I'm Just F*cking With You, the newest installment of Hulu's Into the Dark horror anthology series, held its world premiere this month at SXSW in Austin, Texas. With each movie in the series presenting a new interesting and unique premise, the Into the Dark movies are produced by the acclaimed movie studio Blumhouse. Of course, Blumhouse is known for killing it in theaters with some of their horror movies reaching insane levels of box office success. Through Hulu, they're looking to create just as many compelling horror titles on the small screen as well, with many correlating with specific holidays and other special days of the year. I'm Just F*cking With You represents April Fools' Day with its focus on practical jokes, and while it suffers from a change in tone partway through the movie, it's still intriguing enough to make for an entertaining viewing upon its release.

The odd Hulu movie begins with meek germophobe Larry (Keir O'Donnell) checking into a motel while en route to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, along with his sister Rachel (Jessica McNamee). As an internet troll, it seems Larry meets his match when he meets the eccentric night manager of the motel, a man named Chester (Hayes MacArthur). Chester wastes no time dishing out practical jokes at Larry's expense, and often utters afterward the titular phrase, "I'm just f*cking with you." Although Larry is clearly bemused, Rachel manages to convince him Chester ultimately means no harm. However, the two will find out soon enough there's a much more sinister side to Chester, proving Rachel to be deathly wrong.

It doesn't take long to start enjoying I'm Just F*cking With You once you begin watching it. Hayes MacArthur might be incredibly annoying from Larry's point of view, but there's a certain charm to him as a viewer that makes him hilarious. It's certainly evident that something is "off" about Chester from the start of the movie, given that it quickly reveals his tendency to secretly watch those staying in the motel through the use of hidden cameras and monitoring equipment. Whether he's sneaking into Larry's room for the sake of a joke or drawing crude images of genitalia on the residents' vehicles, Chester is undoubtedly a very compelling character to watch, and MacArthur deserves tons of credit for making him feel both charming and unnerving.

At first, Chester's jokes may be highly inappropriate, but ultimately not harmful. Things take a sinister turn eventually when Larry and Rachel discover the practical jokester is actually much more dangerous than they thought. The two must then try to survive their harrowing night at the motel while at the mercy of the homicidal wannabe comedian, who just wants people to think he's funny just as much as he wants to harm them. Unfortunately, once the movie makes that hard transition from dark comedy heavier into horror, things get a bit jarring. Chester is still cracking jokes, but the sudden change in tone made me start checking out. Gone was the comedy and the movie no longer felt fun to watch, as the contrast between the comedy and the horror was perhaps just too extreme once it takes that heavy turn.

The film does present and interesting and clever ending, and getting there is undoubtedly a bizarre and wild ride. Ultimately, watching the film does make for entertaining experience, and certain parts might stick with you long after giving it a stream. Still, I'm Just F*cking With You doesn't quite reach its full potential, and I just can't help but feel it'd have been much better off as a dark comedy. I'm Just F*cking With You had its world premiere at SXSW, and is available to stream exclusively on Hulu on April Fool's Day, April 1.

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Jeremy Dick