big budgets.

The beauty of a cliché

The characters are, no doubt, the highlight of the feature. They could not be more clichéd if they tried, and it’s a riot. On the one hand, we have the female trio of brainless, promiscuous blond; sassy, but actually rude and bossy leader; and the “ugly” but smart one. On the other hand, there’s the trio of guys, which of course feature the idiotic jock, the guy who pretends to be nice until things don’t go his way, and again the “ugly” but smart one.

Still from Stupid Games (Nicolas Wendl and Dani abraham, 2024).

This reunion of horror story clichés seems like the worst idea until you realise the point of the film. Once you’re in on the joke, they are key to creating the atmosphere of absurdity that will entertain you all throughout the film. A vibe that reaches its peak with the hilariously karmic ending it delivers.

All in all, Stupid Games is a fun feature with a full-circle kinda feeling. Although some of the performances are a bit extra, the mood of the movie hides most of the histrionic flare, almost complementing it. Essentially, it’s the perfect film for movie nights with friends.

Advice to take from this movie:

  • Just because someone claims that the lights have gone off, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check. Especially if their story makes no sense whatsoever.
  • If you are about to do a ritual to commune with dark forces, check that all the candles are lit, a continuity issue won’t always be there to save you.
  • Acting like you “read” women is one of the cringiest thing a boy can do. Let me just save you some time and tell you that you will 100% always be wrong.
Still from Stupid Games (Nicolas Wendl and Dani abraham, 2024).

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