REVIEW - MAYHEM (2017)
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
MONEY, MURDER, MAYHEM, AND DAVE MATTHEWS
If watching Joe Lynch’s 2017 gore-filled horror film ‘Mayhem’ has taught me anything, it’s that itchy, red-eyed lawyers don’t necessarily have to have pink eye or a bad cocaine addiction to go on a morally inhibited rampage.
While this movie may not be much more than a movie about co-workers killing themselves in the office, Mayhem stays true to itself and gives you exactly what it promises in its title: MAYHEM. Starring Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, Mayhem plays out like every mentally abused, corporate employee’s wet dream: the work day has ended early, but rather than going home, all employees have been infected with a dangerous, contagious disease that causes them to act out in violent ways that they would normally refrain from. Normal workplace activities have been replaced with sex, drugs and short, murderous tempers that could cause employers to reconsider their decision to cut this year’s Christmas bonuses in half.
Any horror fan will tell you that it’s not always easy to weave other genres into a horror film effectively and fairly, but surprisingly, Mayhem is more than just an ugly face with an itchy eyeball. In its modest 86-minute runtime, Joe Lynch effectively blended elements of comedy and action into his non-stop thrill ride. If you’re looking for a fun horror film to fill your time while you sit on the couch and save the world via self-isolation from the current, real contagious disease sweeping the world right now, this may be just what you need.
Caution for employees: taking any meaning from this film with you when you eventually return to work is not recommended.
Caution for employers: treat your employees right, or else.
Caution for viewers: This movie may contain traces of Dave Matthews Band. If you become red-eyed and irritable during the auditory presentation of any Dave Matthews Band material during this film, it may be too late for you.
"Better not be fucking Dave Matthews Band."