ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Deadtectives (2018) Movie Review

Updated on January 23, 2020
Noel Penaflor7 profile image

My Cat Persephone Wrote this Review on her Smartphone. It was better than Mine. .

He watches James McAvoy for tips on how to hold his head up.
He watches James McAvoy for tips on how to hold his head up.
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
Running Time
92 minutes
Tony West
Tony West

You just missed the final showing of The Lion King for the day and you’re thinking of throwing yourself off a tall building where you’ll fall into your neighbor’s living room and ruin their dinner. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it. You can just see The Lion King another day.

You have a good night’s sleep; grateful you can just watch The Lion King in the afternoon. You already bought tickets on your phone. But your plans are thwarted because your toaster exploded and your arms and legs have been severed.

You’re miffed because you don’t want to miss The Lion King for a second day because where your arms and legs used to be there are now bleeding, gushy stumps.

You call your local physician using your tongue and your nose to manipulate the buttons on your phone. You talk to Doctor Frank, your doctor since you were a kid. You tell her (just don’t assume Doctor Frank was a “He” because her name is Frank) about how you’re going to miss The Lion King again because your toaster exploded and took your arms and legs. They’re now a tattered blood-spattered mess all over your kitchen ceiling and floor. You’re going to have to call your cleaning person Patricia and tell him (just don’t assume the cleaning person is a “She” because his name is Patricia) that your toaster exploded again.

Doctor Frank tells you not to worry. Arms and legs grow back perfectly normal again in about 90 minutes. Just make sure you have a mildly funny distraction that will last the requisite hour and a half. Otherwise they won’t grow back properly and then your head will rot off and hang by the tendons attached to your neck. No amount of movies will cure that.

How to spend the next 90 minutes? By watching the 92-minute horror comedy Deadtectives while you wait for your arms and legs to grow back. Just make sure afterwards to give Karen a good tip because blood stains tend to set deep if left unattended for too long.


Deadtectives opens with your typically douchey reality TV ghost hunters. You’ve seen them. You hate them. If you actually watch stuff like this, I feel bad for your innate gullibility but am glad that you’re entertained by the simplest things. If your head were close by, I’d pat it like I would a puppy’s.

Let’s meet our heroes and sheroes, shall we?

  • Sam Whitner (Chris “Don’t call me Richard” Geere, looking like a young Hugo Weaving)- He’s the main ghost hunter on camera. He puts the white in Whitner because he’s British. All he cares about are ratings. He doesn’t care if people are actually hurt by ghosts because he’s a charlatan. We don’t like him right off the bat.
  • Kate (Tina Ivlev, looking like Evan Rachel Wood’s twin sister)- She’s the producer and Sam’s girlfriend. She’s looking for a new producing job because she’s sick of manipulating ignorant bumpkins with fake ghost hunting. Even if she has to break up with Sam.
  • Lloyd Whitner (David Newman, not looking like anybody in particular, and that’s okay because David Newman is perfect just the way he is)- He’s Sam’s brother and a true believer in ghosts and ghost hunting. He’s developed some tools over the years that he believes will help them detect and catch ghosts. But Sam thinks Lloyd is dumb for believing in ghosts, just like those rubes they trick every episode.
  • Javier (Jose Maria de Tavira, looking like the love child of Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman but with a Spanish accent)- We’re not sure of Javier’s purpose. He seems extraneous except for the fact that he’s fluent in Spanish. I wonder if that will come into play later.

That mop is useful.
That mop is useful.

Anyway, our ghost hunters’ ratings have been dipping over the past couple of years, and the studio has given the show one final episode to raise their ratings or else they’re cancelled.

The studio head has given them a new producer. Her name is…

  • Abril (Martha Higareda, looking like the offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Higareda)- She’s lived her whole life to win an Emmy and she’d do anything to get it. Even if it means sacrificing some of her own cast members.

For the season finale, they’re going down south to visit the most haunted house in all of Mexico. Apparently, there was a brutal murder-suicide involving a farmer, his wife and 2 children.

If only one of the cast members spoke Spanish…

Javier can. I wrote it a couple of paragraphs ago. I know you’re still missing your arms and legs but surely you remember that.

Sam says he’s written the best ghost-hunting script of his life. If they follow it to a tee then they’ll surely scare the viewers and the cancellation will be cancelled.

But the haunted Mexican house (or casa) may have other ideas. Abril might have thoughts on the subject as well, because it’s ratings or die.

And “die” not just figuratively because the show is cancelled but “die” because people might really die. You forgot about Javier speaking Spanish so I didn’t know if you’d get there might be lethal ghosts.

What Works With Deadtectives

  • To those of you who think this kind of sounds like Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners from 1996, it plays almost exactly like Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners from 1996. Except you’ve got 5 Michael J. Fox’s but no R. Lee Ermeys. If you liked that movie then you’ll like this about 10 to 15 percent less. You’ve got no arms and legs, are you really going to be that choosy?
  • Acting-wise, only Jose Maria de Tavira stands out as the very hyper, very Spanish Javier. He gets most of the movie’s funniest lines and is involved in the movie’s funniest scene (an Exorcist reference that’s funnier than it has any right to be). I had hoped during the film that someone else would stand out so I wouldn’t have to write a long name like Jose Maria de Tavira more than once. I blame you Chris Geere, having a short name but an undistinguished performance.
  • Jose Maria de Tavira. I can’t believe I wrote it again. It’s such a long name.

What Doesn't Work With Deadtectives

  • For being billed a horror-comedy, Deadtectives is pretty light on the horror. There are times when the stumpy viewer thinks something scary will happen, but what’s promised is rarely delivered.


Does Deadtectives give enough dead to keep you occupied while your arms and legs grow back? As Jose Maria Elena Joaquin de Tavira would answer, Si.

3 stars for Deadtectives

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      6 months ago

      Understandable. They dropped the ball with Lion King big time. The last few had some good things at least, but this was just lazy.

    • Noel Penaflor7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Noel Penaflor 

      6 months ago from California

      I'm tepid toward live action Disney Cash Grabs. I meant remakes. No, I meant cash grabs.

    • profile image


      6 months ago

      I take it you hate The Lion King.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)