‘Paint the town red’
Double Date is a 2017 British comedy horror film directed by Benjamin Barfoot from a screenplay by Danny Morgan, who also stars along with Georgia Groome (The Cottage), Michael Socha and Kelly Wenham.
Innocent Jim (Danny Morgan) is terrified of girls, yet still on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns thirty. He and his cocky friend Alex (Michael Socha) think they’ve hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome), who seem up for anything on a wild party-fueled night.
However, little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity and secretly have another darker agenda for Jim’s birthday – virgin sacrifice…
“Taking place in a skewed world of silliness and slaughter, Double Date doesn’t have an overtly offbeat setting a la Shaun of the Dead or something similar. Nevertheless, its sense of humor is always evident, just not with any urgency to be blusteringly boisterous. Putting it another way, Double Date is consistently comical without being cartoonish, which goes a long way toward helping its horror hit.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“The jokes don’t all work, but the structure is solid and the performances really sell the characters […] The third act is more conventional horror stuff, with echoes of The Wicker Man and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – but Barfoot manages a segue from shaggy dog story into gruesome nightmare very well.” The Kim Newman Web Site
“By dropping the bombshell right from the cold open, Barfoot and Morgan can find their tone (far more jokey than scary) and stick to it, but it does make for a one-note viewing experience. There are some good gags (particularly courtesy of Socha), but it is often obvious, broad humour, as opposed to anything particularly cineliterate or genre-savvy.” Benedict Seal, Bloody Disgusting
“One of the funniest films at this year’s FrightFest, Barefoot and Morgan are a duo to look out for in the future as Double Date combines the perils of modern day dating and adds in a love interest whose interests include Satan worshiping, black magic and murdering men with her sibling in her spare time creating a hilarious horror comedy that will have you entertained from start to finish for sure.” Love Horror
“A gem of a debut feature, Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date is, quite frankly, one of the best British horror/comedy flicks since Shaun of the Dead. Broad humour meets situational comedy, populated with likeable characters and a streak of bloody crimson. Writer Danny Morgan is superb as the anxiety-ridden Jim, but it’s Socha who steals the show as party-boy Alex – an overly self-assured idiot with a hidden heart of gold.” Gareth Jones, Dread Central