There is more than one way to pay homage to campy entertainment. Quintessential examples of classic camp include the cheesy 60’s Batman series, Barbarella, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and pretty much every John Waters film. For nearly 20 years, indie filmmakers such as Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra) and Anna Biller (The Love Witch) have been revisiting various avenues of vintage camp imagery and storytelling, through a respectable post-modernist lens. Deep Murder, which experienced a limited theatrical release last month (and can be streamed through Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Vudu), is the latest entry into this arena.
Basically, Deep Murder is a satirical hybrid of a whodunnit murder mystery, a slasher film, and a vintage porno [without the sex]. In order for us to proceed, a mini-lesson about vintage porno may be in order [for kids]. Ya see, long before the age of internet pornography — wherein anyone with a computer or smart device had the ability to perform keyword searches to instantly view humans engaged in acts of procreation (and all variations / deviations thereof) — there existed a thriving industry of feature length, X-rated films. The title of one of the [if not the] most commercially successful of these films is Deep Throat (of which the title Deep Murder is a spin). Naturally, the main purpose of these films was to showcase sexual acts; however, in these films, the sex was presented through some semblance of storytelling. Thus, various porno tropes were born. These scenarios included: lonely housewives seducing the plummer, repairman, pizza delivery boy, etc.; the tutor / teacher seducing their student; brief nurse / patient relationships with happy endings; etc. Many of these scenarios were frequently piled on top of one another [no pun intended] and shot within a single filming location, like a mansion; thus, production expenses could be kept down. Deep Murder assimilates these scenarios, as well as the cornball scripting and acting styles of a typical vintage porno film, into an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, with horror film tropes and gratuitously gory murder scenes thrown in, as well.