When a movie sports a cast that includes Ray Wise (Reaper), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), Jeffrey Combs (Reanimator) and John Waters (you know, that director guy) – it’s not an easy one for me to say no too.
Despite its script and special effects flaws, I’m sure glad I didn’t pass up Suburban Gothic. Matthew Gray Gubler plays Raymond, a guy who manages to escape his little slice of small town hell when he goes to college, ultimately to be forced to return home when he can’t find a job. All is almost back to normal until he starts seeing things he hasn’t seen since he was a child.
Dead things. Raymond has the ability to communicate with the dead, much to the spite of his super macho father Donald (Ray Wise). But with the help of a jaded bartender Becca (Kat Dennings) and a gallery of amusing side characters he manages to not only focus his abilities but also his life. Through a series of plot twists bundled up in fun, albeit dark humor, Suburban Gothic is a wildly unique spin on horror comedy, taking itself just a seriously as it needs to.
At times, Matthew Gray Gubler’s performance is beyond hysterical. His character’s writing is great, and combines an entertaining blend of wit and sarcasm. Ray Wise, per usual, never disappoints. As for the rest of the cast, despite their short screen time, they play their parts incredibly well. All that being said, there are several haunting involved moments that seem to drag on forever, that seems to unnecessarily slow Suburban Gothic‘s plot down. While the actors are fantastic, it is obvious that most of the budget in this film was spent on casting versus special effects. They’re bad. Really bad.
That being said, if you look past the CGI you get a comedic horror film that’s a fun ride, even though you’re not sure where the hell it’s going.