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Kiernan Shipka Time-Travels in Amazon Film – The Hollywood Reporter


Kiernan Shipka bonds with her mom’s teenage self while trying to stop a masked murderer in the first full trailer for the forthcoming horror-comedy film Totally Killer.

Nahnatchka Khan’s feature hails from Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television, and it hits Prime Video exclusively on Oct. 6. The movie centers on Jamie (Shipka), who goes out on Halloween night despite her protective mother’s (Julie Bowen) warnings and finds herself attacked by the infamous killer who murdered her mom’s friends years ago. Jamie then accidentally time-travels to the 1980s, to just before the original crimes took place, and has to prevent them from happening in order to return to present day.

The trailer features plenty of comedic moments, including Shipka’s lead character attempting to get to know the high school version of her mom, played by Olivia Holt. While learning about life in 2023, Holt asks, “Do the machines kill us all?” to which Shipka solemnly replies, “No, they more just rip apart the fabric of our society via dance videos on TikTok.” This leads to Holt’s concerned follow-up: “They use dance against us?”

Randall Park, Lochlyn Munro, Charlie Gillespie and Liana Liberato round out the cast. Khan (Always Be My Maybe) directs from a script by David Matalon, Sasha Perl-Raver and Jen D’Angelo. Producers are Jason Blum, Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath.

Totally Killer is the latest Blumhouse title to infuse scares with high-concept comedy following such features as 2020’s Freaky and last year’s M3GAN.

Shipka is known for her roles on Mad Men and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Her upcoming projects include Prime Video’s holiday-themed film Red One opposite Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans, along with next year’s Twister sequel, Twisters.

Joanna Swanson

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