Miranda Veil (USA, 2020)

An aspiring serial killer gets more than what he bargains for in this dark comedy with an edge from director Levin Garbisch.

Soren is a man who bored with his life decides to make it exciting by becoming a serial killer. He hears a voice inside his head that triggers him to find the first person he can find to begin his killing spree. He finds his first victim in Miranda Veil, a young woman who is trying to enjoy life with her boyfriend despite her parents’ reluctance to let her go. When Soren kidnaps Miranda, he has every intention to end her life.

Both Soren and Miranda soon discover something very shocking. Miranda has somehow found herself unable to take any pain let alone be able to die. This comes as a complete shock to Soren, who now feels he can’t do what he wanted to. Meanwhile, Miranda finds herself coping with her new ability. The two decide to take a road trip together that could change their lives forever.

Writer-director Levin Garbisch comes up with something fresh and new when it comes to the dark comedy genre. What if a serial killer, or in this case, a wannabe serial killer gets the shock of a lifetime when his victim can’t die? That’s the concept here and it works quite interestingly. Especially because the victim, the titular Miranda Veil, discovers the new ability at the same time as our wannabe killer Soren.

Zach Steffey is hilarious as the wannabe killer Soren. In a move similar to Tom Hardy in Venom, Steffey also provides the voice of his inner conscience. The beginning shows a bit of a precursor to the twist in the story involving the titular character and Soren as he wrestles with himself as he doesn’t know what to do. Annabel Barrett is great in the titular role, a woman who discovers she has both the ability to not be able to die and heal at a rapid rate. This is evident when in a very shocking scene Miranda is in a hotel bathroom where she cuts her own arm off and learns it reattaches itself to her shock.

The film soon changes the relationship between Soren and Miranda as they go from potential killer and victim to friends as they embark on a road trip. This is where the film gets extremely weird because one would think this would be a torturous horror film but instead it becomes an insane dark comedy where Soren and Miranda meet some weird characters during their trip. They include a man dressed in a rabbit suit along with human characters named after animals. Nevertheless, this is a wild ride of a film and kudos also got out to Kelton Jones and Vida Ghaffari making the most of their screen time as Miranda’s sometimes overbearing parents.

Miranda Veil goes from a possible horror film to a wild dark comedy and yet the story is novel and fresh. Thanks to the chemistry of the two leads, this is quite a ride and I’d enjoy it again.

WFG RATING: B-

Indican Pictures presents a Planet Froth film. Director: Levin Garbisch. Producers: Maggie Brown and Jordan Henderson. Writer: Levin Garbisch. Cinematography: Josh Andersen. Editing: Adam Lutge.

Cast: Zach Steffey, Annabel Barrett, Esmond Fountain, Dean Satriano, Irena Violette, Vida Ghaffari, Kelton Jones, Olivia Blue.

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