Double Date (3 stars)

Double Date

credit: Andrew Ogilvy Photography

Fun, battle-of-the-sexes comedy horror from debut director Benjamin Barfoot

Swedish psychedelic band Goat provide the pulsating score for Benjamin Barfoot's promising directorial debut, written by leading man Danny Morgan. Their brand of experimental funk, tribal beats, rock and chanting adds an exhilarating edge to the tomfoolery and bloodshed, as a couple of sisters embark on a quest to kill a virgin for an occult ritual.

Jim (Morgan) is about to turn 30 and desperately wants to lose his virginity. While on a night out with his best mate Alex (Michael Socha) he bumps into the alluring Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome), who agree to head to East London with him. His awkward chat-up lines aren't a turn-off for women with murder on their minds, and so an evening of debauchery, hilarity and ultimately carnage ensues.

Wenham turns in a great physical performance, kickboxing and eye-rolling with panache. She kills off men remorselessly, with as much relish as Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body or Katharine Isabelle in American Mary. Groome may play the less confident sister but the actress is assured as she swerves between sweet and deluded. The more established Socha (This Is England) plays a wise-cracking lad with his usual confidence, though he lacks the cheekiness to be an entirely endearing bastard. The friendship between the two men is well written though, and Morgan delivers some of the most hilarious moments of the film.

If the dialogue lacks some snap, the fight scenes are a heady display of fury and fun and Barfoot really gets into the action, whether he's filming revellers partying to Big Narstie or a lengthy, blood-spattered brawl between the sexes. His first film zips along; its momentum maintained even in the quieter sequences thanks to the commitment of its cast.

General release from Fri 13 Oct.

Double Date

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Benjamin Barfoot
  • Written by: Danny Morgan
  • Cast: Danny Morgan, Georgia Groome, Michael Socha, Kelly Wenham
  • UK release: 13 October 2017

Thirty-year-old Jim (Morgan) is desperate to lose his virginity, and while out with best mate Alex (Socha) he meets Kitty (Wenham) and Lulu (Groome)…who are on a quest to kill a virgin. Promising, exhilarating directorial debut from Barfoot, with heady fight scenes and great, committed performances from the four leads.